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Foreign Language Course Substitution Assistance
 

Procedure

This document summarizes the procedures for petitioning for a substitution for the Foreign Language course requirement for students with learning disabilities or other disabilities affecting the acquisition of a foreign language.

1. Submit appropriate documentation of the disability to the:
Director of Accessibility and Disability Services
Edgewood College – 206 DeRicci
1000 Edgewood College Drive
Madison, WI 53711

2. Write a letter to the:
Associate Academic Dean for Teaching and Learning
Edgewood College
1000 Edgewood College Drive
Madison, WI 53711

The letter should request a foreign language substitution and state why the substitution is necessary. The specific courses chosen for the substitution must also be listed.

You might need to meet with your advisor to determine within the guidelines of this document (refer to page 3) which course substitutions best fit your educational goals.

Eligibility Criteria

The requirements listed below are in accordance with federal ADA regulations.

A. Eligibility Criteria and Documentation Requirements for Learning Disabilities: The student, at his or her own expense, must provide a current, written diagnosis and recommendation from a psychologist, learning disabilities specialist, or other appropriate specialist based on the results of the following:

1. The Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-Revised (WAIS-R), a standard intelligence test. The student would need to demonstrate average or above average intellectual functioning as measured by the WAIS-R (or a comparable test). Actual test scores must be submitted.

2. The Woodcock-Johnson Psycho-Educational Battery or other psycho-educational instrument(s) that can document spelling, memory, sequencing, auditory and visual processing problems. Whether or not a significant learning disability exists in one or more areas would be indicated by a marked disparity between the student’s aptitude and achievement on a variety of subtests. Actual test scores must be submitted.

3. Additionally, the student must provide documentation of an educational history that substantiates a concerted effort on the part of the student to learn a foreign language with appropriate instructional support and accommodations.

B. Eligibility Criteria and Documentation Requirements for Other Disabilities Affecting Foreign Language Study.

The student with a physical disability (e.g., cerebral palsy, vocal deficits, head injuries, hearing impairment), at his or her own expense, must provide written documentation of that existing disabling condition via a current diagnosis from a specialist, which specifies the student’s functional capabilities regarding writing, speaking, and memory and identifies how the disability affects the learning of a foreign language.

Options for Completing the Foreign Language Requirement

A. American Sign Language

1. Students pursuing a B.S. degree may take a minimum of 6 credits of college-level (i.e., transferable) American Sign Language (ASL) through an accredited post-secondary institution, such as the University of Wisconsin or Madison Area Technical College. If a student chooses to take ASL, he or she does not have to petition the Associate Academic Dean for permission to substitute courses for a foreign language. However, the student must get the approval of the Registrar on a Transfer Course Approval form prior to taking any ASL courses.

B. Substitution Coursework in Lieu of Foreign Language Study

1. For a B.S. degree, a student must substitute either:

a. A minimum of 6 credits in courses related to a country, region, or a group of countries or people sharing a common language other than the student’s first language

OR

b. A semester of study abroad at an approved institution. The program of study must include courses related to the history and culture of the country. All college policies related to study abroad programs apply.

2. For a B.A. degree, a student must substitute either:

a. A minimum of 16 credits in courses related to a country, region, or a group of countries or people sharing a common language other than the student’s first language. Students may split the 16 credits by taking a minimum of 8 credits in courses related to one country, region, etc. and 8 credits in courses related to another country, region, etc.

OR

b. Two semesters of study abroad at an approved institution. The program of study must include courses related to the history and culture of the country. All college policies related to study abroad programs apply.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Courses used to substitute for a foreign language may not be used to fulfill other Foundations requirements or major or minor requirements.

  • The courses listed on the following page may be offered every year, every other year, or less frequently. It is the responsibility of the student seeking the substitution to contact the appropriate department to determine when courses will be offered and if the courses chosen will be available prior to the student’s anticipated graduation date.

  • It is the responsibility of the student, with the help of the advisor, to determine if 300-level courses in an area outside of the student’s major are appropriate. Students are encouraged to contact the appropriate department to determine prerequisites and requirements for 300-level courses.

  • Students may take their substitution courses through the Collaborative Program with the University of Wisconsin. The course substitution guidelines described above apply to UW courses. See the Edgewood College catalog for Collaborative Program eligibility.

A list of all possible Course Substitution is available every semester.