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LANGUAGE CENTER

The Language Center was approved by Medellin’s State Board of Education by means of resolution number 08777 of 2010. Our programs are guided by the Common European Framework Language Reference.

Mission

The Language Center has as its mission the promotion of foreign languages in the university campus and its external community through a sequential, coherent, and practical methodology, which contributes to a better academic, technical, industrial and cultural education in all students.

Vision

The Language Center will impel and motivate the teaching and learning of foreign languages through quality processes and in a constant search for an educational community in a bilingual setting.

Objectives

• To offer students the means to communicate orally, starting from simple to advanced conversations.

• To promote the reading of articles, magazines, books and texts.

• To direct the conversational practice from the beginning of the first course.

• To encourage students toward a continuous learning of foreign languages.

Methodology

The program is developed in a practical participatory manner. The student listens, speaks, reads and writes about natural, social and experiential meaningful realities. The student continuously listens to native voices to become familiar with the phonetics and pronunciation of the language. The practical nature of the program allows students to talk and express themselves about the contents studied in each level. All levels have a conversational approach oriented by a language immersion.

Second Language Requirement

The University of Medellin has as a requirement for students’ graduation the accreditation of a second language at a low intermediate level. The requirement for students who entered the university in the year 2008 or earlier is one of the following: to take the University of Medellin Melicet Test and score: 72. Students who take 7 courses offered by the Language Center do not have to take the test. The MET test taken at the Colombo Americano which includes the oral interview, and getting the level B1 in each of the following components: grammar, listening and oral interview (the numeric score at the end of the test is not valid). IELTS: level B1. TOEFL: level B1.

For students who entered the university in 2009 the requirement for graduation is the accreditation of a second language at a high intermediate level. The requirement is one of the following: to take the University of Medellin Melicet Test and score 72. Students who take 10 courses offered by the Language Center do not have to take the test. The MET test taken at the Colombo Americano which includes the oral interview, and getting the level B2 in each of the following components: grammar, listening and oral interview (the numeric score at the end of the test is not valid). IELTS: level B2. TOEFL: level B2.