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Advising

New Students

Please contact Sandra Trapani (trapanis@umsl.edu ), chair of the Department of Language and Cultural Studies.

Language Majors or Minors

You will be assigned an advisor based on your language of study. The person listed next to the subject of your inquiry will futher assist you.

 

Language Advising
Arabic Sandra Trapani trapani@umsl.edu 
Chinese Sandra Trapani trapani@umsl.edu 
English for Academic Purposes Rosa Brefeld brefeldr@umsl.edu
French Sandra Trapani trapani@umsl.edu
German Carol Jenkins jenkinsca@umsl.edu 
Japanese Amy Michael michaela@umsl.edu
Latin Sandra Trapani trapani@umsl.edu 
Spanish Martha Caeiro mcaeiro@umsl.edu
Other Advising Needs
Arts and Sciences Advising Sarah Klekamp klekamp@umsl.edu
Bachelor of Science in Education / Teaching Certification Kimberly Prather pratherka@umsl.edu
Placement Test Jim Karslake
Sandra Trapani
jkarslake@umsl.edu
trapani@umsl.edu 
Tutoring Jim Karslake jkarslake@umsl.edu
UMSL Study Abroad Programs Matthew Lockaby lockabym@umsl.edu

 

 

 



Foreign Language Placement Testing

  • A student who is not a native speaker and who has not begun language study at UMSL, but who believes that he or she can demonstrate the requisite proficiency level in French, German, or Spanish to test out of a semester or more of language, may take a language placement test.  Students seeking placement testing in Arabic, Chinese, or Japanese must contact and make arrangements with the appropriate language coordinator.
  • Students may not take the exam more than once.  A student who has already begun language study at UMSL may only attempt to test out of the language requirement if their instructor recommends this option and makes arrangements through the Director of Languages and Cultures.
  • For new students and incoming freshmen, please visit umsl.edu/orientation (click on the Placement Testing information link) for more information. If you plan to take a language during your first semester and feel that you may be able to test out of any language courses, please complete the language placement examination before attending your NSO (new students orientation) date.
  • Back credit (for French, German, and Spanish) is available free of charge to students who place into the second, third, or fourth semester language course and complete the course with a satisfactory grade. Up to 13 credit hours of back credit may be earned, but a placement test score is required to begin the process. Students who have already earned advanced credit for language courses are not eligible for back credit courses they have already taken but are welcome to take the placement test to determine if they are ready for university-level language beyond their advanced placement level.

 

To schedule a language placement exam, please contact Mr. Jim Karslake (jkarslake@umsl.edu) or Sandy Trapani (trapanis@umsl.edu)