No, we don’t provide placement or assessment exams. If you have studied the target language before and you aren’t certain which level is best for you, please contact the department chair (Lourdes Arévalo – 310-434-8491 or email@example.com). All MLCD course outlines are available online in CURRICUNET, so you may look at the course outlines in order to ascertain whether or not you have already learned the information that is covered in a particular course.
No. If you plan to transfer and believe that you have the ability to test out of a language requirement, you should contact your transfer university to find out if they provide that option and service.
Talk to your instructor about resources that you might use during the summer. If you would like to discuss other options, contact the department chair for assistance (Lourdes Arévalo – 310-434-8491 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Though language other than English is not an admission requirement to UC for most majors, it is part of the IGETC Area 6A. This IGETC Area can be fulfilled in many ways. However, the most common way is to take a level 1 course at SMC or in High School have completed level 2B (second year, second semester) or higher with a “C-” or higher (for California High School students this requirement is met by completing Area E in the A-G UC admissions requirements for entering freshmen). There are majors that require more than one level of language other than English for the major. In this case, in order to be competitive, you should take up through the level indicated in www.assist.org.
Also note, that the majority of majors at USC require a language other than English through level 3 to graduate. You will save a lot of money and be more successful in your language classes if you complete your transfer university’s language requirement at SMC. Language classes have a very high unit value: 5 units each for elementary and intermediate classes. If you wait until after you transfer to complete your language requirement, you will need to pay more money than you would have paid at SMC, and you will have forgotten most of your language studies if you didn’t continue them. It will be more difficult for you to be successful if there is a hiatus in your language studies.
If you have further questions, see a counselor who can help you make the best decision in order for you to be a competitive transfer applicant.
Yes. Santa Monica College offers many options for learning a new language. SMC offers non-credit courses and in Modern Languages and Cultures we offer for-credit courses for Certificates of Achievement, global citizenship credit for an AA degree, credit for transfer to UC, CSU, and other public and private universities. All students are welcome in our classes.
We have three Certificates of Achievement: African and Middle Eastern Studies, Asian Studies, and Latin American Studies. They were designed to introduce SMC students to area studies and to prepare them for careers and majors that are relevant to them. These certificates are designed to support a variety of interdisciplinary studies from the Humanities to health care to business. In each area, multicultural and multilingual acumen are an asset. The certificates were designed to support our students’ desire to enhance their opportunities in the job market and in transfer to area studies programs. Contact the department chair (Lourdes Arévalo – 310-434-8491 or email@example.com) if you are interested in completing the requirements for the Certificate of Achievement.
No. You will not be able to get credit for the language requirement if you graduated from a high school where that language was used as the language of instruction.
This is a common question. Unfortunately, language classes require constant study. You need to find study time at least five or six days a week. Repetition and practice are the keys to success. Students who only study a couple of days a week can’t remember all of the detailed information when they try to study over intense long periods of time. It’s better to spread out the study sessions over the week and vary them by studying alone, with study partners, and by meeting with tutors. Integrate tutoring sessions into your study routine.