Proficiencies and Experiences

Second Language (SL):  SMU students will be expected to improve their language proficiency by the equivalent of two-college level semesters.

  • Students can place out of this requirement in ONE of the following ways:

  • Scoring a 4 or 5 on Advanced Placement (AP) language exam

  • Scoring a 5, 6, or 7 on the Higher Level International Baccalaureate (IB) language exam

  • Placing beyond 4th semester language on the SMU placement test (students will be contacted by the WLL Advisor for further testing)

  • Native literacy in a language other than English

  • Transferring in two sequential terms of a second language taken at any regionally accredited, post-secondary institution

Students can meet this requirement at SMU in one of the following ways:

  •  Take 2 terms of a brand-new language.

  • Continue a language already studied.

  • Take two sequential terms of a second language at any regionally accredited, post-secondary institution.


A comprehensive overview of the Second Language Requirement can be found here:
http://www.smu.edu/Dedman/Academics/Departments/WorldLanguages/SecondLanguageRequirement

 

Second Language Proficiency: Student Learning Outcomes:

For ALL WLL languages except Latin

SECOND SEMESTER

  1. Listening: Students will demonstrate ability to understand simple, sentence-length speech, one utterance at a time, using familiar vocabulary and structures.

  2.  Reading: Students will demonstrate ability to understand short, non-complex texts that convey basic information using familiar vocabulary and structures.

  3.  Speaking: Students will demonstrate ability to express themselves in uncomplicated communi­cative situations related to familiar topics by responding to direct questions or requests for infor­mation, with responses typically consisting of short statements and discrete sentences.

  4. Writing: Students will demonstrate ability to write short, simple communications and requests for information in loosely connected texts framed in present time, with some references to other time frames.

THIRD SEMESTER

  1. Listening: Students will demonstrate ability to understand simple sentence-length speech on familiar topics. They can understand the main facts of short non-complex narrative and descriptive speech using familiar vocabulary and structures.

  2.  Reading: Students will demonstrate ability to understand short, non-complex texts that convey basic information and deal with familiar topics. They can understand the main facts of short narrative and descriptive texts using familiar vocabulary and structures.

  3.  Speaking: Students will demonstrate ability to interact effectively in straightforward, concrete conversational situations, for example, by responding to direct questions or requests for infor­mation.

  4. Writing: Students will demonstrate ability to communicate simple facts and ideas in a series of loosely connected sentences on familiar topics, primarily in present time, with some references to other time frames.

FOURTH SEMESTER

  1.  Listening: Students will demonstrate ability to understand the main facts and some supporting details of short narrative and descriptive speech on familiar topics.

  2. Reading: Students will demonstrate ability to understand the main facts and some supporting details of short narrative and descriptive texts on familiar topics.

  3.  Speaking: Students will demonstrate ability to converse effectively when dealing with familiar tasks and social situations.  They can narrate and describe in a variety of time frames using connected discourse of paragraph length.

  4. Writing: Students will demonstrate ability to narrate and describe in a variety of time frames using connected discourse of paragraph length.

Latin ONLY

SECOND SEMESTER
Reading:

  1. Students will demonstrate ability to understand short passages of adapted Latin text with familiar vocabulary and sentence structure.

  2. Students will demonstrate ability to identify basic noun usage and verb aspects in context of adapted Latin text.

Writing:

  1. Students will demonstrate ability to write Latin forms and phrases as directed.

THIRD SEMESTER
Reading:

  1. Students will demonstrate ability to understand short passages of adapted and authentic Latin text using familiar vocabulary and sentence structure.

  2. Students will demonstrate ability to identify noun usage, verb aspects and syntax in context of adapted and authentic Latin text.

Writing:

  1. Students will demonstrate ability to write Latin words or phrases in response to simple Latin questions.

FOURTH SEMESTER
Reading:

  1. Students will demonstrate ability to understand passages of authentic Latin text, both prose and poetry, with familiar vocabulary and sentence structure.

  2. Students will demonstrate ability to identify noun usage, verb aspects and syntax in context of authentic Latin text

Writing:

  1. Students will demonstrate ability to write Latin words or phrases in response to Latin questions.