Learning a Language
We strongly encourage you either to continue studying the language you have already begun studying or to take on a new language during your time at Beloit.
Gaining proficiency in a second (or third) foreign language is an excellent way to emerge from your undergraduate studies with a clear advantage over those who are monolingual. Trust us—no one ever has said that they regret knowing another language!
Here’s some essential information to get you started.
Starting a New Language
Beginning classes are offered only in the fall, so if you are interested in studying a new language, you should sign up for one this fall in order to maximize your proficiency gains and increase your opportunities for integrating your language abilities into your other coursework.
If you are interested in beginning to study French, Japanese, or Spanish, there are introductory sections in each module. If you are interested in studying Chinese, one section of the elementary course (Chinese 100) will be offered in the second module only.
Before enrolling in a course in a language you’ve already been studying, you first need to do the following.
Chinese, Japanese, or Russian
Students should contact the following professors for information about placement:
- Chinese: Daniel Youd (email@example.com)
- Japanese: Akiko Ogino (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Russian: Donna Oliver (email@example.com)
Students who have previously studied French must take an online placement exam. The exam should take less than an hour and requires you to log in using your Beloit username and password.
Students should contact Joseph Derosier (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
Students who have previously studied Spanish must take an online placement exam.
- You will need to log in with your Beloit username and password, and then click the Enroll me button on the next page.
- You should take the first exam (Spanish Placement Exam) unless you regularly speak Spanish at home, in which case you should take the exam for heritage speakers only.
- You will have 60 minutes to complete the exam. Upon completion you must email Sylvia Lopez (email@example.com) so that she can score your exam.
If you have questions about the exam or your placement, contactSylvia Lopez (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Other Things to Keep in Mind
Many of Beloit’s study-abroad programs require language study for participation, and several majors require (e.g., international relations) or strongly recommend foreign language study (e.g., music, history, anthropology, political science, philosophy).
And as you think about the future, keep in mind that proficiency in a foreign language enhances your marketability regardless of your major field of study, and this is true in both domestic and global contexts (and it tends to bring bigger salaries). The demand among U.S. employers for employees with foreign language skills is greater than ever before, and the demand is continuing to rise. Just as important: in addition to promoting the development of socio-emotional and leadership skills, knowledge of a foreign language builds cross-cultural competencies and promotes cultural awareness and empathy.