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. 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 FCCWL language for at least 4 levels over at least 3 semesters
  • 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.

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 four levels of accomplishment:

  • Certificate of Foundational Achievement for completion through level IV or V
  • Certificate of Intermediate Achievement for completion through level VI
  • Certificate of High Intermediate Achievement for completion through level VII
  • Certificate of Advanced Achievement for completion through level VIII

Exceptions

American Sign Language

  • Students who began studying ASL before fall 2020 and meet the eligibility requirements above may earn:
    • Certificate of Foundational Achievement for completion through Intermediate IIIB
    • Certificate of Intermediate Achievement for completion through High Intermediate A
    • Certificate of High Intermediate Achievement for completion through High Intermediate B
    • Certificate of Advanced Achievement for completion through Advanced A or B
  • Students who began studying ASL after fall 2020 and meet the eligibility requirements above may earn:
    • Certificate of Advanced Achievement for completion through Advanced B

Arabic dialects. Students of Arabic dialects who meet the eligibility requirements above may earn: 

  • Certificate of High Intermediate Achievement for completion through level IV
  • Certificate of Advanced Achievement for completion through level V or higher

Cantonese for Mandarin Speakers. Students who meet the eligibility requirements above and complete through level IV may earn an Intermediate, High Intermediate, or Advanced certificate depending upon the results of the certified ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview taken at the end of the course.