Proficiency in Language and Culture Certificate

Proficiency in Language and Culture Certificate

  • Program Length 
    2 Years
  • Credential 
    Certificate
  • Location Offered 
    Nanaimo

The Program

The Proficiency in Language and Culture Certificate consists of 15 credits: 4 courses (12 credits) at the first- and second-year level in the language of specialization, and 1 course (3 credits) relating to the culture or cultures associated with that language. Students who are native speakers of a language are not able to obtain a certificate in that language since they cannot take lower-level courses in that language for credit. Students would have the option to substitute an additional culture course for one of the language courses, an option which may be of interest to students who have done languages in high school and thus do not need to take all 12 credits from 100/101 onwards.

Program Outline

Chinese Concentration

Year 1

Credits

CHIN 100 - (Intro to Chinese I) or,
CHIN 103 - (Beginning Chinese for Heritage Students I)

3

CHIN 101 - (Intro to Chinese II) or,
CHIN 104 - (Beginning Chinese for Heritage Students II)

3

Year 1 Total

6

Year 2

Credits

CHIN 200 - (Intermediate Chinese Language I)

3

CHIN 201 - (Intermediate Chinese Language II)

3

ASIA 230 - (Introduction to Asian Cultures)

3

Year 2 Total

9

Total Credits

15

Japanese Concentration

Year 1

Credits

JAPA 100 - (Basic Japanese I)

3

JAPA 101 - (Basic Japanese II)

3

Year 1 Total

6

Year 2

Credits

JAPA 200 - (Intermediate Japanese I)

3

JAPA 201 - (Intermediate Japanese II)

3

ASIA 230 - (Introduction to Asian Cultures)

3

Year 2 Total

9

Total Credits

15

Spanish Concentration

Year 1

Credits

SPAN 100 - (Beginning Spanish I)

3

SPAN 101 - (Beginning Spanish II)

3

Year 1 Total

6

Year 2

Credits

SPAN 200 - (Intermediate Spanish I)

3

SPAN 201 - (Intermediate Spanish II)

3

SPAN 230 - (Introduction to Hispanic Culture and Literature) or,
SPAN 260 - (Evolution of Spanish Cinema - Almodovar and the Eighties) or,
SPAN 310 - (Spanish Culture to 1500) or,
SPAN 311 - (Spanish Culture from 1500 to the Present)

3

Year 2 Total

9

Total Credits

15

French Concentration (for students who have no background in French)

Year 1

Credits

FRCH 100 - (Beginning French I)

3

FRCH 101 - (Beginning French II)

3

Year 1 Total

6

Year 2

Credits

FRCH 121 - (Intermediate French I)

3

FRCH 122 - (Intermediate French II)

3

FRCH 230 - (Introduction to Francophone Culture and Literature)

3

Year 2 Total

9

Total Credits

15

French Concentration (for students who have completed high-school French)

Year 1

Credits

FRCH 121 - (Intermediate French I)

3

FRCH 122 - (Intermediate French II)

3

Year 1 Total

6

Year 2

Credits

FRCH 221 - (French Oral and Written Practice I)

3

FRCH 222 - (French Oral and Written Practice II)

3

FRCH 230 - (Introduction to Francophone Culture and Literature)

3

Year 2 Total

9

Total Credits

15

Note: These students would also fulfill the recommendation for French competency from the Faculty of Education for Elementary teachers

Updated 
Monday, March 6, 2017

Admission Requirements

Notes on Admission

  • All students must be aware that courses in the program may have course prerequisites beyond the program’s admission requirements
  • Prior Learning Assessment opportunities: First- and second-year language courses are assessed primarily through the challenge format. The option of the Challenge examination is available for students wishing to "challenge" a Language course when they feel that they have the necessary proficiency in it, equivalent to the requirements of the course challenged. The Challenge exam will have the following parts:
    • Written (grammar and vocabulary testing)
    • Oral expression and comprehension
    • Listening comprehension
    • Reading comprehension and composition
    • The Challenge exam is NOT available for students whose mother tongue is the same as the language that they wish to challenge
  • Students who meet or exceed the minimum admission requirements may not necessarily be admitted to the program.
  • New students will be placed in language courses according to ability, experience, and previous education. There are no special admission requirements for the program beyond those for the individual courses involved in a student's program of study, and the general admission requirements of the institution. As mentioned above, those students who are native speakers of a language would not be able to obtain a certificate in that language, since they cannot take lower-level courses in that language for credit.

Transfer from other Institutions

Individual courses can be transferred from other institutions as per the BCCAT guidelines. There are no block transfer agreements in place.

Program Regulations

Students must obtain a minimum "C+" average in all required first- and second-year courses to receive the Certificate.

Start Date and Application Deadline

The program starts in September and applications for admission are accepted anytime between the first business day in October, and March 31. Applications received after March 31 are considered late and will be processed as space permits.

Career Opportunities

There is an identified need for people with second language skills in a wide variety of employment areas such as primary and secondary education, research, business, tourism, fisheries, forestry and other federal government services. The Certificate option targets students who are not able to complete a Minor but wish to obtain a recognized language credential.

Domestic Fees | International Fees

Domestic Fees

Tuition Fee Schedule

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

Fees - 15 credits

Amount

Tuition (15 credits x $147.76 per credit)

2,216.40

Student Activity fee (4% of tuition)

88.66

Student Services fee (15 credits x $6.53 per credit)

97.95

VIU Students' Union fee (16 months x $19.12 per month)

305.92

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275 per year)

275.00

Approximate cost for books

500.00

Total

3,483.93

Notes

The Health and Dental Plan fee is in effect only for full–time students at the Nanaimo Campus.  

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

International Fees

Tuition Fee Schedule

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

Fees - 15 credits

Amount

Tuition (2 semesters x $7620 per semester)

15,240.00

Ancillary Fee (2 semesters x $374.4 per semester)

748.80

VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $19.12 per month)

152.96

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275 per year)

275.00

Approximate cost for books

500.00

Total

16,916.76

Notes

The above table is based on 15 credits or less per semester. Additional fees of $635.00 per credit will be applied if taking more than 15 credits per semester.

The Health and Dental Plan fee is in effect only for full–time students at the Nanaimo Campus.  

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

Updated
Sunday, April 1, 2018
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