All students pursuing a B.A. degree must satisfy the college-level foreign language requirement, which in Florida is met through satisfactory completion (C or better) of a second-level language course. USFSM accepts many languages to fill this requirement; students seeking to have credit accepted or to demonstrate competency for exemption, should discuss this with their academic advisor.
At USFSM, students can meet the foreign language requirement through the study of two languages:
Spanish Course Sequence (accepted in all degree programs)
- SPN 1120 Beginning Spanish I (4 credits) – for those with no previous Spanish language experience
- SPN 1110 Introductory Spanish for High Beginners (3 credits) – an alternative to SPN 1120
- SPN 1121 Beginning Spanish II (4 credits) – must be completed or exempted
American Sign Language Course Sequence (accepted in some degree programs)
- ASL 2140c Basic American Sign Language I (4 credits)
- ASL 2150c Intermediate American Sign Language (4 credits)
Spanish Language Placement
In Spanish, it is possible to exempt one or both courses through a placement test. The placement test assesses the student’s skills level to indicate the appropriate class for the student to enter. By taking the placement test, students can avoid spending time, effort, and money on unnecessary classes.
Students must take the placement test
- If they have taken one or more years of high-school Spanish,
- If the test indicates that one’s skills level is equal to accomplishment of SPN 1120, one may exempt that course and enter SPN 1121.
- If the test indicates that one’s skills level is below the accomplishment of SPN 1120, one may take SPN 1110 (3 credits) to raise one’s competency to what will be needed to enter SPN 1121. Or one may elect to take SPN 1120 (4 credits), but if one elects this option, one will earn only an S/U grade.
Students may take the placement test
- If they grew up speaking Spanish with family and friends
- Depending on one’s assessed skills level, one may exempt none, one, or both courses.
- If they took SPN 1120 at USF more than two terms previously
- If the test indicates that one’s skills level is below the accomplishment of SPN 1120, one may retake SPN 1120 if qualified for “grade forgiveness”
- Or one may pay to audit SPN 1120 or SPN 1110 as space allows.
- If they took college Spanish elsewhere.
- If the test indicates that one’s skills level is below the accomplishment of SPN 1120, one may pay to audit SPN 1120 or SPN 1110 as space allows.
Spanish Language Competency Levels
The USFSM Spanish language placement test identifies four levels of language competency, based on the National Proficiency Guidelines of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL, 2012).
||A student whose performance on the placement test is rated as “Novice-Low” will be placed in SPN 1120.|
||A student whose performance on the placement test is rated as “Novice-Mid” will be placed in SPN 1110.|
||A student whose performance on the placement test is rated as “Novice-High” will be placed in SPN 1121.|
|A student whose performance on the placement test is rated “Intermediate-Low” or above will be exempt from taking Spanish courses to meet the foreign language requirement.|