Guidelines for Language Other Than English (LOTE) Proficiency

If the student is a native speaker of a LOTE he/she may submit a transcript of his/her schooling in the native country to the name and address below. Transcripts should be accompanied by English translations where necessary.

Students who are native or heritage speakers of a LOTE who do not have transcripts can demonstrate intermediate level proficiency in various ways

  • Completion of intermediate college-level course work in the US
  • Intermediate level placement on CLEP exams
  • Oral Proficiency examination for intermediate level by a qualified tester.

Oral Proficiency examination for Intermediate level by a qualified tester according to the following guidelines

  1. Intermediate level proficiency in the LOTE can be demonstrated by the ability to speak naturally on a variety of topics. You should be able to discuss normal, adult topics such as the positive and negative aspects of your job, ask questions about daily life, state your opinions about general world or national problems.
  2. Students should also be able to address cultural issues such as their experiences as a member of the LOTE community, their experiences dealing with members of the LOTE community, experiences living, working or traveling in places where the LOTE is spoken.
  3. Grammar errors do not necessarily indicate a lack of intermediate level proficiency; however, the student should be able to express him/herself sufficiently well to be understood without resorting to English. The student must be able to express him/herself in the present, future and past as appropriate in the LOTE.
  4. Vocabulary should be what the tester would expect in normal adult conversation.
  5. The oral exam should be about 30 minutes long. The qualified tester should determine if the student can interact in the LOTE to be understood by a native or near-native speaker of the LOTE.
  6. The tester MAY NOT be a member of the student’s family.
  7. Qualified testers may be teachers of the LOTE, or native speakers of the LOTE who are businesspeople, clergy or community leaders.
  8. Qualified testers should use their professional letterhead. Testers whose professional letterhead does not indicate their LOTE ability must include a copy of any business card / diploma / certificate that can validate their credentials to test in the LOTE. In the letter the tester should indicate his/her evaluation of the student.

The tester must send the letter to the Department of Modern Languages, Daemen College, 4380 Main Street, Amherst, NY 14226 USA or fax it to 716.566.7802. The Department Chair will notify the student and the registrar as to whether or not the student meets the requirement. Please contact the Modern Languages Chair if you have any further questions.

Please note that letters not sent directly to the Department Chair, or letters without accompanying documentation or on professional letterhead will NOT be acceptable and will require re-testing.