Understanding Success in Undergraduate Language Certificates: Success Rates and Their Implications

Part of Language Collaboratory series of online talks and conversations for language educators, co-sponsored by a number of Big 10 institutions.


Director, College of Liberal Arts Language Center

Associate Professor, Institute of Linguistics

University of Minnesota


Specialist, Technology Enhanced Language Learning

College of Liberal Arts Language Center

University of Minnesota

3:30 pm CDT, Monday, February 20

on Zoom


Description: In the US, many language departments have developed certificate programs, primarily as a recruiting strategy to increase enrollments. These programs are designed for students to demonstrate oral and written communication skills and broaden (inter)cultural knowledge necessary for cross-cultural interactions. While most programs provide students with the evidence of achieved language proficiency levels, these certifications are not always recognized by employers.

In this session, we explore the concept of language proficiency certification by outlining the shared components of certificate programs. Next, we will review success rates for program completion at the University of Minnesota. Moreover, we will discuss implications of the success rates in post-graduate career opportunities and share ideas for increasing success rates.

About the discussants: Amanda Dalola is Director of the Language Center and Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Minnesota. Her current research projects include the production, perception, and digital media renderings of sociophonetic variables and speech styles in French and Korean, the use of social media applications in the language learning classroom, and the use of translanguaging and open educational resources as open educational practices.

Adolfo Carrillo Cabello serves as the technology enhanced language learning specialist in the CLA Language Center at the University of Minnesota. He is also a webinar co-coordinator for IALLT and a member of CALICO executive board.

Delivery format: Zoom meeting

Contact: Jana Martin, Associate Director, Language Institute. Email Jana for access to a recording of the session.

If you need accommodations to participate in this event, contact Adolfo Carrillo Cabello at least three business days prior to the event.

Sponsors: University of Iowa, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Language Media Center; University of Michigan, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) Language Resource Center; University of Minnesota, College of Liberal Arts (CLA) Language Center; Michigan State University, Center for Language Teaching Advancement; University of Wisconsin-Madison, Language Institute