Nowadays, knowledge of one or more foreign languages is essential to enter into the professional world. Therefore, since 2007, the faculty has gradually inserted foreign language courses in its curriculum. These language courses (English, Dutch and German) are organized by ISLV.
At the beginning of the first year of the Bachelor’s degree, students must attend a placement test. It will determine the level they will incorporate. The following year, they enter the next level. The required level at the end of cycle is the level B, which corresponds to the European level B2 in reading skills.
Coordination : Nathalie Schraepen - +32 4 3664652 - N.Schraepen@ulg.ac.be
Proficiency in French
It is also important to master the French language correctly to fit the job market. In the speech therapy curriculum, this ability is an essential prerequisite. Indeed, the Charter of Professional Ethics of speech and language therapists in the European Union (adopted by the CPLOL in Athens on May 1 1999 and Copenhagen May 9, 1993) states that: "Speech and language therapists must have a sufficient level of competency speaking and writing in the language they use professionally". Therefore, in the Bac 3 Speech Therapy program there is a test "Mastery of the French language" that students must pass.
The ISLV offers each academic year a test (free and confidential) of proficiency in French language for students of BAC 1.The ISLV also provides additional training in the classroom or in distant learning.
Since 2010-2011, the faculty has included in the Masters 1 in Speech Therapy programme an introductory course in sign language. This initiative has been set up at the request of students, as part of their training. In their future professional practice they will have to communicate with deaf or hearing-impaired patients. The ULg is thus the first French-speaking Belgian university to offer such language in its curriculum. The course (compulsory, 30 hours) is organized by the ISLV and is given by Prof. Thierry Haesenne, a linguist graduate of the University of Liège, teaching sign language and French, who is himself deaf. He also provides an advanced course of 30 hours in Master 2 in Speech Therapy. This course is optional.