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Does Junior High Spanish count towards one year of foreign language for colleges?

Some colleges I know recommend four years of a foreign language in high school, but does that mean all four years or just up to the fourth level of a language (spanish 4)? foreign-languages

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Yvonne’s Answer

I confer with Candice. But I would like to add that what matters is that you learn the language to a comfortable level. That means, being able to read simple stories. It is to your own benefit to learn a foreign language at that level. Think about that, not about what the colleges require. The school will guide you, but it is for your own benefit. To be able to read another language will enrich your life in ways unknown to you. The effort may mean that you have to learn on your own, so you should choose a language that interests you. The school tasks will never be enough to teach you what you need. What you learn thanks to your own interest is what matters and which will eventually bring you rewards. Don't just study Spanish. Learn it. Now there are many free online resources, such as duolingo, for you to progress in your learning. Good luck! Buen provecho!
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Yasemin’s Answer

Hi Kelly, if I remember correctly it was required to take up to two years of language, and then if we wanted we can continue more. High school was a while ago for me so definitely check with your guidance counselor on wha the criteria is, but they definitely do want you to have at least two years of foreign language. That being said, once you are in college you can take a placement exam and opt out of foreign language studies, if you show enough proficiency in them. I took French in high school and still practice it today and have become somewhat efficient, however in college I was fascinated by American Sign Language so I didn't opt and took two semesters worth of ASL. Once again check with your guidance counselor on this criteria!

Best of luck!

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Candice’s Answer

They are likely referring to level (it really depends on how your high school sets up their schedules). For some high schools, you have the same schedule with the same classes all year long. In other schools, with block scheduling, this can change at some point during the year. For the sake of college admissions, they are likely referring to the level equivalent of Spanish 4.
Thank you so much! Kelly Z.
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