Foreign language requirements vary from college to college. Check with the college website and see what their policy is. Go to a college fair and ask questions of each college, to get their opinion. You'll be surprised at the variety of answers, I'm sure!
I have a slightly off-topic question regarding whether Rosetta Stone and/or Power Glide are accepted as Foreign Language high school credits in preparation for most state colleges. Anyone have any information on that? We started Rosetta Stone Spanish, but were derailed with rumors that it was not acceptable as credit.
Thanks ~ Barb
I have not heard that rumor about Rosetta Stone. I do know that all colleges make up their own policy about every subject and what will transfer.
Most colleges will either accept homeschool foreign language or they will not. The choice of Rosetta Stone
or Power Glide
or Tell Me More
, or Bob Jones may not ultimately matter. If a college accepts one, they usually accept all. These can also be found from most homeschool resources, including Sonlight Curriculum
, RockSolid Discount Homeschool Books
, and ChristianBook.com
On the other hand, if the college does not accept a homeschool credit in foreign language, there are alternatives. Those colleges will often accept TESTS in foreign language, even though they don't value the homeschooling nature of the class. So they may accept your high school credits if they are accompanied by a SAT Subject Test, AP exam, or CLEP Test in that foreign language.
Some colleges do not accept homeschool credits or testing for proof of a foreign language, and yet they will have a policy of "reviewing the whole student." In those colleges, you may be able to find a way around their policies by explaining in concrete, whole-student ways. Letters of recommendation, proof of translation skills, etc., may convince them that your child has the necessary skills.
Some colleges are real sticklers. A non-homeschool-friendly college will have additional hurdles for homeschool students. They may insist on studying a foreign language with a certified teacher. In that instance, you may decide not to pursue that college. You might also decide that the college is SO desireable that you are willing to have foreign language classes in the public high school or community college, to meet the admission requirements.
It's better to teach foreign language than avoid it.
Even if you find out that your child must take the foreign language again in the community college, it will only end up improving their community college GPA. Don't let the fear of one college or one rumor change your homeschool or the way you educate your child.
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