In response to the requests from local area high schools, Saint Joseph’s University agreed to host two Advanced Placement (AP) tests using the facilities of the Language Labs housed in the Foreign Languages and Literatures Department. On Monday, May 4th, the Foreign Languages and Literatures Department hosted sixteen Lower Merion High School students and five Harriton High School students for the Advanced Placement French Examination. The following day, May 5th, the department welcomed eighteen Lower Merion High School students and five Harriton High School students for the Advanced Placement Spanish Examination. The Foreign Language Labs are equipped with SANAKO Lab 300 software and hardware, which allows the test proctors to administer the exams simply and efficiently. The software has built-in AP testing tools that have students listen to test questions and then record verbal responses. These digital capabilities offer more flexibility and convenience than traditional methods of recording speech.
The Foreign Languages and Literatures department has been hosting these exams for the past several years, an activity which fosters a closer relationship between the university and the local area schools. The members of the department are committed to the Ignition vision of service for “men and women with and for each other.” The Foreign Language and Literatures department is pleased to offer this service to area high schools and is dedicated to the Jesuit tradition.