Experiential Language Credit Options

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Welcome Dual Immersion Students!

Your AP score in your target language will either place you into a class or, more likely, demonstrate that you have met the SLCC language requirement. We hope you’ll choose to study another language while at SLCC.

SLCC’s General Education Requirement for the AA degree is 2 semesters of College-level language (in the same language), or equivalent ability as demonstrated through testing. Many 4-year institutions, such as the U. of Utah, require students to demonstrate ability equivalent to 4 semesters of college-level language for the BA degree (in the same language).

Because many students acquire language skills outside the classroom, the Humanities and Languages Division’s experiential language credit options allow you to demonstrate your language abilities through testing. This option can save you significant tuition costs and time.

To determine your placement or proficiency level, you have two options.

  1. If you have a low or intermediate level of ability in a language, and wish to pursue further study at SLCC in that language, take the placement exam, which will tell you which is the best course for you to enroll in.
    • The placement exam is offered at no cost and generally takes 30-45 minutes.
    • You must be currently enrolled in and taking classes at SLCC in order to take the placement test. If you are not currently in an SLCC degree or certificate program, you may take the placement test with permission from the Humanities and Languages Division.
    • Check recent course listings to verify that second-year courses are available in the language. For example, at this time we regularly offer second-year courses in Arabic, Chinese, French, Japanese, and Spanish, but not in Italian, Portuguese, Russian, or Vietnamese.
    • Important: SLCC’s language department does not permit you to take courses below your proficiency level.
  2. If you have an intermediate level of ability in a language, and want to test out of the College language requirement, you must take the proficiency exam as outlined below.
    • The proficiency exam costs $20 and often takes up to 3 hours.
    • You must be currently enrolled and taking classes at SLCC, in an SLCC AA degree program – with a language requirement – in order to take the proficiency test.
    • This option is designed only for students who have significant experience in the target language and are probably too advanced to take a language course at SLCC – but who need to complete their language requirement.

Neither of these options is available to native speakers of a language who grew up in a country or region speaking the language, attended school in the language, etc. Such students must use English to complete their language requirement; see below. The Humanities and Languages Division is the final arbiter of whether or not a student is permitted to pursue placement or proficiency testing.

If you have advanced language skills from any previous setting, either through missionary work, other coursework, or an extended stay in a non-English-speaking country or region, your first step is to take the SLCC Language Proficiency Exam, available at a cost of $20.

  • The Proficiency Exam is currently available in Arabic, Chinese Mandarin (Traditional and Simplified), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
  • You may take it on a walk-in basis in the Center for Languages (TB 315), Monday – Friday, 9 AM – 3:30 PM. The test takes about 3 hours. Your score results take about two weeks. However, it may take up to 60 days to post results to your transcript. There may be delays during summers or college breaks, depending upon faculty availability.
  • Reminder: You must be currently enrolled in an SLCC AA degree program – with a language requirement – in order to take the proficiency test.
  • Reminder: Native speakers of a language other than English are required by SLCC policy to use English to meet the language requirement; see below.

According to your score, one of the following things will happen:

  • If you demonstrate proficiency equivalent to someone completing LANG 1020 or above, your result will be sent to the Transfer Evaluation Office and you will be awarded 5 hours of credit in that language at the correct level (although not above 2020).
  • If you score below LANG 1020, no credits will be posted to your transcript. You will need to take courses to satisfy your AA language requirement.
  • Students can receive 5 hours of experiential credit in one language only. Students who have received prior language credit are not eligible to receive experiential credit in any other language.

The SLCC Language Proficiency Exam is available in Arabic, Chinese Mandarin (Traditional and Simplified), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish; see above for details on taking this test.

  • You must take the SLCC proficiency test to receive credit in these languages. Results from Foreign Language Achievement Testing Services (FLATS), or other testing services, are not accepted for these languages.

If you wish to show proficiency in another language for which SLCC does not have a proficiency test - in Tagalog, for example - you will need to take the FLATS test, offered by Brigham Young University (BYU).

  • Click here to see if testing in your language is available.
  • The exam fee is $50 and is paid at the time of registration for the exam.
  • We accept only exams proctored at SLCC.
  • To test at SLCC:
    • Register for BYU FLATS at the website linked above.
    • Select SLCC as the testing site. To register, you will need to provide BYU with the following SLCC proctor:

      Bernadette Astorga-Martinez
      TestingServices@slcc.edu

    • You then contact SLCC Testing Services to set up an appointment to take the exam at 801-957-4964. We suggest waiting two business days after registering before you set up the appointment, to allow BYU to process your registration.
    • Once you’ve taken the FLATS exam, please have your results sent to SLCC.
    • If you demonstrate proficiency equivalent to someone completing LANG 1020 or above, your result will be sent to the Transfer Evaluation Office and you will be awarded 5 hours of credit in that language at the correct level (although not above 2010).

If you grew up speaking a language other than English as your first language, you must use English course work to meet your language requirement.

  • Complete 3 or more credits of ESL 1020 or higher ESL coursework with a grade of C- or better. You must be placed into the ESL course by your Accuplacer test scores.
  • If you graduated from high school in a non-English speaking country or region but don’t need ESL classes because you scored high enough on your TOEFL or the Accuplacer, you can meet your requirement by completing ENGL 2010 or higher with a grade of C- or better.
    • You will be required to provide a high school (or higher) transcript documenting graduation outside the U.S., at a non-English speaking school, in a non-English speaking country or region.

A student who grew up in the United States, or another English-speaking country or region, speaking both English and another language, is considered to be a “heritage speaker” of that language. Heritage speakers can demonstrate language competency by taking the SLCC Language Proficiency Exam as described above.

Many heritage speakers wish to learn more about their heritage language, literature/s, and culture/s. The Proficiency Exam can be used to meet your language requirement, and can also be used to place you into an upper-level course, either at SLCC, the U. of Utah, or other four-year colleges. Ask your faculty language mentor to advise you.

  • There is also a Placement Exam for heritage speakers of Spanish. As the name suggests, the test is for placement only; it cannot be used to show proficiency. It will enable you to enroll directly into SPN 2010, 2020, 2040 (“Spanish for Spanish Speakers”) or 2800 (“Medical Spanish”), depending on your score and interests.
  • Heritage speakers who enroll in LANG 1010 and 1020 may be required to switch to a higher-level course, depending on the instructor’s assessment of their language ability. SLCC’s language department does not permit students to take courses below their proficiency level.

The Center for Languages is located on the Redwood campus in TB (the Technology Building), room 315.

See: Center for Languages
Call: 801-957-3855

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The Language adviser is Claudia Gutierrez Sanchez (Spanish-speaking).

Go: Redwood Campus, Student Center (STC), room 240H
Email: claudia.gutierrezsanchez@slcc.edu
Call: 801-957-4618

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  • All policies are effective as of December 16, 2019 and will remain in effect until further notice.
  • All placement, proficiency and FLATS results are invalid after one calendar year, from the date of testing. Do not wait until the last minute to ensure that your results and credits have been posted on your transcript.
  • The Humanities & Languages Division is the final arbiter for all non-standard applications of this policy.

For questions regarding the transfer of experiential language credit to other Utah institutions of higher education, please contact SLCC’s academic advisor for Languages:

Claudia Gutierrez Sanchez (Spanish-speaking)
Redwood Campus, Student Center (STC), room 240H
Email: claudia.gutierrezsanchez@slcc.edu
Call: 801-957-4618