Students with no previous French study will be placed in FRNC 101 , a class reserved for true beginners. Students with previous French study in high school or college will be placed into the appropriate course by means of the online WebCAPE placement test. This test may be taken more than once before enrolling in French courses; it is free of charge for IUP students. Instructions on how to take the online WebCAPE test are available on the departmental website and in print in the Department of Foreign Languages office (Sutton Hall). As deemed necessary by the individual student or French faculty, the proposed WebCAPE placement may be further refined: Students’ writing and speaking proficiency may be additionally assessed by one or more faculty members in the French program in the Department of Foreign Languages. Each student’s individual requirements and the judgment of the classroom instructors will also be considered in placement. No student will be allowed to register for or take a D/F repeat in FRNC 101 , FRNC 102 , or FRNC 201 when credit has already been received for a higher numbered course.
IUP Course Credit for Acquired Proficiency
Incoming students may receive course credit for their oral proficiency levels in French through the American Council on Education (ACE) Credit Recommendation Service and Language Testing International (LTI), the assessment agency for the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Students who have taken an ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) through LTI, received a proficiency rating by LTI, and received credit recommendation by ACE may receive the following course credits in French at IUP:
|ACTFL Oral Proficiency Ratings (rated by LTI)
||ACE Credit Recommendations
||IUP French Course Equivalencies
||4 Lower Division credits
||Either FRNC 102 or FRNC 201 depending on placement on departmental written exam
||8 Lower Division credits
||FRNC 201 and FRNC 220
|Advanced-Mid or higher
||10 Lower Division credits
||FRNC 201 , FRNC 220 and approved conversation elective
To begin the process, students must contact LTI by e-mail (testing@ language testing.com) to request an ACE College Credit Recommendation by OPI Examination information package and application. There is a fee for the OPI and an ACE application fee to be paid by the candidate.
Study Abroad French Studies Summer Programs: Aix-en-Provence, France/Intensive French Language (Aix-Marseille University) and the Cours d’été, Nancy, France
The Department of Foreign Languages has partnered with the Office of International Education to establish two study abroad experiences in Aix-en-Provence and in Nancy, France. All students having successfully completed FRNC 102 are invited to consider continuing their study of French in France. Students seeking the certificate or minor in French are strongly encouraged to study abroad in one of our centers in France.
These summer programs propose a five or six-week session, including up to 25 hours of weekly language instruction as well as cultural field trips or activities, and weekly debriefing sessions with faculty from the IUP Department of Foreign Languages. Housing options include accommodations in university housing, apartments, and home-stay with a host family. Both programs offer 6 hours of transfer credits that may be used toward completion of any foreign language requirement, the certificate in French, or the French minor.
For further information about cost and application procedures, contact the Department of Foreign Languages.