Certificates of Achievement

A Certificate of Achievement will be issued by FCCWL to any student who meets specific milestones in study of a less-commonly studied language through FCCWL. These certificates provide evidence of language learning accomplishments for resumes, applications, and portfolios. Students may earn multiple certificates as language study progresses. Certificates are issued directly by FCCWL and will not be noted on a student’s academic transcript. Email fclang@fivecolleges.edu for an application.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Study of a language through FCCWL for at least 4 semesters 
  • Students in Hindi, Swahili, and Turkish may meet this requirement in 3 semesters by taking 2 full courses and 1 half course. 
  • Each course completed with a grade of B or better.
  • Up to 2 semesters of language study abroad or summers of intensive language study may be counted with approval of the Director of FCCWL. In order for study abroad or summer intensive language study to be counted toward the certificate, a student must complete at least 1 semester of enrollment in a FCCWL course after the study abroad or summer intensive experience. One semester abroad or one summer of study will count as the equivalent of one semester of study with FCCWL regardless of the intensity of the course. A student who has completed a more intensive course will likely place into higher levels of FCCWL courses and be eligible for a higher level certificate.

Deadline: Certificates are issued on a rolling basis. Students may earn multiple certificates as language study progresses. Apply at the end of the semester when a given level has been reached. 

Certificate Levels: For most languages offered by FCCWL, certificates will be issued at three levels of accomplishment (see exceptions below):

  • “Certificate of Foundational Achievement” for a student who completes through level IV or V over 4 semesters
    • Certificate will state “A student earning a Certificate of Foundational Achievement in a language has successfully completed a core curriculum which is designed to bring the student from a beginning level to at least an early intermediate level of proficiency. This includes the ability to hold simple everyday conversations, to use a range of vocabulary related to daily activities and transactions, and familiarity with many of the most frequently used grammatical structures of the language. Some students will perform above the early intermediate level at this point.”
  • “Certificate of Intermediate Achievement” for a student who completes through level VI or VII over 4 semesters
    • Certificate will state “A student earning a Certificate of Intermediate Achievement in a language has successfully completed a curriculum designed to solidify skills at an intermediate level of proficiency. This includes the ability to hold extended conversations on topics related to home, family, friends, school, work, and community; and the ability to use the language to manage logistics of everyday life such as taking care of shopping, transportation, lodging, and other necessities. Some students will perform above the intermediate level at this point.” NOTE: For a student who completes through level VI, the certificate will say "Intermediate" and for a student who completed through level VII, the certificate will say "High Intermediate." All other wording is the same.
  • “Certificate of Advanced Achievement” for a student who completes through level VIII or above over 4 semesters
    • Certificate will state “A student earning a Certificate of Advanced Achievement in a language has successfully completed at least one course in a curriculum designed to develop skills at the advanced level. This includes the ability to describe, summarize, and narrate in detail across a range of social and cultural topics; to discuss and give opinions about matters of community, national, and international concern; the ability to handle everyday transactions even when complications arise; and the ability to handle some professional work situations. Some students will have developed higher advanced skills including the ability to communicate about technical matters in a specific field and the ability to provide detailed supporting arguments for opinions and plans of action.”

Exceptions:

  • American Sign Language:  A student who completes through Intermediate ASL IIIB over four semesters of study with a grade of B or better will be eligible for a Foundational certificate. A student who completes through High Intermediate ASL A will be issued an Intermediate certificate. A student who completes High Intermediate ASL B will be issued a High Intermediate certificate. A student who completes Advanced ASL A or B will be issued an Advanced certificate.
  • Arabic Dialects: A student who completes through level IV over four semesters of study with a grade of B or better will be issued a High Intermediate certificate. A student who completes through level V or higher over four semesters of study will be issued an Advanced certificate.
  • Cantonese for Mandarin Speakers: A student who completes through level IV over four semesters of study with a grade of B or better will be issued either an Intermediate or an Advanced certificate depending upon the results of the certified ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview taken at the end of the course.