This sheet contains useful information for incoming first-year students during summer orientation, as well as for all students and advisors throughout the academic year, in determining a course of language study. Registering for the right level course is crucial for success in studying a foreign language.
Despite quantitative exams and general guidelines, proper language placement is not an exact science. In some cases, placement might be determined by attending the first days of classes and consulting with your language instructor or language coordinator immediately. If you believe you fall into this category, i.e., the class seems too difficult or too basic, please contact your instructor before the end of the first week of the drop/add period. It is important to follow the professional advice of your instructors in this matter.
Our language curriculum is structured progressively, that is, one course builds on the previous one in helping to develop mastery of all the necessary skills—reading, listening, writing, speaking—in order to attain true language mastery. Experience has shown that, frequently, if you skip one of the courses in this carefully designed sequence, it is likely that you will not do well in a current course or, just as importantly, not reach a level of competence necessary to succeed in higher-level courses.
To find your appropriate placement in the Korean language curriculum at BC, follow this three-step process:
Step 1. Preliminary Self-Evaluation
- If you have never studied Korean or if you studied the language in high school for one to two years, take EALC1311 Elementary Korean I.
- If you studied Korean for 2-3 years in high school or one year at the college level, take EALC2311 Intermediate Korean I.
- If you studied Korean for 3-4 years in high school or 2 years at the college level, take EALC4311 Advanced Korean I.
- If you have received significant exposure to Korean language and culture, and thus have some listening and speaking skills, but haven’t had sufficient opportunity to develop knowledge of basic reading, writing, and grammar in Korean, take EALC1341 Accelerated Elementary Korean.
NB: Please note that you may be required to take the placement test during the add-and-drop period and be redirected to another course.
Step 2. Placement Testing for Spring 2023
Students have the option to take the online placement test beginning the week of January 17. For the most part, the test has a standard multiple-choice format. You do not need to do any preparatory studying for the test. Depending on the level you’re aiming at placing into, the test can last anywhere from a half-hour to two hours.
Students who have NOT taken a Korean course at Boston College, the AP Language Exam, or the SAT Subject Test in Korean, but believe they have proficiency above the intermediate level, should take an in-person proficiency test. The dates for this exam in spring are as follows: March 1 (W) and April 21 (F). The exam time for each day will be determined after students contact Professor Rhee (see below).