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Language Requirement

Oral Proficiency Exam

Students are expected to demonstrate at least intermediate oral competency in an approved area language through oral examination. Proficiency is measured through a conversational exam on a variety of topics, including but not limited to home, school, history, current events, and a student’s research. Assessment of proficiency will  conform to proficiency guidelines established by the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Language Scale. Students with intermediate oral proficiency demonstrate the ability to handle successfully uncomplicated tasks and social situations requiring an exchange of basic information related to their work, school, recreation, particular interests, and areas of competence. Reading proficiency is demonstrated by the required use of area language source materials for students’ MA Essay. To achieve this, students ordinarily continue their language training while at IU. For more information on the exam, please contact the REEI Advisor.

An approved area language is any language that is used with regularity in the geographic region covered by REEI. These include, but are not limited to: Bosnian, Croatian, Czech, Estonian, Finnish, Greek (Modern), Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Ukrainian, and Yiddish. For more information, please contact the REEI Advisor.

Language hours do not count towards the necessary credit hours for an REEI MA degree unless otherwise stated in the degree plan information. Up to 6 credit hours of languages coursework is approved for use towards the Mid-Career Professional Subplan degree plan.