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Monday, September 19, 2016

Certificate of Advanced Proficiency in French Launches

The Department of French & Italian and the CLA Language Center are pleased to offer a new Certificate in Advanced French, similar to the Spanish Certificate.

This is a great option for students of French whose abilities extend beyond the intermediate level and who wish to have their advanced-level proficiency formally recognized. This program is open to all undergraduate University of Minnesota students, regardless of their major or college.

At the end of the program, students take the proficiency examinations of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), internationally recognized tests that are required by teacher certification boards in Minnesota and more than 20 other states. The ACTFL assessments follow the same proficiency guidelines as the US Government’s Interagency Language Roundtable (used by the US Department of State, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Department of Justice, the US Military, etc.), so they are also great preparation for applying to one of those organizations.

The department of French and Italian urges all majors and minors to consider completing the Certificate program concurrently. Students who do not have time for a major or minor can complete the certificate as a stand-alone program as well.

Through the PACE Project, there is grant funding available to cover the cost of the Reading, Listening, and Speaking tests taken during the 2016-2017 academic year. Some restrictions apply.

Please contact frenstds@umn.edu and visit z.umn.edu/frencert for more information.

The PACE Project is funded by a grant from The Language Flagship.

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