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IVC Language Course

Prerequisite Requirement

Lang 1, 1H or ASL 21

No prerequisite

Lang 2, 2H or ASL 22

IVC Lang 1, IVC Lang 1H, IVC ASL 21 or two years of high school in the language

Lang 3 or ASL 23

IVC Lang 2, IVC Lang 2H, IVC ASL 22, three years of high school in the language or AP score of 3 or above

Lang 4 or ASL 24

IVC Lang 3, IVC ASL 23, four years of high school in the language or AP score of 4 or above in the language

Lang 10

IVC Lang 2, IVC Lang 2H, three years of high school in the language or AP score of 3 or above

Lang 11

IVC Lang 10, IVC Lang 3, four years of high school in the language or AP score of 4 or above

If you do not meet the above prerequisites, and you feel that your language abilities and preparation will allow you to succeed in a given course, refer to the FAQs section "How do I challenge (clear) a prerequisite?"

There are two ways to clear a prerequisite:

  1. Submit a copy of your transcript to IVC Admissions and Records showing successful completion of the prerequisite course at another institution (high school or college).
  2. Take a challenge test. The challenge test waives the prerequisite course but does not give credit for units of any courses skipped. You will need to make an appointment with Assessment and Matriculation Services in the Student Services Center.

Schedule an appointment by sending an email to IVCAM@ivc.edu. On the day of the appointment, go to SSC 240 and request a "Language challenge form." Attached to that form, there will be instructions for you to write an essay in the language (topics will be provided). You will have 50 minutes to complete the writing assessment.

Alternatively, if you're taking the exam via Zoom, you will be recorded while writing the essay. Members of the evaluating committee who will read your essay are not looking for perfect grammar, but for depth of vocabulary and variety of sentence structure.

At this point, you will be provisionally enrolled in the course. Your request to waive the prerequisite will be either approved or declined within five working days.

If you're challenging an ASL (American Sign Language) course, please contact Professor Keith Gamache to schedule an appointment.

I've completed the prerequisite. Why can't I register for the course?

If you have not taken the prerequisite course at IVC but have completed its equivalent at another institution (high school or college), the IVC computer system is not aware of such a completion. Therefore, it will not allow you to register for the course. You will need to provide an official transcript to the IVC Office of Admissions and Records showing successful completion of the prerequisite for the course you wish to enroll in. Once it is verified that you meet the prerequisite, you will be allowed to register.

If you don't have a copy of your transcript, you can challenge the prerequisite by taking a challenge test. For information on how to clear a prerequisite, refer to the FAQs section "How do I challenge (clear) a prerequisite?"

If you have not taken the prerequisite course at IVC but have completed its equivalent at another institution (high school or college), the IVC computer system is not aware of such a completion. Therefore, it will not allow you to register for the course. You will need to provide an official transcript to the IVC Office of Admissions and Records showing successful completion of the prerequisite for the course you wish to enroll in. Once it is verified that you meet the prerequisite, you will be allowed to register.

If you don't have a copy of your transcript, you can challenge the prerequisite by taking a challenge test. For information on how to clear a prerequisite, refer to the FAQs section "How do I challenge (clear) a prerequisite?"

The Languages Department does not grant credit by examination. Our department believes that language classes do not lend themselves to credit by examination. Taking a test is not the same as actually attending a class and doing all the assignments, which include participation, written essays, and cultural activities.

You may challenge Lang 2 in order to take Lang 3 or challenge Lang 3 in order to take Lang 4. Refer to the FAQs section "How do I challenge (clear) a prerequisite?"

There are no courses here at IVC that are truly appropriate for educated native speakers. State mandate does not allow us to offer upper division courses, so even our most advanced class, Lang 4, is below the level of native speakers who attended school in the respective language.

If you have a language requirement, we encourage you to study another language. At IVC we offer ASL (American Sign Language), Chinese, French, Japanese, and Spanish. The UCs do not usually allow students to receive credit for anything below first year in their native language. Please check with a counselor or the institution you're planning to transfer to.

Refer to the "Prerequisites" chart in the FAQs section "What are the prerequisites for language courses?" If you think you can succeed in a course without meeting its prerequisite, refer to the FAQs section "How do I challenge (clear) a prerequisite?" for more information on how to clear a prerequisite.

Heritage speakers are encouraged to enroll in a hybrid course that meets only once a week or in an online course. Alternatively, students may enroll in levels 3 or 4 where reading and writing receive more emphasis. Heritage speakers who choose to enroll in a course below their level will still be required to complete all course requirements regardless of proficiency level. Your instructor will only give credit for what you accomplish in the course and not for what you already know. Be advised that some four-year institutions will not give credit to native speakers for first year level courses. If you are a native speaker, check with your transfer institution before taking first year courses in your native language.

APCs will only be given once class starts and only if there are spaces available. The first day of class, your instructor will drop the students who do not show up and did not notify him/her of their absence in advance. If there are openings in the class, your instructor will then add students from the "waitlist" by giving those students an Add Permit Code (APC). This code is only given by the instructor to students who show up to class.Make sure to add your name to the waitlist (refer to the FAQs section "The class is full. How can I add the class?").

If a class is full, add your name to the "waitlist" through your MySite by clicking on the "Add/Drop Classes" button. Enter the ticket number and on the "Select Classes" page, click on the "Add Class" button. Your instructor cannot do this for you.

Prior to the start of the course, if a space becomes available, the computer system will automatically send a notification via email or text (depending on your selected setting) to the first student in the waitlist. The student will then have 24 hours to register for the course. If no action is taken, the computer will send a notification to the next student in the waitlist, and you will lose your place in line.

You can see the required books and materials on the online schedule of classes. Next to the course you're interested in or registered for, click on the "Details" link on the far right. If you need to reach out to your instructor for further clarification, you will find their email address under the column "Instructor(s)."

K-12 Students Taking IVC Language Courses

Many junior and senior high school students have successfully completed language courses at IVC. However, students and their parents must keep in mind that these are college courses with age-appropriate discussions and college level assignments. These courses are not intended to be used to make-up for failed courses at the high school level. Be advised that to succeed in a five-unit course, the student is expected to spend approximately 10 hours a week on outside assignments; this means a fifteen hour a week commitment.

Students will be treated as college students: instructors will not remind students to turn in assignments, they will not accept assignments late, there will be no extra credit work to make up missed assignments, and if students have a problem with anything related to the class, they (not their parents) must speak to the instructor. All instructors adhere to FERPA (privacy act) regulations and can't communicate with parents without prior written consent from the student.

If you are new to IVC: The first step is to apply for admissions; you will get an IVC student ID number and an IVC email address. You will need the IVC student ID number in order to fill out the General Dual Enrollment form (see #2 below). The second step is to fill out the General Dual Enrollment form. You will need to activate your IVC email address in order to have access to the K-12 portal and be able to fill out the form. The General Dual Enrollment form is a DocuSign form that will request electronic signatures from the following three people in this order: the student, the parent/guardian, and the designated high school official. Once the last signature is submitted, IVC Admissions and Records has 5 business days to process the form. Students who are currently enrolled in K-8 must obtain approval from the instructor(s) of the desired course(s) AND from the Dean in addition to the steps above. If you're in the College and Career Access Path (CCAP) Dual Enrollment program, you will need to take the same two steps described above. Please contact your high school counselor with additional questions.

The submission of the K-12 form means that your school approved for you to take the course(s) listed in the form; it does NOT enroll you in the course(s) and does NOT waive any prerequisites.

  • If you're a high school student, you must register online through your IVC MySite account for the course(s) on or after your assigned registration date and time.
  • If you're a K-8 student, you must register in person at the Office of Admissions and Records.
  • All K-12 students must also clear the prerequisite of the language course prior to the registration date in order to be able to enroll.

For more details about the K-12 admissions process, please visit IVC Admissions and Records: K12

YES! You need to fill out the General Dual Enrollment form each semester you plan to take a course at IVC. This is required every time because you need to list and have your school approve the specific course(s) you plan to take. Fill out the e-form early to ensure it is approved prior to your registration date.

Since you're taking a college course, you will be receiving college credit/units for the course(s) taken. When you apply for college, you will need to request copies of your IVC transcript to be sent to the college(s) for which you are applying. Language courses taken at IVC will fulfill the UC languages requirement. If you're taking language courses at IVC to fulfill your high school graduation requirement, check with your high school counselor for details. Some high schools accept a limited amount of college credit towards high school graduation requirement.

No, they do not. AP (Advanced Placement) courses are only taken in high school, and if a student chooses to take the AP exam, s/he will submit the score to the university s/he is transferring to in order to request college credit for the course(s). College and university courses don't offer AP exams at the end of the semester because the student is taking a college course and receiving college credit.

Yes, with the exception of ASL, all IVC language courses (Chinese, French, Japanese and Spanish) meet the UC language requirement. The UCs require a minimum of 2 years of a language but the recommended length of study is 3 years; therefore, it's recommended that a high school student take Lang 1, 2, and 3 at IVC.

High school students taking language courses at IVC will be receiving college credit. When applying for college, the student will list the courses taken at IVC and will request transcripts to be sent directly from IVC to the college(s) of his/her choice. It is separate from the high school transcript.

Yes! Students in the Honors Program have priority in registering for honors courses, but if an honors course is open at the time of your registration, you can enroll in the course without being a member of the Honors Program. Should you decide later on to join the program, the honors course(s) will count towards the required minimum of 5 honors courses in order to receive recognition on the IVC academic transcript.

  • You're accumulating college credit while in high school.
  • Successfully completing college courses while in high school looks great on your college application.
  • Tuition is free; you only need to pay for the health fee, the textbook/course materials, and parking if applicable.