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Department of Modern Languages

Enrollment Information

Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Language Courses
  • Levels I and II of each language introduce the student to the structure of the language and provide ample opportunity for practicing the spoken language, including additional experience in the language laboratory.
  • Levels III and IV provide a continuation of Level II with practice in the spoken and written language. They may include intensive grammar review as well as introduction to reading the modern prose of the respective language.
  • Courses on the 500 level refine the speaking, listening, writing and reading skills developed in the beginning and intermediate language courses. Conducted entirely in the foreign language, these courses attempt to build the confidence of the student in using the language while simultaneously increasing his or her knowledge in specific areas of language, literature and culture. They include courses on composition and civilization as well as introductions to the literature of the respective language.
  • The 700-level courses further increase the student's sophistication in spoken and written language skills and train him or her in the specialized techniques of literary study.

Our department encourages students to study abroad in order to enhance their major or minor. While university policy requires courses applied towards the minor and the major to be taken in residence, we will accept appropriate coursework taken toward the minor and the major; provided that at least two 400/500 level courses for the minor, and two 700 level courses for the major be taken on campus. Students are advised to consult with the department regarding applicability of courses taken abroad to their program of study.

Students interested in preparing for graduate school or for high school teaching should be aware of the corollary courses in linguistics: 681, General Phonetics, and 780, Introduction to Linguistics. Six hours of history of the country of the student's major language are desirable.

Enrollment Troubleshoot

Go on your Student Center on KSIS, check if you have any holds on your account and contact the person/office listed to take care of it.

Check if the course you need to enroll in requires a permission. If it does, contact the instructor listed.

Check if the course is full/closed. If so, enroll as you normally would, and click on "waitlist" when when prompted to do so by the KSIS system.

Check the KSIS help section.

KSIS

KSIS is K-State' Student Information System through which you can enroll, check your holds, check when you can enroll, find your advisor's name and contact information, run a DARS report to see how close you are to completing all requirements. KSIS' general Help page can provide assistance with searching courses (Note, in step #4, method 1, in the dialog box, make sure to unselect "show open classes only" to see all courses), enroll in a courseenroll in a closed course (waitlist), etc.

Language Placement Information

The Department of Modern Languages strives to provide the best possible learning environment for its students, and for this reason we take very seriously the placement of students in courses that match their abilities. Each class in the sequence of our courses is designed so that students advance in reading, listening, writing, speaking, and cultural proficiency. In order to best serve each individual, the Department reserves the right to remove students from the rosters of classes that do not correspond to their proficiency levels. Students who have acquired advanced language skills abroad or at home must consult with Modern Languages staff in order to determine their appropriate entry point in our language sequence. Students who begin their coursework at advanced levels may qualify for retroactive credit in as many as four courses.

  • If you have never taken any language classes, you can enroll directly in level 1 of the language you are interested in. For Spanish, you will need to request permission to enroll in Eisenhower Hall 005, or by contacting Spanish Coordination (spanishcoordination@k-state.eduwith the following information: full name, student WID number, reference of the section you want to enroll in.

  • If you have taken language classes in FrenchGerman, or Spanish in the past, and/or are transferring courses, and/or have learned the language with your family growing up, you must take a placement test in the KLC (Eisenhower Hall 001) or online: go to http://webcape.byuhtrsc.org/nwcregister.php?acct=ksu, and enter the password: cats8586. The test takes about 20 minutes, though some may take longer. Once you have completed the test, take a screen cap of your results, and email the following offices and faculty with the following information: full name, student WID number, placement exam score, include some information about your past language experience (either at school, work or home)--for example, number of years of study, with whom you speak the language, grammatical forms studied, etc.:

  • If you have taken language classes in Arabic, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Latin, or Russian in the past, and/or are transferring courses, please contact the faculty listed below for placement with the following information: full name, student WID number, and include some information about your past language experience (either at school, work or home)--for example, number of years of study, with whom you speak the language, etc.:

THIS IS IMPORTANT, if you can test into a higher level and successfully complete the course with a "C" or better, you will receive retroactive credit for the preceding courses for FREE, on a "take one class/ receive credit for one class" basis, and you can finish your Spanish course sequence more quickly as well. All you have to do is fill out a form in the Modern Languages Office (Eisenhower 104).

NoteThe Department of Modern Languages strives to provide the best possible learning environment for its students, and for this reason we take very seriously the placement of students in courses that match their abilities. Each class in the sequence of our courses is designed so that students advance in reading, listening, writing, speaking, and cultural proficiency. In order to best serve each individual, the Department reserves the right to remove students from the rosters of classes that do not correspond to their proficiency levels. Students who have acquired advanced language skills abroad or at home must consult with Modern Languages staff in order to determine their appropriate entry point in our language sequence. Students who begin their coursework at advanced levels may qualify for retroactive credit in as many as four courses.

Retroactive Credit

You can apply online for *FREE, non-graded retroactive credit* if you begun your language studies at K-State, in courses beyond level-I courses. For each course completed at K-State with a C or better, you may apply to receive retroactive credit for one lower-level course. For example, if you successfully complete Spanish II at K-State, you can receive retroactive credit for Spanish I. You can receive retroactive credit in all languages for levels 1 through 4 (up to 18-20 hours of credit depending on the language), thus completing your language course sequence, your minor or major faster. You can fill out a retroactive credit application form below, or in the Modern Languages Office (104 Eisenhower Hall). Forms can be submitted only once grades for the course(s) have been posted on KSIS.

This process may take several weeks, if you do not see any changes in your DARS list within a month of submission, please contact Mary Siegle at msiegle@ksu.edu.

Retroactive Credit Application Form
 
First Day Attendance Policy

The Department of Modern Languages follows the University's rules regarding first day attendance and will drop students for non-attendance on the first day to allow waitlisted students to enroll:
"An instructor may drop a student from any or all components (e.g., lecture, recitation, lab, etc.) of a course if the student is absent at the beginning of the first class period of any component of the course. Students who cannot be in attendance should arrange prior permission from the instructor in order not to be dropped. For purposes of this policy, enrollment in and payment of tuition for a course do not constitute notification of intent to take a course." (University catalog)

Note: Attendance policies will be determined by the instructor/coordinator of each course. Instructors/Coordinators will determine if, and the manner in which, work and examinations missed may be made up.

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