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Modern Language

French notes in a notebook.RVC offers courses of study in three foreign languages.

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

In which level of foreign language study should a student enroll?


If a student has taken a foreign language in high school within the last three years, use this simple formula:

  • Multiply the number of semesters of high school foreign language study by the numeric equivalent of the grade earned (A=4; B=3; C=1; D=0; F=0).
  • Then divide the total by 2.
  • If the total is:
       0 -   2.5    enroll in    101
       3 -   4.5    enroll in    102
       5 -   9.5    enroll in    203
       10 -  12.5   enroll in    204
       13 -  16     enroll in    205


If students place into a course above 101, they may petition to receive the equivalent college credits for the course or courses they did not have to take at RVC. Upon successful completion (a grade of B or better) of the advanced course, students should contact the Modern Language area for full details.

Finally, if the last semester of high school foreign language study was more than three years ago, or language skills have been acquired from sources other than secondary education, students may take the Rock Valley College Foreign Language Placement/Proficiency Exam. Results on this exam may indicate eligibility to begin an advanced course in that language.

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