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World Languages

Introduction

Frequently Asked Questions


What will my class look like?


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In-class time is limited, and out-of-class work is essential

  • World languages classes at the community college and university level are intense, with a fast pace and less time in-class. The pace is challenging, but you can succeed by figuring out the rhythm of the course and college overall. Be organized, keep up, create a regular routine to check the syllabus for changes, and most of all, expect changes and adapt to them. This is all easier said than done, but you can do it.
  • To succeed in the classes, you'll need to Be prepared to practice your language outside of class, a lot.  How much depends on you, but to be successful, you must put in the time needed, be it one your own, studying with friends, talking with your instructor, or getting extra help on or off campus.



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World languages courses come in all shapes, sizes, and styles

  • The number of students in your course depends on the course and may vary depending on college or university. Most language courses will be small enough that the instructor knows and uses your name. A great strategy for success  your peers' names and reach out for a study pal or form a study group.
  • Things to expect in class:
    • to use the target language in class, that is what your instructor will do,
    • extensive guided practice to build speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills,
    • a technology component, with class materials on the internet and potentially some online assignments.

How can I get help in world languages?


There are numerous ways to get help, if you reach out

  • At the WY community colleges and UW, there are lots of ways to get help. In-class time is limited, so take advantage of assistance outside of class. 

  • All successful students take advantage of the opportunities for extra help on and off campus, be it going to the instructor’s office hours or going to a language lab.

  • As a college student, you are responsible for your learning. You have to go looking for the assistance, and you'll be rewarded when you do.

Some opportunities for assistance are:

  • Office Hours
  • Study groups
  • Tutors
  • Language labs
  • Language or film club
  • Watching TV in your language or a pen pal
  • Online resources

Reach out to your instructor

  • Your instructors care about you and your success, so talk to them in their office hours when you have questions, are struggling, or just want advice about your language class. 
  • It is a student’s responsibility to reach out to instructors.
  • When you reach out instructors get to know you, and are in a good position to write a recommendation or help you plan international study experiences.

Top Tip Text: Get to know your instructor, go to office hours.

What if I studied a language elsewhere?


Continue on!

  • It's fantastic that you started studying a world language, be in middle school, high school, community college, or university! You should and can get credit for what you know so you start in the right class for you. These opportunities include:
    • Credit-by-exam
    • Dual Credit classes (High school to college)
    • Advanced Placement Exam (high school to college)
    • International Baccalaureate Exam (high school to college)
    • Transfer coursework (WY community colleges to UW)

Talk to your high school teacher, counselor and college advisors to find the right course of study for you, at your institution. You can learn more about opportunities and advisors at each community college and university by clicking on their logo.

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