La Roche College
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Pittsburgh, PA 15237

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Explanation of Certificate Program

Modern Language Certificate Program

Program Guide


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.

French Cycle:

MLFR1001 Elementary French I
MLFR1002 Elementary French II
MLFR2001 Intermediate French I
MLFR2002 Intermediate French II
MLFR3001 Advanced French Language & Culture I
MLFR3002 Advanced French Language & Culture II

Spanish Cycle:

MLSP1001 Elementary Spanish I
MLSP1002 Elementary Spanish II
MLSP2001 Intermediate Spanish I
MLSP2002 Intermediate Spanish II
MLSP3001 Advanced Spanish Language & Culture I
MLSP3002 Advanced Spanish Language & Culture II

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