Frequently asked questions
Are classical languages, such as Latin or Greek, suitable to fulfill the “e” subject requirement? Can American Sign Language be used to satisfy the LOTE requirement?
Yes, classical languages are acceptable to fulfill the language other than English (LOTE) requirement.
American Sign Language (ASL) is a natural language and can be also used to fulfill the “e” subject requirement, but signing English is not acceptable and will not satisfy the requirement.
Some students began coursework in a language other than English in middle school. Will these courses count toward fulfilling the “e” subject requirement?
Language other than English courses completed in the seventh and/or eighth grades with a grade of C or higher can be used to fulfill the "e” subject requirement. Students are not required to repeat these courses once they have entered high school. Students will list these courses in the “Seventh / Eighth Grade Course” section on the UC application. They are not required to submit a middle school transcript, however it is preferable that the courses be listed on the high school transcript.
Because the student has already satisfied one or both years of the two-year requirement, they are not required to complete two additional LOTE courses in high school. However, the University recommends students to continue with their language other than English through the third level.
Can higher-level LOTE courses validate a grade of D or F earned in a lower-level course? Can higher-level LOTE courses validate the omission of a lower-level course?
Completion of higher-level language other than English coursework with a grade of C or higher validates D or F grades earned in lower-level courses or when a lower-level course is skipped over. A complete description and matrix of the LOTE validation rules is available in UC’s Quick Reference for Counselors.
Using a higher-level LOTE course to validate a grade of D or F earned in a lower-level course will not replace the D or F grade calculated into the UC GPA. Only if the exact course or semester in which the D or F grade earned was repeated would the repeated grade replace the original deficient grade in the UC GPA.
A student earned a grade of C or better in the second semester of a language other than English course, but earned a D grade in the first semester. Can the second semester grade validate the D grade?
The language other than English (“e”) subject area is one of two subject areas where a grade of C or better earned in the second semester of the course can validate a grade of D or F received in the first semester. This validation rule pertains to all levels of LOTE courses.
Using a second-semester grade of C or better to validate a D or F grade earned in the first semester will not replace the deficient grade calculated into the UC GPA. Only if the first semester of the course is repeated would the repeated grade replace the original D or F in the UC GPA.
A student completed his first two years of high school in a foreign country. Which of their courses can be used to satisfy the "e" subject requirement?
The "e" subject requirement can also be referred to as the Non-Language of Instruction subject requirement. In high schools where the language of instruction is not in English, language and composition courses in English can count toward the “e” subject requirement. If a student completed two years of English coursework at their international high school, then the student has fulfilled the LOTE ("e") subject requirement.
For more information on how students with international or mixed records can satisfy the "a-g" subject requirements, please refer to the Quick Reference for Counselors [PDF] (pages 12 & 13).