Title of Certificate: Spanish, Certificate
(Note: Program is currently pending MHEC approval.)
Total Credit Hours: 16-22
About World Languages
This certificate builds on 21st-century competencies that students need to navigate a multicultural workplace, such as communication, collaboration, and social and cross-cultural skills. Upon successful completion of the Spanish certificate, students will be able to engage in meaningful conversation, understand spoken language and written text, and present information, concepts, and ideas in Spanish. In addition, students will learn to use their native and acquired language to work cooperatively across cultures with global team members, sharing responsibility and making necessary compromises while working toward a common goal. Finally, they will understand diverse cultural perspectives and use appropriate sociolinguistic skills to function in diverse cultural and linguistic contexts.
21st Century Skill Map for languages can be found at: https://www.actfl.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/21stCenturySkillsMap/p21_worldlanguagesmap.pdf
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is the national organization that provides guidance on teaching and learning in world language classrooms. Students will earn the credential by completing the required courses listed in the certificate and by demonstrating that they can communicate in Spanish at a specific proficiency level. We will use the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) to gauge students’ proficiency levels according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines. This interactive assessment tool measures how well a person communicates in a second language. The OPI score along with the required courses show an employer and/or community organization what students can actually do with the Spanish language. This certificate will give the students a tangible credential enhanced by a nationally-recognized assessment tool that reveals their true proficiency levels.
A description of the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) can be found at: https://www.actfl.org/professional-development/assessments-the-actfl-testing-office/oral-proficiency-assessments-including-opi-opic
Range of Occupations:
- Law enforcement
- Medical professional
- Childcare provider
- Landscape services
- Restaurant management
- Hotel management
- Social worker
- Home health aide
- Occupational therapy assistant
- Speech-language pathologist
Occupations can be explored further through the Career Services at https://www.aacc.edu/resources/careers-and-employment/career-services/.