Modern Language Pilot

During the 2016-2017, 2017-2018, and 2018-2019 academic years, Boston University Academy is piloting two programs to allow for modern language study as part of its curriculum.

Students entering 9th grade or returning as 10th graders are able to study an online modern language course through Middlebury Interactive Learning as an additional sixth course of study. Students who choose to enroll in this pilot continue to study a classical language and the other grade-level requirements. This online modern language course is in addition to BUA’s usual course requirements.

Students need to apply to participate in this program by submitting an application with their registration forms due in April that notes their interest in taking a modern language and addresses the student’s maturity in being able to handle the responsibilities of an increased course of study. A committee of the academic administrative team will review the applications for appropriate placement levels, good academic standing in prior coursework, and maturity. BUA coordinates the online language program, monitors course pacing and student work through weekly meetings, and oversees the course completion.  These courses appear on BUA transcripts as part of a student’s course of study.  Students pay an additional fee of $420 for the course. Need-based financial aid is available for families who qualify.

Students returning as 10th graders to BUA have an opportunity to take Advanced Modern Language (third semester or above) at Boston University instead of the second year of classical language at BUA.

Students need to apply for this pilot program by taking a BU-sponsored language placement test and submitting an application which notes their interest and experience in the language and addresses the student’s maturity in being able to handle the responsibilities of a University course. A committee of the academic administrative team reviews the applications for appropriate placement levels, good academic standing in BUA coursework, and maturity in the BUA program. Students need to place into the third semester of BU Modern Language (211-level or above) to qualify for the program. The student has to have studied the equivalent of two years of high school modern language and show that level of competency on the BU modern language placement test. All placement tests must be taken by April. Students are notified in early April of their ability to participate in this program. This timing ensures that students will receive priority registration for the BU courses for the fall semester. Dr. Rosemary White oversees the implementation and assessment of both of these programs. The goal is to evaluate the success of these programs over the 2017, 2018, and 2019 academic years to determine the evolution of modern language programming at BUA as curricular offerings.