Language Proficiency

All students in the ITR program must be functionally bilingual in English and at least one other language before they can be admitted to the program. Functionally bilingual in this context means that the student possesses sufficient ability in speaking, listening, reading, and writing in both languages to be able to handle college-level topics with a minimum of grammatical or performance errors. All applicants must demonstrate their languages proficiency either through prior coursework or through evaluation testing. Please see the Program Information Briefs for details.

Once your DMACC application has been received and processed, you will be contacted by the ITR Program Advisor. Although language proficiency in a language other than English is not required for the first two ITR courses (ITR 101 and ITR 102), it is required for all other ITR courses, and the student will not be allowed to continue in the ITR program unless language proficiency is demonstrated.

Assessment of second language proficiency will be done as part of the first course ITR 101. Taking ITR 101 is a prerequisite to take ITR 103 and ITR 104.

If the evaluation reveals that the student is not prepared to start the program due to lack of language proficiency in English or the other language, the ITR Program Advisor and/or the ITR Program Chair will work with the student to develop a plan for achieving proficiency; for example, ESL/English courses, Foreign Language courses, Language courses for Heritage Speakers, etc.