Spanish Certificate

Program Outline

Instruction Sets
Your program consists of seven Instruction Sets designed to take you step-by-step through the knowledge and skills you'll need when speaking the Spanish language.

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

Instruction Set 1

Developing a study plan; clues which indicate gender; word breaks in Spanish sentences; indicating possession; practicing the cardinal numbers; beginning to acquire an active vocabulary; asking questions in Spanish; developing fluency with vocabulary and grammar introduced thus far.

Learning Aid: CD #1

Supplement: Learner's Guide

Instruction Set 2

Increasing active vocabulary; generating sentences using active and new vocabulary; using ser and estar correctly; recognizing Spanish consonants; using object pronouns correctly; using hay correctly; the Spanish equivalent of any number from 1-9999.

Learning Aid: CD #2

Supplement: "Letters to Ben"

Instruction Set 3

Using era and eran correctly; creating "mini-story" plots using active vocabulary; using the present tense forms of regular verbs; increasing active vocabulary; recalling and reciting questions and answers using pictographs.

Learning Aids:
• CD #3
• Pictograph Flash Cards

Instruction Set 4

Placing object pronouns correctly in sentences; increasing active vocabulary; recognizing reflexive pronouns; comprehending the meaning of the present, preterit; imperfect, and present perfect tenses; using new vocabulary to create "mini-stories."

Learning Aids:
• CD #4
• Listening Comprehension CD
• Phrase Book

Instruction Set 5

Listening to and reading stories and dialogues to improve pronunciation and comprehension; using the preterit, imperfect, and present perfect tenses correctly; recognizing verb forms of seven simple verb tenses.

Learning Aid: CD #5

Instruction Set 6

Listening to and reading stories and dialogues to improve comprehension; forming the past participle of regular verbs; memorizing the past participles of at least eleven irregular verbs; increasing active vocabulary; recognizing compound tenses.

Learning Aid:
• CD #6

Instruction Set 7

Language for business, travel, and other real-life situations.

Learning Aids:
• CD #7
• CD #8


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.