Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
What language skills does a 400-level course entail?

When students start a 400-level course, they should be able to:

  • Converse at an advanced level with ease and confidence when dealing with most tasks and social situations.
  • Successfully handle complicated tasks and social situations, even though some lack of vocabulary or special terminology is observed.
  • Consistently sustain understanding of discussion topics.
  • Read written texts with about 80% accuracy in understanding, with consistency and speed. 
  • Write memos, email, letters, and academic papers.
  • Have some public speaking skills, which will be fine-tuned while studying at this level.
  • Be aware of social protocols and proper register.
  • Function in a variety of social and professional situations.
  • Understand the current and historical issues of a specific country or region of society.
  • Understand politics, business and international affairs of a specific country or region of society.
  • Understand their specific field of study and discuss it in the target language.