La Roche College offers a modern language certificate program in French and Spanish. It is designed to develop a working-level speaking ability in a foreign language as well as competency in the other language skills.
The program also provides intensive learning experiences in foreign cultures and customs. Through state-of-the-art methodologies, including computer assisted instruction, various technological aides and other support programs, students are provided with opportunities for individual pacing and reinforcement of language skills.
The department encourages interested students to participate in immersion programs, i.e. language programs in native speaking environments, in order to experience a full exposure to the target language and culture.
The program consists of a sequence of six courses aimed at developing the oral proficiency skills of the student as measured on the ACTFL/ETS national scale. Final testing to qualify for the certificate will take place after a student has completed the Language and Culture II course of the language cycle. Only an "Intermediate-Mid" or above level as measured on the ACTFL/ETS scale will appear on the student's transcript.
Completion of one of the following language cycles with a grade point of "B" or higher:
- French cycle:
MLFR 1001, 1002, 2001, 2002, 3001, 3002
- Spanish cycle:
MLSP1001, 1002, 2001, 2002, 3001, 3002
- Demonstration of oral proficiency at an intermediate or advanced level
- Successful completion of written examination following the fulfillment of the language cycle requirement
NOTE: The Modern Language Certificate Program is not a major. Students may elect to earn a certificate in addition to their major, core, and elective requirements.