The Department of World Languages offers a variety of traditional and innovative majors and minors in French, German, Japanese, Spanish and English as a second language; a minor in classical studies; a group minor in bilingual-bicultural teacher education leading to either elementary or secondary certification; a group minor in teaching English to speakers of other languages; and a group major in language and international trade.
Students in the Language and International Trade (L&IT) program with concentrations in business German are eligible to take examinations administered by Eastern Michigan University to validate their business language competency.
A placement test is given at the beginning of the fall and winter terms, and is required of all students of foreign language unless they are taking their first course in a foreign language or have completed their most recent course in that language at EMU. It is also recommended for students whose last course in a language was completed more than one year previously. Further details on testing are available in the department office. Students should consult advising coordinators for interpreting test results and creating a schedule.
Any registration by a student prior to receiving placement test results will be considered provisional. The Department of World Languages will help students change their registration to the appropriate course, when necessary without financial penalties.
Listed below are approximate guidelines for preliminary registration. They do not consider important factors such as actual grades received, academic standards, amount of time elapsed since completing the course, etc.:
One to two years of high school would probably place in 121.
Three years of high school would probably place in 122.
More than three years of high school would probably place in 221 (except in Spanish) and/or 233. In Spanish, most would probably place in 201.
For every year elapsed since the last completed course in your foreign language, go down one level (e.g., from 200 to 100).
Students placing at the 100 or 200 level may need up to 24 additional credit hours of language study before beginning courses required for a major in foreign language.
Department Residency Requirements:
Residency, for the purposes of this section, means registering for, attending and successfully completing the required courses.
Students declaring teaching majors in a foreign language must complete at EMU 15 credit hours consisting of the appropriate courses at the 400 level for the major chosen. For teaching majors in French, German and Spanish, these courses are 443, 444, 490 and 492. For teaching majors in Japanese, they are 444, 446, 490 and 494.
Non-teaching majors in French, German Language and Literature, Japanese Language and Culture, or Spanish (but not Language and International Trade): Students declaring non-teaching majors in a foreign language must complete at EMU 15 credit hours consisting of the appropriate courses at the 300 and 400 level for the major chosen. For non-teaching majors in French, German and Spanish, these courses are 443, 444, 490 and 492. For non-teaching majors in Japanese, they are 344, 361, 444, 446 and 494.
Students in the Language and International Trade Major must complete the following nine credit hours in French, German, Japanese or Spanish: 361, 446, 447.
Teaching minors in French, German Language and Literature, Bilingual-Bicultural Education Spanish-English, or Spanish students declaring teaching minors in a foreign language must complete at EMU 12 credit hours consisting of the appropriate courses at the 400-level for the minor chosen. For teaching minors in French, German and Spanish these courses are 443, 444 and 490. For Bilingual-Bicultural Education Spanish-English, they are FLAN421, FLAN422, SPNH471 and SPNH 482.
Students declaring non-teaching minors in a foreign language must complete at EMU 6 credit hours consisting of the appropriate courses at the 300 and 400 level for the minor chosen. For non-teaching minors in French and German, these courses are either courses 343 and 344 or six credit hours at the 400 level for which the student has the prerequisites. For Japanese, students must take any two of the following courses: 343, 344 and 361 or 444. For Spanish, the courses are either 343 and 344, or 443 and 444.
Oral Proficiency Interview Requirement:
All students on teaching curricula in World Languages shall be rated in the last semester prior to graduation through an interview conducted by an oral proficiency tester certified by ETS-ACTFL.
English as a Second Language
English as a Second Language (ESL) courses are taught in the Department of World Languages. These courses carry academic credit and are calculated in the total GPA.
Admission status is based on the first English proficiency score that students send to the University. If a later test results in a higher score, it also should be sent to the Admissions Office. All scores must arrive two weeks before the first day of the term.
Students will be given ESL conditional admission if they are admitted to the University, but score below the minimum scores required below:
||Undergraduate TOEFL (CBT)
Undergraduate TOEFL (PBT)
Undergraduate TOEFL (iBT)
Students with an ESL conditional admission must take ESL classes in the first semester in which they are enrolled. Placement into ESL classes will be determined by the sub-scores achieved on the TOEFL or MELAB. (Contact the ESL Office for more information.)
Once placed into ESL courses students must complete each course with a grade of C or higher to advance to the next level. (Students who receive a grade of C- or lower for a course must repeat that course in the next semester in which they are enrolled.) Students must continue ESL courses each semester until they finish the 400 level for undergraduate students, or the 500 level for graduate students.
When students are at the 500 level of ESL, they may be eligible to take other classes at the same time.
When students have successfully completed the required ESL courses, their admission status is changed from conditional to regular.
Regular University academic probation and dismissal policies apply to students in ESLN courses.
World Languages Programs and Courses