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Foreign Language Courses: Level Guide

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Finding the Language Course That's Right for You

Graduate School USA's foreign language courses are offered for speakers at varying levels of proficiency. Our beginner-series courses are differentiated by two approaches: Introductory and Conversational.

The conversational track is designed to focus on speaking and listening skills although students get practice reading and writing, primarily through homework. The introductory track gives more or less equal weight to each of the four skill areas: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

The Graduate School USA follows the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Proficiency Guidelines - Novice (Beginning), Intermediate, Advanced, Superior and Distinguished. Additional proficiency levels are added based on student demand.

The Foreign Language Course Levels are described below:

Foreign Language Course Levels

Course Number/Level Estimated Equivalency
ARABIC ARABIC
Introductory Arabic I, II, III, IV Beginning Arabic / First Year University Level Arabic
Intermediate I, II III, Advanced I, Advanced II Intermediate Arabic / Second Year University-Level Arabic
CHINESE CHINESE
Introductory Chinese I, II, and III First Year University-Level Chinese
Intermediate Chinese I, II and III Second Year University-Level Chinese
CZECH CZECH
Introductory Czech I - II Two proficiency levels
FARSI FARSI
Introductory Farsi I – III First Year University-Level Farsi
FRENCH FRENCH
Conversational French I – IV First Year University-Level French
Intermediate French I – III Second Year University-Level French
Advanced French I – III Third Year University-Level French
GERMAN GERMAN
Introductory German I – III Two proficiency levels
Intermediate German I – III One proficiency level
HEBREW HEBREW
Introductory Hebrew I - II Two proficiency levels
HINDI HINDI
Introductory Hindi I – III First Year University-Level Hindi
Intermediate Hindi I - III Second Year University-Level Hindi
ITALIAN ITALIAN
Introductory Italian I – IV Two proficiency levels
JAPANESE JAPANESE
Introductory Japanese I – III Two proficiency levels
Intermediate Japanese I – III Two proficiency levels
KOREAN KOREAN
Introductory Korean I – III Two proficiency levels
LATIN LATIN
Introductory Latin I - II Two proficiency levels
PORTUGUESE PORTUGUESE
Introductory Portuguese I – III First Year University-Level Portuguese
Intermediate Portuguese I – III Second Year University-Level Portuguese
RUSSIAN RUSSIAN
Introductory Russian I – III First Year University-Level Russian
Intermediate Russian I – III Second Year University-Level Russian
Advanced Russian I, II and III Third Year University-Level Russian
SPANISH – Introductory – Speaking and Listening Skills SPANISH
Introductory Spanish I - IV First year of university-level Spanish
Second Year Levels
Intermediate Spanish I - III Second year of university-level Spanish
Conversational Spanish – Writing and Reading Skill
Conversational Spanish I - IV Three proficiency levels
Review Levels
Spanish Review Level I – III Three proficiency levels
TURKISH TURKISH
Conversational Turkish I – III First Year University-Level Turkish
URDU URDU
Introductory Urdu I – III First Year University-Level Urdu