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Attention students! As you plan your spring schedule and choose your courses, we urge you to consider completing any future language requirement here at GCC. Here are two key questions:

Are you considering transfer to a four-year school?
If so, you may need to complete a language requirement, typically a four-semester sequence. “Some colleges, such as the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Mount Holyoke College, require proficiency in a foreign language to earn a bachelor’s degree. You may find it advantageous to complete a foreign language requirement at GCC, so that you can concentrate on the requirements of your major when you transfer.” (GCC catalog, p. 32)

Have you ever studied a language other than English?
If you have studied French, Latin or Spanish, you should rejoin the language sequence, rather than starting over. Repeated stops and starts in language lead to misplacement and unnecessary repetition of coursework; this wastes your time, money and financial aid allotment. You may be eligible to receive FRE, LAT or SPA college credit for prior experience in our program.

Find out how you can get college credit for prior experience in French or Spanish!

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Credit for prior language experience

Published on August 1, 2011 by in News, Uncategorized

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As you plan your fall schedule and choose your courses, we urge you to consider completing any future language requirement here at GCC. Here are two key questions:

1) Are you considering transfer to a four-year school?

If so, you may need to complete a language requirement, typically a four-semester sequence. “Some colleges, such as the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Mount Holyoke College, require proficiency in a foreign language to earn a bachelor’s degree. You may find it advantageous to complete a foreign language requirement at GCC, so that you can concentrate on the requirements of your major when you transfer.” (GCC catalog, p. 32)

2) Have you ever studied a language other than English?

If you have studied French or Spanish, you should rejoin the language sequence, rather than starting over. Repeated stops and starts in language lead to misplacement and unnecessary repetition of coursework; this wastes your time, money and financial aid allotment. You may be eligible to receive FRE or SPA college credit for prior experience in our program.

College credit for prior experience in world language

1)   A prospective student will take a challenge exam in two parts: an online assessment (reading comprehension and writing), followed by a brief oral interview (listening / speaking).

2)   Students who pass will be placed into the language learning sequence here at GCC. Once a student successfully completes that semester (C or better), confirming their sustained performance as predicted by the challenge exam, s/he would receive credit for that class and the preceding semester(s).

A note on the financial incentives:

If a student is granted 4 credits for the equivalent of 101, for example, s/he would save a total of $647, the cost of a 4-credit class minus the fees. (A $30 testing fee is added to the semester bill at the time of the test; a $40 per-credit fee applies when the credits are awarded.)

*** This program is optional: no exam is required for World Language classes ***

For more information or to make an appointment for a exam, please contact the World Languages Department:

Charlotte Gifford, Chair of World Languages
Office: N223 413-775-1227  or  gifford@gcc.mass.edu

Norma Quesada, Professor of Spanish
Office: N221 413-775-1282  or  quesada@gcc.mass.edu

Go to: www.stamptest.net and click on “Practice test” to see samples. (Skip over the audio checks.)

 

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Greenfield Community College’s World Languages Department is offering a special course opportunity this fall that will help students fulfill several requirements. If you will need to take College Reading Strategies (COL 090), you should consider taking it in the setting of our Learning Community. A Learning Community is a team-taught interdisciplinary offering with assignments that focus on a common theme.

Our Learning Community is a combination of COL 090 and Elementary Spanish I (SPA 101), allowing you to meet the developmental prerequisite for many other courses at the college AND earn college credit for a world language. This is a particularly good option if you are considering transfer to a four-year school, as it will allow you to start a future language requirement here at GCC in a supportive community of learners. Please consider this opportunity for this fall!

  • COL 090 C – Tues/Thurs 10:00-11:40 with Mary Ellen Kelly
  • SPA 101 D – Tues/Thurs 12:30-2:45 with Charlotte Gifford

Students will learn the reading and study strategies necessary to be successful in college while learning to communicate in Spanish across cultures.  Books, poetry, articles, films, and other course material will focus on the Latino experience.

Research indicates that second language study reinforces the developmental process in both languages. This learning community offers students a unique opportunity to begin their academic career in a bilingual setting.

This option will be a particularly good choice for students who hope to transfer to a four-year institution, as it will allow them to start a future language requirement here at GCC in a supportive learning community.

Please contact Charlotte Gifford at gifford@gcc.mass.edu for more information.

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It’s a pleasure to announce the winners of the 2010 International Student Language and Culture Travel Awards: Amy Laprade and Jacob Powers.  Both students will continue their studies in Spanish at a language school in Guatemala this summer.  Amy is a writer and may also teach English as a Second Language to Spanish speakers; seeking an MFA in writing, she is dedicated to multilingualism and is our first award recipient who has applied for the program twice, this time very successfully.  Jacob’s studies at GCC focus on social work, psychology and writing; his current professional activities and future goals include using Spanish to communicate with people in his work.  He also expects the cross-cultural immersion experience to expand his understanding of his own American identity.  The International Studies Committee wishes to thank all the interested students who applied this year, and to express profound appreciation to President Bob Pura and to the Student Senate for their co-sponsorship of this amazing learning opportunity.  Congratulations to Amy and Jacob, and best wishes for a delightful summer.

Kit Carpenter – Chair, International Studies CommitteeCommit

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Thanks to the generous support of the Student Senate and Pres. Bob Pura, again this year we are able to offer two scholarships for returning GCC students to study language and culture in an immersion experience abroad. The International Studies Committee thanks them for making this unforgettable and life-changing opportunity a reality.

A stipend of up to $1800 will be awarded to support a 2-3 week study of French in Canada or France or the study of Spanish in Costa Rica, Mexico, Guatemala or Puerto Rico.  Study will take place in the summer of 2010.

The awardee will be selected by the International Studies Committee and a representative of the Student Senate. Students must be returning to GCC in September 2010, must have completed 12 credits at GCC and will be asked to give a presentation on their experience upon returning to the college.

Key criteria

  1. Who will benefit most? For whom will it be a life-changing experience?
  2. Who will be most able to communicate his/her experience?
  3. Who will be the best representative of the US and respond well to the role?

Preference will be given to those with no prior international travel experience, but others should still apply.

To apply, students must first submit an essay of not more than 3 double-spaced typed pages. Essays must include contact information: name, address, phone and email. In the essay, applicants should address these questions:

  • How does an international experience fit into your personal and career goals?
  • How would you describe the US to a citizen of the country you’d like to visit?

Finalists will be selected and will meet with the selection panel to present and discuss their essays. Submit essays to Jan Ross, Humanities Department Office, N328. If you have any questions, please see Charlotte Gifford (N223, x1227) or Kit Carpenter (N325, x1226).

An information session will be help April 2 at 12:00 noon in the Humanities Conference room to learn more about this opportunity and get answers to your questions.

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It gives me great pleasure to announce the recipients of this spring’s competition for the International Studies Language and Culture Travel Awards for 2009.  From a well-qualified pool of applicants, Dori Nadolny and Michelle Scully have been chosen to travel abroad this summer.  Travel destinations and plans are underway, but so far Dori, a nurse manager in New Hampshire, plans to go to Costa Rica, and Michelle, planning a nursing career, hopes to travel to France.  Congratulations to them both, with thanks to the International Studies Committee and special appreciation for this year’s funding from President Pura and from the Student Senate.

Kit Carpenter
Chair, International Studies Committee

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