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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.

Please review the prerequisites for each course at more advanced levels.

Language, what is the difference chart

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
ESOL ESOL
ESOL: Communications Skills I Beginner
ESOL: Communications Skills II High Beginner
ESOL: Communications Skills III Intermediate
ESOL: Communications Skills IV High Intermediate
ESOL: Communications Skills V Advanced
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 First Year University-Level German
Intermediate German I – III Second Year University-Level French
Advanced German I - III Third Year University-Level French
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 First Year University-Level Italian
Intermediate Italian I – III Second Year University-Level Italian
JAPANESE JAPANESE
Introductory Japanese I – III Beginning Japanese
Intermediate Japanese I – III Intermediate Japanese
KOREAN KOREAN
Introductory Korean I – III Beginning Korean
Intermediate Korean I – III Intermediate Korean
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 SPANISH
SPAN1110E - SPAN1114E First year of university-level Spanish
SPAN1151E – SPAN1154E First Year of university-level Spanish
*NOTE: The Conversational Spanish series (1110-1114) emphasizes speaking and listening skills in class. The Introductory series (1151-1154) covers writing and reading as well in class. Both series’ require students to complete written assignments as homework.
Second Year Levels
SPAN2210E – SPAN2212E Second year of university-level Spanish
Third Year Levels
SPAN2250E – SPAN2252E Third year of university-level Spanish
SPAN2253E This course is for students who have completed the equivalent of the third year of university-level Spanish and would like to study complex and problematic grammar.
Review Levels
SPAN1161E Review of first year of university-level Spanish
SPAN1162E Review of second year of university-level Spanish
SPAN3310 Conversaciones en Espanol = High Intermediate course which focuses on conversation and address grammar and writing on a supplemental and as-needed basis. Students should be able to hold a conversation at the high intermediate level using the indicative and subjunctive cases.
TURKISH TURKISH
Conversational Turkish I – III First Year University-Level Turkish
URDU URDU
Introductory Urdu I – III First Year University-Level Urdu