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Upper-Division Baccalaureate 4 Foreign Language
In the lower-division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 4 semester hours in foreign language. The DLPT credit recommendations reflect a shift to create alignment with college and university foreign language degree programs and elective credits.


The Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT) is designed to assess the target language proficiency of native speakers of English who have learned a foreign language as a second language and speakers of other languages with very strong English skills. The DLPT measures proficiency as defined by the Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) Skill Level Descriptions.The DLPT is designed to measure proficiency in the target language regardless of how it has been acquired; test content is not tied to any particular language-training program. The passages included in the test are sampled from authentic materials and real-life sources such as signs, newspapers, radio and television broadcasts, the Internet, etc. The passages cover a broad range of content areas, including social, cultural, political, economic, geographic, scientific, and military topics.The reading and listening comprehension tests are based on a wide variety of realistic written and spoken materials. The content is sampled from authentic sources such as signs, newspapers, radio broadcasts, etc. The test include multiple choice questions with four options in English. The listening and reading sections have 100 items each. Test administration time is approximately 75 minutes for the listening section.The relevant languages include: Albanian; Arabic-Modern Standard; Chinese-Mandarin; Czech; Dari; French; German; Greek; Hebrew; Hindi; Italian; Japanese; Korean; Kurdish-Kurmanji; Norwegian; Pashto; Persian-Farsi; Polish; Portuguese Brazilian; Portuguese European; Romanian; Russian; Serbian-Croatian; Sorani; Spanish; Tagalog; Thai; Turkish; Ukrainian; Urdu; Uzbek; Vietnamese.The following relevant languages have been approved as of 10/1/2018: Indonesian; Azerbaijani; Hatian-Creole; Punjabi-Western; Somali; and Yoruba.

Skills Measured:

The description of expected ability, the learner is able to read with facility, understand, and appreciate contemporary expository, technical, or literary texts that represent a variety of styles and forms; rarely misinterprets such texts; comprehend many sociolinguistic and cultural references; and comprehend a considerable range of intentionally complex structures, The skills to be assessed include ability to understand main ideas / details; understand the author's arguments in support of his/her position; understand implications or inferences intended by the author; understand different points of views presented in the text; understand vocabulary/idiomatic expressions in context; draw appropriate conclusions / summarize; and identify the writer's tone / attitude / position.
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