Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2013-2014
Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts > Modern Languages and Literatures
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Chairperson: José Ignacio Badenes, S.J.
Professors: Jennifer L. Eich, Véronique Flambard-Weisbart, Áine O’Healy
Associate Professors: Rebeca Acevedo, José Ignacio Badenes, S.J., Mónica Cabrera, Petra Liedke Konow, Marc Lony, Alicia Partnoy, Antonia Petro
Assistant Professor: Chan Lü
Our Department equips students with language proficiency as it introduces them to the multicultural nature and historical evolution of literary and other texts in the target languages. Our courses provide opportunities to comprehend, interpret, and practice linguistic skills through oral and written exercises and assignments. Through a judicious selection of required courses and electives that include literature, history, and the arts, students acquire an increasing commitment to the mission of the University. We thrive to provide tools to foster transcultural understanding as the basis for mutual respect, global harmony and social justice.
Major and Minor Requirements
Students can declare a major in French/Francophone Studies, Modern Languages, or Spanish, or a minor in Chinese, French/Francophone Studies, German, Italian, or Spanish, at entry to the University, through the Office of Admission. Students wishing to declare a major/minor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures after admission to LMU must meet with a professor from that particular program. A Change of Program form will be signed by the chairperson, provided that the student has a minimum LMU GPA of 2.0 (C).
Lower division language courses (100-200 level) may not be challenged by exam. Students may be exempt from these courses by placing above that level through the LMU online Placement Exam for Chinese, French, German, or Spanish, and by professor evaluation for Italian and Japanese. A minimum grade of C (2.0) is required in all lower division language courses to major or minor in those languages.
Students with significant course credit in a language from high school or college will not be allowed to enroll in the 101 course of that language.
The department offers lower division language courses (100-200 level) in Chinese, Japanese, and Filipino which satisfy the language requirements for the Asian and Pacific Studies major and minor.
Language Placement Exam
The online LMU Placement Exam measures your language skills in Chinese, French, German, or Spanish so that you may be placed in the appropriate level of coursework in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.
Your score is used for language placement advising purposes and does not become part of your permanent record.
When do I need to take a foreign language exam?
You need to take this exam ONLY...
PLEASE NOTE: If you have NEVER studied Chinese, French, German, or Spanish and wish to do so, you would sign up for the 101 level course in that language. If you plan to study or travel abroad in the summer before entering LMU, please wait until you return to take the language placement exam.
Where do I take the exam?
You take the exam online. Log into MYLMU, click System Logins > MYLMU Connect. Then click the link "Orientation and Registration Tutorial." Inside the tutorial, on the left side, click the link "Placement Exams." Then click the link for Language Placement and follow the instructions.
If you do not have access to the "Orientation and Registration Tutorial" or cannot access the placement exam for any reason, please contact the Modern Languages and Literatures department at 310.338.3051.
How long does the exam take?
The text takes approximately 20 minutes. You must take this exam in one continuous session; otherwise, your score will not be posted to PROWL.
Can I use books such as a dictionary? Should I guess at the answers?
It is TO YOUR BENEFIT that you answer the questions honestly and without the support of notes, textbooks, parents, or friends: doing otherwise will be considered cheating. In addition, the score will likely place you at a level of coursework above the appropriate one based on your experiences and academic studies.
How do I get my score? Does my advisor get it?
Your score and placement will be displayed at the end of the exam and will be accessible to your advisor through PROWL. However, you are strongly encouraged to save a copy for advising and registration.
What if I have problems taking the exam?
Please contact the ITS helpdesk at 310.338.7777.
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