Foreign Languages

Wake Tech offers university first and second-year levels of French and Spanish courses.  These studies are fundamental to a robust and well-rounded education, and knowledge of a foreign language makes graduates more marketable in today’s global economy.

Most four-year colleges and universities in North Carolina require at least two semesters of foreign language study; some Bachelor’s degree majors require more. Students should contact four-year institutions to find out about foreign language requirements for specific majors.   

Native speakers of English who have not earned college credit for foreign language studies should register for the Level 1 lecture course (111) and the corresponding language lab (181). Language labs supplement lectures and are co-requisites for foreign language lecture courses. The labs meet for two hours each week and provide one hour of transferable credit.

Spanish and French Placement exams

The main objective of foreign language placement exams is to determine the best level for students to continue their French or Spanish language studies at Wake Tech. It is to the students’ advantage to be placed into the appropriate course allowing them to improve their language skills at Wake Tech, so that upon transfer, students may successfully continue their studies at a four-year institution.

Foreign Language Testing Center 

High School Students

High school students need to be enrolled in either Wake Early College or Career & College Promise (CCP), in order to be able to take university transfer foreign languages courses at Wake Tech.

Career & College Promise (CCP) is North Carolina’s dual-enrollment program for high school students. Through Career & College Promise, qualified high-school-age students in North Carolina have the opportunity to pursue dual-enrollment options, tuition-free, while they are in high school, allowing them to get a jumpstart on their workplace and college preparation.

How do foreign language courses count toward high school CCP Transfer Pathway?

A CCP student may take up to 8 Semester Hour Credits (SHC) of foreign language courses and accompanying labs, in a single language, designated as General Education coursework in the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) as a part of the Associate in Arts (P1012C), Associate in Engineering (P1052C), Associate in Fine Arts: Visual Arts (P1062C) and Associate in Sciences (P1042C) pathways. 

CCP College Transfer

These courses are not a part of the Universal General Education Transfer Component. Students, who complete these courses with a grade of “C” or higher, will receive transfer credit. The receiving university will determine whether the courses will count as general education, pre-major, or elective credit.

Non-University Transfer SPA 120 courses

Wake Tech also offers Spanish for the Workplace (SPA 120), but it is not a university transfer course and will not count toward a Bachelor’s degree. 

Students who already have the Spanish language skills taught in SPA 120 and are enrolled in the degree or certificate programs, for which we teach SPA 120, may request a challenge examination for this non-transferable course.

In order to take the exam, students must:

  1. Provide proof that they have registered and paid for the course being challenged.
  2. Make arrangements with the instructor of record to take the exam during the drop and add period for the semester, or prior to the end of the previous semester.
  3. Fill out a “Request for challenge Examination Form” (WT Form 610). The form is available as part of the appointment set-up process.
  4. Present valid picture ID.

The above steps must be completed by the 10% date of the semester. 

In order to receive transcript credit after passing the challenge examination for SPA 120, students must:

  1. Successfully challenge SPA 120 by the end of the drop and add period of the semester
  2. Pay for the SPA 120 class and remain registered for it.

At the end of the term, an “X” grade will be assigned to indicate the successful challenge of a SPA 120 class. For a Wake Tech degree program that requires SPA 120, these credits will count towards meeting that program’s graduation requirements but are not figured in the Grade Point Average (GPA). Students, who successfully challenge a SPA 120 class, need to stop attending their scheduled SPA 120 class section.

Foreign Languages Tutoring

Foreign Languages faculty provide individualized free tutoring to students enrolled in Wake Tech university transfer courses in our Foreign Language Center. Faculty also support language study outside of class through Sigma Delta Mu, Honor’s option and Service Learning projects.


FOR MORE INFORMATION
Melania Aguirre-Rabon
Administrative Department Head,
Foreign Languages and Fine Arts
Pucher-LeMay Hall 204H (Southern Wake Campus)
Building E 323 (Northern Wake Campus)
919-866-5211
[email protected]