The person who speaks two
languages is worth double.
Language testing is not required at MCC for placement intoa
foreign language course.
- Beginning courses are levels 101 followed by 102.
- Intermediate courses are levels 103 followed by 104.
- Advanced courses are at the 200 level:
- 201/202 History and Culture courses
- 205/206 Advanced Conversation courses
Students with no prior language experience should enroll in the 101 level
of the language.
Any student with previous knowledge of the language should consider the
following criteria, along with the prerequisites and course content for
- How many years of the language have you already taken?
(Remember that many area schools have two years at the middle school
level that is equivalent to only one year at the high school level)
- How long ago did you take the course and how much do
- What type of success did you have with your initial study
of the language?
- Were your previous instructors and texts demanding or
- How does your knowledge base compare with the texts used
at MCC? (Consult the campus bookstore
or library copies of the texts in use by the department this semester.)
- If you have some native language experience from home
or family, consider: your reading level, spelling ability, speaking
ability, verb conjugation ability in different tenses, etc. You
may be strong is some areas and weak in others, necessitating that you
fill in the gaps. Or, you may be able to get credit for your knowledge;
click here to learn more.
Feel free to contact a foreign language professor or the department chair
for help in determining proper placement.
You are welcome to move up or down if you begin the semester at the wrong
level. Do so as soon as possible.
It is suggested that students consult the course descriptions for information
on course content and prerequisites:
Remember: It is unwise and unfair to place yourself in a
level below your ability. It is intimidating to other students and boring
to you. Take the opportunity to learn something new and challenge your
What different courses are offered?
It is recommended, though not required, that students enroll simultaneously
in a conversation class of the similar level:
101 with 111
102 with 112
103 with 113
104 with 114
205 with 201 or 202
206 with 201 or 202
Spanish is a language that is widely used in the United States in homes,
schools and the workplace. Non-native Spanish speakers become valuable
assets to their community when they can communicate in English and Spanish.
For this reason, MCC offers the above mentioned courses as well as career
courses to meet the students's need for Spanish in the workplace.
Foreign Language Requirements
- SUNY schools require a minimum of three credits
of a foreign language for graduation. The level of attainment (101,
102, 103, 104, etc.) varies from school to school. Check your transfer
school's foreign language requirements.
- The New York State Education Department requires
that teaching candidates complete six credits of a foreign language.
Note: When MCC is unable to offer a higher level foreign
language course that you are interested in, consider cross registering
at an area college through Cross