University is all about challenging yourself and trying something new, and one way you can do this is by learning a new language. If you have a busy schedule with lots going on, it can be hard to find the time to sign up for a class. Luckily, Ryerson offers a ton of language courses in French, Arabic, Chinese, and Spanish that you can take to develop your skills! A lot of you have sent in questions asking about what it’s like to take a language course at Ryerson. To help you out, I’m breaking down some things you should know before you sign up!
The placement test is the school’s opportunity to see what level your language skills are at, to help you find a course that is perfect for your strengths and weaknesses. Some tests will require you to answer questions in the language you are looking to learn. If you’re familiar with the basics of the language, I suggest doing a quick review beforehand so you can take the test with a fresh mind. The tests can be completed at home on your own time, so find a quiet spot and do your best!
Not all classes will meet your degree requirements
While there are a ton of classes to choose from, that there may be restrictions based on your faculty, which can affect which courses can be used for your graduation requirements. There have been a few times when I’ve had to switch my class because I realized it doesn’t fulfill the elective requirements set out by my program. Consult your program calendar while doing your course enrolment to avoid last minute scrambling and disappointment.
The classes are smaller than your average lecture
Unlike my large lectures, which can have over 100 students, language courses tend to be smaller, usually at 20-45 people. This is a huge advantage, because the smaller class sizes will give you a chance to participate and take part in in-class activities to practice the concepts you’re learning. It’s less intimidating than a big lecture, so if you’re on the quiet side (like me), you’ll feel more comfortable participating in class.
You will learn something new – even if you’re familiar with the language
I was in the French Immersion program throughout my elementary and high school education, and I was convinced that my classes would be easy because I thought I knew everything. But it took a few bad quizzes and assignments to show me that there’s always something new you’ve never covered. If you’re studying a language you’re familiar with, don’t think that there’s nothing new or challenging to explore in one of these classes. Try a speciality course, which can focus on certain skills or specific topics, or sign up for an advance course to test your knowledge!
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