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About Modern Languages

The study of Chinese, French, German, Japanese, or Spanish at Elizabethtown College unites practical training in language skills with an understanding of culture, history, and literature.

Language Placement 


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General Information

  • If you want to continue studying Spanish, French, or German, you need to complete the ML Placement Exam for that language. You are not allowed to take the 111 level of a language if you have completed high school level 3 or higher, no matter what the placement exam results are.


  •  If you want to study Chinese,  Japanese, or Latin, you MUST meet with your First Year Seminar adviser during summer orientation for instructions on how to proceed.


  • Several ancient languages (i.e.Sanskrit, Biblical Hebrew, Classical Greek) are offered through other departments. For details, please consult with your First Year Seminar adviser during summer orientation.


 You can only take the placement exam  ONCE .


  • If you place yourself into a course lower than where you tested, you will not receive credit for it.
  • You MUST print a copy of your placement score for your own records.
  • If you are bilingual, or a native or heritage speaker of a language, you must arrange a personal oral interview with the Department of Modern Languages to determine proper placement.
  • The Department of Modern Languages reserves the right to change a student's placement in a course if it believes that the student has not been placed at the appropriate level, or in the most appropriate course, based on the student's exposure to the language.


Any questions related to the Placement Exam should be directed to




Elizabethtown College