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Basic Second Language Proficiency Certificate

The Basic Second Language Proficiency Certificate allows students to reach a basic proficiency level in a second language and to gain understanding of the cultural context related to the people where this second language is spoken. The certificate prepares students from a variety of disciplines to work more effectively with others in their future workplaces — whether those workplaces are in business, higher education, government or non-profit agencies. The certificate can enhance the general education of any student.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how languages other than English are similar to and different from the English language.
  • Discuss the importance of speaking a language other than English to become a more engaged global citizen.
  • Discuss how basic language proficiency in a second language represents an asset to professional success.


Students must submit the following three requirements and submit them as a Canvas ePortfolio (the University of Wisconsin System's Digital Learning Environment (DLE) used by our students, instructors, and administrators* to support teaching and learning).

Requirement 1: Coursework

Complete first four semesters of a world language offered at UWSP including Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian or Spanish. At least one of these courses has to be taken at UWSP. The final class has to be with a minimum grade of B-. For languages not offered at UWSP (e.g., Hmong), an official ACTFL oral proficiency test score of beginning high may be substituted.

UWSP Course Sequences
Chinese: CHIN 101, 102, 200, 201
French: FREN 101, 102, 211, 212
German: GERM 101, 102, 211, 212
Japanese: JAPN 101, 102, 211, 212
Russian: RUSS 101, 102, 211, 215
Spanish:  SPAN 101, 102, 211, 212

Requirement 2: Cultural Literacy

Three artifacts that demonstrate the BSLPC learning objectives; each artifact should include a reflection (i.e., a summary of the work that you upload written in English) that describes how the artifact shows achievement of the relevant learning objective(s). Examples of artifacts include papers, essay exams, and audio/video projects created for a course, where cultural literacy is addressed.

Requirement 3: Final Essay

Submit an essay (in English or in the target language) that summarizes and reflects upon your second language learning experiences and the materials submitted to Canvas. Students should consider how they define the importance of speaking multiple languages and how their basic proficiency in a second language might prepare them to interact and contribute in the professional world and how it might help them to be a more engaged global citizen.

For more information about this certificate, please contact 

Karin Hyler, Administrative Specialist
School of Humanities and Global Studies
Collins Classroom Center 489
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