World Languages Talent Award

The Department of World Languages and Literature offers talent awards to students with demonstrated interest and outstanding language skills in SpanishJapaneseFrenchGerman, and Chinese.  This award is especially suited to students who plan to enroll in language courses and be active in world language and culture activities while at Pacific, and who demonstrate a a history of language, literature and culture study in high school.

The Awards

Talent awards of $2500 are awarded for SpanishJapaneseFrenchGerman, and Chinese. Awards are renewable for all four years of study, provided that students are enrolled in language and culture courses or demonstrate active participation in language and culture related activities each semester.


All students must have applied and been admitted to Pacific in order to compete for the World Language Talent Award. All students, regardless of their intended major or minor, are eligible to compete for a language award. Most students competing for language awards will visit the Forest Grove campus on Senior Preview days. Students not participating in Senior Preview days will complete the online test to qualify for competition in the oral component.

  • Eligible students may be non-native, heritage or native speakers of the language for which the award is granted.
  • Students may compete in more than one language, but may receive an award in one language only.  
  • Recipients are not required to major in the language.

The Competition

The World Language Talent Award competition consists of two parts: an online language exam and an in-person oral interview.  Heritage, native, and non-native students' proficiency will be judged separately.

Part 1: Online Language Proficiency Test

The online language test assesses your reading, writing, and speaking skills. This untimed, unproctored tests is the same placement test required of all incoming students.  It is used as part of the WLTA competition, as well as to establish initial language course placement at Pacific.  You should take the test seriously, of course, but there is no need to study for it.  We need to know what you can do with the language on an average day.  The online language test must be completed by March 1, 2020, in order to qualify for the award. 

Part 2: Oral Interview

Oral interviews occur following Senior Preview Day activities, or by appointment if you visit campus at another time.  Students who cannot appear in person for the interview may arrange for an oral interview from a distance using telecommunication (web conference, telephone, or video recording). Language faculty will contact you to arrange a time to interview.  All interviews must be completed by March 13, 2020


Please register online for the World Languages Talent Award. Once you have registered for the language competition, you will receive additional information and instructions for completing the online language placement test and scheduling the oral interview. 


Talent Award Renewal

To renew your WLTA scholarship, you should arrange a meeting with a scholarship mentor during your advising period each semester with a professor for the language you are studying at Pacific to satisfy the requirements of your award.

Requirements for Renewal

Grades: B average (3.0) or above in language and culture classes.

Courses:  4 or more credits per year in language or related classes

Examples of qualifying classes include:

  • all classes with a language prefix:  CHIN, FREN, GERM, JAPN, SPAN
  • WORL 325
  • WORL 365
  • HUM 255/355 “Culinary Tour of France”
  • HUM 207 “German Film in English”
  • HUM 255/355 "Intro to US-Latino/a Studies"
  • HUM 255 "The World of Japanese Animation"
  • HUM 213 "Intro to Japanese Literature"
  • HUM 351 "Traditional Theater of East Asia"
  • HUM 255 "Japan, Asia and World"
  • HUM 204 "Chinese Cultural Study”
  • Study Abroad: semester or year
  • Other language and culture courses as approved by the WorLL Faculty

Leadership in Languages Activities: Demonstrated participation and leadership in language and culture activities. 

Example activities include:

  • Study abroad
  • Work as a CLIC Language Ambassador
  • Tutor and mentor in a language (Worll 325)
  • Liaison between community and classroom learning
  • Language night leadership role
  • Language table leadership role
  • Club activity leadership or organizational role
  • Assistant Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) with activities
  • Presenter for Languages in Motion (LIM)
  • Participant, presenter, or co-presenter with faculty member at language conference
  • Research assistant to faculty member