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Language Credit

4. i) A language credit, equal to six credits, will be awarded on application to English-speaking students who obtain a minimum grade of C in 12 credits taken entirely in French.

ii) Courses designated as language training courses will not count in satisfaction of the course requirements. Courses given partly in one language and partly in the other will not be counted. Where a course has the main lectures in French with the option of a seminar in English afforded, the course is excluded if students take the English seminar. All written work submitted in connection with the course must be done in the language of the course, with the exception of non-take-home examinations.

iii) Courses taken in the Department of French by English-speaking students doing a major in French will not be counted for purposes of the award of a language credit. In this context major means the 36 credits in the department required for a bachelor of arts degree, the 60 credits in the department prescribed for Specialized Honours, both the 42 credit and the 24 credit component in Combined Honours, the 42 credit component in General Honours and Honours Double Major.

iv) If students complete, with the appropriate standing, only six of the 12 credits required, they will be eligible to receive one-half of a language credit.

v) Though a language credit will be equivalent to six credits and will enable students who obtain such a credit to graduate with 84 credits instead of 90 credits for a bachelor of arts degree and 114 credits instead of 120 credits for an Honours degree, it will allow students to be exempted only from a free elective. They will still have to do the number of courses in their major prescribed for a bachelor of arts program or for any Honours program and they will also have to satisfy the general education requirements.

vi) The language credit will not be shown on students' cumulative records and it will not be counted in the academic average they are required to maintain. It will be shown only on the final transcript when students graduate. Until graduation, the official record of students who have earned a language credit will show an apparent deficiency of one course. Students who wish to earn a language credit should pay careful attention to this procedure because it means that the language credit will count towards degree requirements only if students graduate from Glendon. If students transfer to another Faculty of York University or to another university, their language credit will not be shown on their transcript and therefore will not count in any way towards the degree program to which they transfer.

vii) English-speaking students who intend to earn a language credit should, in most cases, take a normal course load in their first two years, including the required French language training course in each of those years. If they are Honours students they should normally plan to take a course in French in third year and another in fourth year. This would give them the option of taking a 27 credit load in each of the two upper years, or a 24 credit load in one of the two years and a 30 credit load in the other, depending on their estimate of the point at which their course load needs to be lightened to enable them to devote the necessary extra time to the courses they are taking in French. Bachelor of arts degree students should aim at earning only one half of a language credit by taking a course in French in their third year, unless they are proficient enough in French to have been exempted from first year language training or to be able to carry 12 credits in French in their third year.

viii) Some graduate schools do not recognize the language credit as equivalent to a course. Students contemplating enrolling at a graduate school who wish to take courses in French are therefore strongly advised not to seek a language credit.

Note: Students in the Translation Program are not eligible to receive the language credit. However, anglophone students who complete TRAD II in a francophone university may receive a credit or a half-credit at the discretion of the director of the school depending on the number of courses completed and the grades obtained.

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