Foreign Language Certificate (Concurrent)


These courses focus on comprehension, speaking, reading, writing, and grammar. Emphasis is on pronunciation, comprehension, and oral expression. Cultural insights are presented. Speaking and writing are intensified in the intermediate levels.

Guide to Placement

  • American Sign Language (ASL)
  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Guide to Placement

Placements tests are available in the Language Lab: B217/B218. Please Call 972-238-6909 for more information on placement testing. (Tests offered only for Spanish, French, German, and Korean.)

Foreign Language Certificate

International business, increasing immigration, and expanding tourism make language skills more valuable than ever before. Evidence of this 21st century global society is unmistakable in the Dallas area: numerous international companies headquarter in the metroplex, and international business and trade abound.

This certificate is applicable in a wide range of situations – travel, written and oral communication, cultural sensitivity in business situations, and marketable language skills for the workplace.

Length of Training

This 256-hour certificate enables students to perform at a basic proficiency level, incorporating accurate pronunciation, listening and speaking skills, reading, writing and translating skills. Coursework also explores culture and customs. Students can expect to complete the program in a minimum of four semesters by taking morning, afternoon or evening classes. Students must register and successfully complete at least three courses through Continuing Education at Richland to qualify for certificate.

Certificate Options

Spanish CertificateFrench Certificate
Spanish, Beginning (SPAN 1411 & 1412)French, Beginning (FREN 1411 & 1412)
Spanish, Intermediate (SPAN 2311 & 2312)French, Intermediate (FREN 2311 & 2312)
German CertificateJapanese Certificate
German, Beginning (GERM 1411 & 1412)Japanese, Beginning (JAPN 1411 & 1412)
German, Intermediate (GERM 2311 & 2312)Japanese, Intermediate (JAPN 2311 & 2312)
Italian, Beginning (ITAL 1411 & 1412) 
Italian, Intermediate (ITAL 2311 & 2312)  
*Course offerings vary by semester

Important Note About Concurrent Courses:

Students may be enrolled in identified credit programs on a non-credit enrollment basis. Concurrent enrollment students earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) rather than college credit for attending class and are expected to complete all required assignments and testing. Continuing Education seats are limited in concurrent classes.

More information:

For instructor, syllabus, book, or class pacing questions:
Please call Erin Boltrushek:
972-238-6323 or email:

For Continuing Education schedule questions:
Please call Nancy Soto
972.238.6010 or email:

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