Why Penn Foster?

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  • Self-Paced
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Program Overview

Develop your Spanish vocabulary and grammar skills with Penn Foster’s Spanish Certificate Program. Learn to speak, read, and translate the language when traveling in any Spanish-speaking country. And you can complete this program in as little as one month!

Curriculum Details

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

Course 1

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

Course 2

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”

Course 3

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

Course 4

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:

  • Audio 4
  • Listening Comprehension Audio

Textbook: Phrase Book

Course 5

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

Course 6

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

Course 7

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

Computer Specifications
You will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. You will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows XP® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running OS X® or later, and an email account to complete your program with Penn Foster.

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Sample Lesson

To view a Spanish sample lesson, click here.

Spanish Certificate Program Details

Penn Foster will help you gain the knowledge and skills you need, like vocabulary, grammar, and communicating in business or travel situations.




online Spanish certification

The Spanish Certificate Program helps you learn to speak, read, and translate Spanish. Here are a few qualities that effective Spanish language learners have in common:

  • Independent: You are self-motivated and work best on your own.
  • Detail oriented: It’s important to have a sharp eye and check things twice.
  • Patient: You understand that good work takes time, and you work well despite obstacles.

My overall experience with Penn Foster was great. You are allowed to go at your own speed, and the school gives encouragement to keep you going. I would recommend Penn Foster.

- James R., Penn Foster Graduate

Penn Foster is a great school with amazing people who always help and work with you through ANY situation. I experienced a fire in my home, and Penn Foster was there for me to cope through the situation. Thank you, and I will be doing another program soon.

- Claudia D., Penn Foster Graduate

I would highly recommend this school. The tuition is very low, and there are no specific deadlines for your assignments. The school allows you to work at your own pace, and transferring credits from other schools is simple.

- Bradley S., Penn Foster Graduate

We make sure you have everything you need:

  • Customized payment plans with 0% interest
  • Learning aids included: audio files and Spanish phrase book
  • Study Planner App to customize your study plans and keep track of your progress
  • Instructional support from our world-class faculty
  • Access 24/7 to Penn Foster’s online campus, plus immediate membership in the Spanish Certificate academic group
  • Your personalized online student homepage and learning portal
  • Additional resources such as our online library and career guidance from Career Cruising

Does Penn Foster’s Spanish Certificate Program provide any learning materials?

Yes, the program includes audio files and a Spanish phrase book.

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The completion of a certificate-level program does not typically qualify a student for employment. Completion of this program may assist students who have previous academic or work related experience improve their chances for promotion or entry-level employment.

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