Five College Consortium

Five College Center for the Study of World Languages

Certificates of Achievement (Foundational, Intermediate, and Advanced)

A Certificates of Achievement will be issued by FCCSWL to any student who meets specific milestones in study of a less-commonly studied language through FCCSWL. This is a certificate issued by FCCSWL, not something that will be noted on a student’s academic transcript.  FCCSWL courses and grades are listed on a student’s transcript.

These certificates provide additional evidence of language learning accomplishments for resumes, applications, and portfolios. A student who has met the requirement may request a certificate by emailing the FCCSWL course organizer by the close of any semester in which the requirement for a specific level of certificate is reached. A certificate will be issued as a pdf and emailed to the student in January or June of each year. A student may earn multiple certificates as language study progresses.

Requirement: Study of a language through FCCSWL for at least 4 semesters and each course completed with a grade of B or better.  For purposes of the certificate, both half course enrollment and full course enrollment count as one semester of study. Students who complete full courses may be eligible for higher level certificates.

  • Up to 2 semesters of language study abroad or summers of intensive language study may be counted toward the 4 semesters with approval of the Director of FCCSWL.  In order for study abroad or summer intensive language study to be counted toward the certificate, a student must complete at least one semester of enrollment in a FCCSWL 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 FCCSWL regardless of the intensity of the course.  A student who has completed a more intensive course will likely place into higher levels of FCCSWL courses and be eligible for a higher level certificate.

 

Certificate Levels:  For most languages offered by FCCSWL, 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.”
  • “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 (formerly Mentored ASL IV) 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 or High Intermediate ASL B will be eligible for an Intermediate certificate. Students who completed Mentored ASL VI in Spring 2017 should contact the Center.

 

  • Arabic Dialects: A student who completes through level IV over four semesters of study with a grade of B or better will be issued an 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.