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Spanish Certificate Program Details

Penn Foster’s online Spanish Certificate Program consists of classes geared toward helping students gain foundational knowledge in the Spanish Language. Your classes cover how to read, write, and understand grammar and punctuation for basic Spanish conversations.

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.

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


  • 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.

Learning Aid: Audio 1

Supplement: Learner's Guide



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

Learning Aid: Audio 2

Supplement: “Letters to Ben”



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

Learning Aids:

  • Audio 3
  • Pictograph Flash Cards


  • 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.

Learning Aid:

  • Audio 4
  • Listening Comprehension Audio

Textbook: Phrase Book



  • 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.

Learning Aid: Audio 5



  • 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.

Learning Aid: Audio 6



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

Learning Aids: Audios 7 and 8

Additional Details

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in this field are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered in the Penn Foster Program. Prospective students should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where they plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in this Program. Click here for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.
Please review your state board requirements that are applicable to your field of study. State boards may impose a variety of different requirements.

Penn Foster Career School Accreditation & Licensing Details

Penn Foster has been accredited for over 50 years. Penn Foster Career School has been thoroughly reviewed and has earned several important accreditations, certifications, and licensing. Most importantly, Penn Foster Career School is both regionally and nationally accredited.

Short Lessons
Easy-to-Access Lessons
Each lesson is broken into short chapters that allow you to fit learning into whatever time you have available. Don’t have time to finish a lesson? Not a problem - pick up where you left off next time!
Digital Flashcards
Digital Flashcards
A fun and interactive way to test your knowledge before your exams. Find out what information you've mastered, and what material needs additional review.
Discussion Boards
Discussion Boards
With Penn Foster Career School, you are never alone! Our learning platform includes discussion boards so you can connect with instructors and other students in the Spanish program.

Sample Spanish Lesson

Penn Foster courses are written in a way that is easy to understand, and materials are broken down into manageable lessons. Take a look at what a Spanish course would look like.
Sample Spanish Lesson
Computer Specifications
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need access to high-speed internet to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 10® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running macOS® or later, and an email account to complete this program.
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