Spanish Certificate

Program Outline

Develop your Spanish vocabulary and grammar skills with Penn Foster Career School's Spanish Online Certificate Program. With Penn Foster Career School, you'll improve your working proficiency for speaking, reading, and translating the Spanish language. Plus you’ll be prepared if you ever travel to a Spanish-speaking country! And you can complete this program in as little as three months.

Here's how it works
You receive the first course as soon as your enrollment has been accepted, and other courses will follow as you complete your exams.

Computer Specifications
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 7® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running OS X® or later, and an email account to participate in and complete your program.

Here is an overview of what you'll learn and the order in which you'll access your lessons:

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal
The program goal for Penn Foster's Spanish Certificate Program is to teach students the fundamentals of conversational Spanish.

Program Outcomes
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to...

  • Identify correct uses of gender and pluralization in nouns and adjectives, noun/adjective agreement, and the numbers in Spanish.
  • Conjugate a variety of common Spanish verbs using the correct subject
  • Differentiate between commonly confused Spanish terms, such as ser/estar, saber/conocer, and ésta/está
  • Recognize correct use of the direct object pronoun
  • Identify adverbial prepositions
  • Translate and summarize poems and short stories in Spanish, answer questions about these stories in written
  • Spanish, and translate sentences from English to Spanish/Spanish to English
  • Recognize vocabulary terms from, and answer questions based on, audio recordings
  • Give directions and answer questions that are commonly encountered when traveling
  • Write a short business letter entirely in Spanish using appropriate grammar, vocabulary, and abbreviations



Listening in Spanish


  • Develop a study plan.
  • Start to acquire an active vocabulary.
  • Develop fluency with the vocabulary and grammar you learn.
  • Determine gender and indicate possession.
  • Practice using cardinal numbers and asking basic questions.

Additional Course Materials
Learning Aid: Audio 1
Supplement: Learner's Guide

Thinking in Spanish


  • Form sentences and use object pronouns.
  • Use ser, estar, and hay correctly.
  • Recognize Spanish consonants.
  • Count from 1 to 9,999.

Additional Course Materials
Learning Aid: Audio 2
Supplement: “Letters to Ben”

How Spanish Works


  • Use the present tense forms of regular verbs.
  • Use era and eran correctly.
  • Create story plots.
  • Recall and recite questions and answers using pictographs.

Additional Course Materials
Learning Aids:

  • Audio 3
  • Pictograph Flash Cards

Describing Action in Spanish


  • Use new vocabulary to create stories.
  • Place object pronouns correctly in sentences.
  • Recognize reflexive pronouns.
  • Understand the meaning of the present, preterit, imperfect, and present perfect tenses.

Additional Course Materials
Learning Aid: Listening Comprehension Audio
Textbook: Phrase Book

Increasing Vocabulary


  • Listen to and read stories and dialogues to improve your pronunciation and comprehension.
  • Use the preterit, imperfect, and present perfect tenses correctly.
  • Recognize verb forms of simple verb tenses.

Additional Course Material
Learning Aid: Audio 5

Basic Conversation


  • Listen to and read stories and dialogues to improve your pronunciation and comprehension.
  • Form the past participle of regular verbs.
  • Know the past participles of irregular verbs.
  • Recognize compound tenses.

Additional Course Materials
Learning Aid: Audio 6

Practical Conversation


  • Practice Spanish for business, travel, and everyday situations.
  • Describe how to have a conversation in Spanish-speaking countries.

Additional Course Materials
Learning Aids: Audios 7 and 8


Work Experience Option
Upon completion of your program, you’ll have the opportunity to apply the skills you’ve learned in real-life, hands-on situations in an office or business setting through a Work Experience Option. Although this is not required for program completion, the self-arranged Work Experience Option allows you to seek out and gain experience as an Administrative Assistant with an employer near you.


Online Library and Librarian
Students in Penn Foster Career School have access to an online library for use during their studies. Students can use this library to do the required research in the courses they complete or can use it for general reference and links to valuable resources. The library contains helpful research assistance, articles, databases, books, and Web links. A librarian is available to answer questions on general research-related topics via email and to assist students in research activities during their studies with Penn Foster Career School International.

We reserve the right to change program content and materials when it becomes necessary.

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