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  • Modern Language Aptitude Test
  • Center for Student Learning
  • Center for Student Wellness
  • EDLS 100 Learning Strategies
  • FRSR 101 Freshman Seminar
  • Center for Academic Advising
  • Career Services
  • Other Available Resources

    The College offers the following services to all students:


    Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT)
    The Modern Language Aptitude Test or MLAT was the outcome of a five-year research study at Harvard University and is published by the Psychological Corporation. This test provides an indication of a student's probable degree of success in learning a foreign language. It predicts their potential for learning to speak and understand a foreign language and for learning to read, write, and translate a foreign language.

    Many colleges and universities require this test to diagnose a learning disability specific to foreign languages. The College of Charleston uses it as a screening device to determine if a student should be referred to a licensed psychologist or neurologist for further testing to identify a possible learning disability.

    Who should take it?
    Any student who is consistently having difficulty successfully completing a foreign language should take the MLAT.

    When a student's transcript shows A's, B's, and C's in most subjects and D's or F's in foreign language, this student should be referred to CDS for MLAT screening. Another pattern frequently seen is B's or C's in foreign language in high school, a C in 101, a D or F in 102, and an F in 201.

    Often students will repeat 102 or 201 several times earning an F each time. Some students will try different languages, but rarely with success. Often the student has an auditory processing deficit. These students have difficulty distinguishing different sounds, blending sounds, and associating sounds and symbols. All are necessary skills for learning to speak and comprehend a foreign language.

    If you suspect a student may have a language related learning disability, please refer that student to CDS for MLAT testing. The test takes about forty minutes to administer with an additional 15 minutes needed to score the results. If the student chooses to wait, results are tabulated at the time of testing. Otherwise, results will be mailed the following day.

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    Center for Student Learning
    The Center for Student Learning in the Education Center offers tutoring labs in accounting, foreign languages, math, philosophy, and writing for all students. Extensively trained tutors can assist students in the development of language learning skills in the Foreign Languages Tutoring Lab, in each step of the writing process for papers in any course in the Writing Lab, and in the understanding and application of math concepts in the Math Lab. Tutoring also is available in other subject areas.

    The Study Skills Lab offers professional help in time management, critical college reading, note taking, and other learning strategies. This lab also offers a series of study skills seminars early in the semester. Open to all students, these workshops are especially beneficial to students with attention deficits or learning disabilities.

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    Center for Student Wellness
    The Center for Student Wellness is comprised of Student Health Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, and the Office of Substance Abuse Prevention. Counseling and Psychological Services offers weekly group sessions on a variety of topics. Each semester groups are offered for students interested in strengthening personal and interpersonal skills and resolving conflicts in life. Groups offer a supportive and confidential setting. Individual counseling is also available for all College students upon request.

    Student Health Services provides quality primary health care in an ambulatory setting with special emphasis on health education and prevention. Students requiring medication can have the use of these medications monitored by doctors at Student Health Services.

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    EDLS 100 Learning Strategies
    This course is offered to improve students' techniques for becoming proficient learners. Students learn to think critically about their study habits and educational goals. Topics covered include test taking, note taking, text study, time management, critical thinking, goal setting, and career exploration. Credit for this course counts for full-time status and for financial aid, but EDLS 100 does not bear credit toward graduation.

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    FRSR 101 Freshman Seminar
    This course is a two-credit elective, which surveys the values of liberal arts education, and reviews study skills strategies. FRSR 101 is an excellent way for students to make a smooth transition into the college environment, become more efficient learners, gain an increased understanding of liberal arts education, and earn college credit while doing so. To register for this course, the student should ask his or her advisor to include FRSR 101 with other courses requested during the first semester.

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    Center for Academic Advising
    The Center for Academic Advising is responsible for advising all undeclared students, including students approved for SNAP Services. Faculty advisors can choose to become SNAP advisors by attending a special orientation about issues affecting students with learning disabilities, attention deficits, and physical or mental health disabilities. SNAP advisors understand the special needs of SNAP students and the impact advising can have on academic success. SNAP advisors will:

    Priority Registration Procedures
    Along with athletes and Honors students, students approved for SNAP Services participate in priority registration to give them the opportunity to select courses that address their learning needs and meet at times that allow them to use the accommodations they need, such as extended test time. Information regarding registration deadlines is publicized by mail-outs, flyers, and on the SNAP listserv.

    Undeclared majors should make an appointment for advisement and registration with the Center for Academic Advising. SNAP students should always request a SNAP advisor when making advising appointments.

    Declared majors should meet first with their major advisor who should sign their course worksheet. SNAP students should then take their worksheet to the Walk-in Advisor at the Advising Center for registration and information regarding foreign language and math/logic alternatives. Because the SNAP registration deadline is much earlier than that of the general student body, we ask that you try to accommodate the early advising needs of SNAP students whenever possible.

    If you have questions regarding the advising of SNAP students, please call the Center for Academic Advising at 953-5981. If you would like to take part in a SNAP Advisor Training, please call SNAP Services at 953-1431.

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    Career Services
    The Office of Career Services provides information to students about employment, internships, and careers. It helps the undecided student in exploring major and career options as well as in mapping a career plan. The office provides career assessment by using inventories such as the Strong Interest Inventory, SIGI-PLUS, and workshops on "How to Choose a Major." Individual appointments are available.

    Upper-level students can explore post-graduate options such as employment, graduate school, and other available alternatives. The office holds career fairs, on-campus recruitment, and workshops on resume writing, interviewing techniques, and networking. Directories of graduate and professional schools are also located on site. Resources on alternatives such a Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, volunteering, and internships are available and may be discussed with a Career Services counselor.

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    Other Available Resources
    SNAP Services has numerous audio and video tapes on attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and learning disabilities available for faculty use. If you are interested in seeing these videos, please contact SNAP Services. SNAP Services also has several Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder screens for students to help them determine if further testing is advised. Like the MLAT, these screens do not diagnose attention deficits; rather they give the student an indication of whether further testing is warranted.

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