World Languages



Overview

The world language challenge exams are designed to offer MCC students the chance to earn college credit by proving they are able to communicate fluently in Arabic, French, Khmer, Portuguese or Spanish.  MCC instructors who are content experts developed the challenge exams.  These five languages were intentionally chosen to reflect the multicultural demographics of the communities surrounding our campuses. 

 

Benefits for Students

Earning college credit by exam is a high-yield and low-risk option for students who have knowledge in a language in addition to English.  Test taking is a convenient option for students because the exam's cost is considerably less than a 3-credit course.  Students do risk losing the non-refundable exam fee if they do not pass, but failing a challenge exam will not affect a student's grade point average. Additionally, students can fulfill their humanities elective credits, general education, transfer, and graduation requirements with a world language challenge exam for credit for prior learning. 

 

How it Works

To assure quality control, exam components have been included to assess all the modalities of communication: listening and speaking, reading comprehension, writing, and grammar. Before the students pay the $150 fee, they are encouraged to meet with the content expert to obtain review materials and learn how to prepare for the exam.  

If a student can achieve a minimum passing score of 77% or higher, he or she can earn 3 college credits for prior learning and it is noted on his or her MCC transcript as TR (for transfer) from Credit for Prior Learning without a grade. Transfer can be assured only for MassTransfer programs into related programs at another Massachusetts public college.

World Language Prior Learning Assessment Challenge Examination will consist of:

60% - Writing Portion: This consists of 10 exercises covering all grammatical structures and lexical items students learn in a beginning 1 course. 

40% - Oral Portion: This consists of 10 questions to ask the student to prompt him or her to produce spoken language.  This part of exam will include main functions students learn in a beginning I course: greetings, introductions, asking about someone's name, farewells, etc. 

In the receptive listening portion, the student has to listen to some authentic questions and chose the correct answer from a multiple choice exercise. The listening portion can either be chosen from material available in Pearson's language lab or some authentic material spoken by a native speaker and stored electronically.

 

 

Courses Where Exams are Offered

LAN 181 –Beginning Arabic I:  3 credits
Develops four language communication skills:  reading, listening, writing, and speaking.  Students learn alphabet and begin to read and write simple sentences and to respond to greetings and simple commands and gain understanding and respect of another culture. 

LAN 111 –Beginning French I:  3 credits 
Extensive oral practice and the communicative language teaching approach develop students’ comprehension and speaking skills.  Simple reading and writing are introduced, as well as aspects of the culture. 

LAN 171--Beginning Khmer I:  3 credits 
Introduction to both spoken and written language, with conversational proficiency as primary goal.  Covers basic grammatical structures and includes intensive oral practice and listening comprehension.  Focus is on practical command of  language and participation in everyday conversations, and reading and writing on an elementary level.  Aspects of Cambodian culture and history will be covered. 

LAN 141--Beginning Portuguese I:  3 credits
Uses a conversational approach to teach main grammatical points of the language. 

LAN 152--Beginning Spanish I:  3 credits 
Extensive oral practice and the communicative language teaching approach develop students’ comprehension and speaking skills. Simple reading and writing are introduced, as well as aspects of the culture. 

 

 

Last Modified: 6/30/16