Spanish in the Professions Certificate Program
The Spanish certificate program is designed for the working professional. The Spanish in the Professions (SIP) courses provide learners with a flexible approach to language learning by combining individual, computer-based and multimedia learning with face-to-face language practice during the Fall and Spring semesters, and with intensive face-to-face and hybrid classes during the Summer. This approach is designed for students who want to put Spanish to immediate use in their community or place of work. With increasing changes in our communities and workplaces, with a need for Spanish language acquisition, more employers will be needing professionals with these language skills.
**Teachers Note: This certificate is not equivalent to a professional licensure program for teaching in public elementary or secondary schools in Wisconsin. A certificate of completion will be awarded to each student who has completed the required course work.
What is the Purpose?
The central academic goal of this certificate is to build linguistic proficiency in the Spanish language while gaining an appreciation of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. This certificate distinguishes itself from the regular Spanish academic major and minor in that its focus is to enable students to operate in professional situations that require a level of basic or intermediate linguistic competence in Spanish. By adopting a task based approach to language acquisition, the certificate courses are structured to gear the learner to an intermediate proficiency level.
Who Should Enroll?
Spanish for Professionals is designed to meet the changing needs of professionals who are in contact with Spanish-speaking customers. With front-line professionals in mind, including customer service representatives, call center employees, hospitality workers, bankers, social workers, teachers and health care workers, you will learn at a pace that is comfortable for you. Whether you choose to enroll for the Spring or Fall program, or enroll for the week-long Immersion Experience, you will be amazed at how quickly you will learn conversational phrases necessary for your professions and grow to have a deeper understanding of the grammar and written language structure of Spanish. This program is not designed for people who are fluent or at advanced levels in Spanish.
This program is designed for beginners through intermediate levels! Upon registration, students will take an online pre-test that will determine their suggested skill level. Experienced instructors will teach to every skill level represented by the class. A minimum of four upper level certificate courses, taken for undergraduate credit, must completed to earn the certificate.
The Fall and Spring sessions are web-enhanced with four or more face-time meetings that encourage language practice. The summer session is a week-long, 30 hour, intensive experience that offers a full array of choices for the novice up to an intermediate-level learner.
How Will I Benefit from a Certificate in Spanish in the Professions?
Earn your certificate from a world-class University. You will be inspired by experienced, qualified instructors who will provide the personal attention you need. Plus, this certificate distinguishes itself from the regular Spanish academic major and minor in that its focus is to enable students to operate in professional situations that require a level of basic or intermediate linguistic competence in Spanish. By adopting a task based approach to language acquisition, the certificate courses are designed to advance the learner to an intermediate proficiency level.
Testimonial from Jordan Steel, our First Certificate Graduate:
Becoming conversational in Spanish has allowed me to secure my position as a Substitute Teacher, in that I work with many classes that are made up of Hispanohablantes. Also, I am often able to utilize my Spanish at the Fire Department. Several weeks ago I responded to assist in a fire investigation. An individual at the house spoke only Spanish. I served as a translator for the investigator, and was able to get all of his questions answered. I believe that it was comforting for the individual to have someone to converse with in Spanish.
I am very excited to continue with my missionary work in Peru. This will be my fifth year traveling to Lima, and I am continuing to work with the church, as well as the Firemen of Lima. Last year I worked at a medical mission translating for the doctors and nurses. I am currently looking for a used fire engine to get donated to the firemen of San Juan de Lurigancho. This course allowed me to begin at a level that was equal to my abilities. That was very attractive to me.