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World Language

The primary goal of the World Languages Department is to provide students the opportunity to develop proficiency in a language other than English. Students will develop communicative competence in the target language, both in spoken and written form. Classroom instruction is conducted primarily in the target language, with an emphasis on real world applications so students develop their ability to interact with speakers of the target language. Diverse learning styles are taken into consideration when developing class activities. Students will build their understanding of  the structure of the target language by drawing comparisons to their own languages, which in turn will enhance their awareness of their own language structure. Through their study of the language, students will learn the cultural heritage of other lands and become acquainted with customs and thoughts of other people.

Staff Directory

Aggoun, Imene (408) 366-7388 ex.3881 World Language Teacher/ELD
Aguilar, Liza (408) 366-7388 ex.4822 World Language Teacher/Department Lead
Boyle, Katie  (408) 366-7388 ex.4862 World Language Teacher 
Canton, Kiki (408) 366-7388 ex.4853 World Language Teacher
Fan, Stefanie (408) 366-7388 ex.4931 World Language Teacher
Jacob, Stacey (408) 366-7388 ex.4862 World Language Teacher
Lucatero, Laurie  (408) 366-7388 ex.4315 World Language Teacher
Jia, Paul (408) 366-7388 ex.4846 World Language Teacher
Jin, Ying (408) 366-7388 ex.3913 World Language Teacher
Keifer, Joy (408) 366-7388 ex.4898 World Language Teacher
Risic, Kris (408) 366-7388 ex.5888 World Language Teacher
Rochoux, Melissa (408) 366-7388 ex.4865 World Language Teacher
Schaetzke, Jessica (408) 366-7388 ex.4839 World Language Teacher/AVID

Courses

Chinese (Mandarin)

Jia, Paul (408) 366-738 ext. 4846 World Language Teacher
Jin, Ying (408) 366-7388 ext. 3913 World Language Teacher
  • Student has no previous experience = choose Chinese level 1 (4410)
  • Student has some previous experience = choose Chinese level 2 (4420)
  • Students are currently in the CLIP program = choose Chinese level 3 (4430) - a placement test will be given in middle school

Students who have taken a language at a middle school other than at Hyde Middle School or Lawson Middle school should have their teacher email the CHS World Language Department Chair at liza_aguilar@fuhsd.org with their placement recommendation.

French

Aggoun, Imene (408) 366-7388 ex.3881 World Language Teacher / ELD
Rochoux, Melissa (408) 366-7388 ex.4865 World Language Teacher

If a student has taken French for one year in middle school, they should choose French Level 1.

If a student has taken French for two years in middle school or has other experience, they should choose French Level 2.

Students who have taken a language at a middle school other than at Hyde Middle School or Lawson Middle school should have their teacher email the CHS World Language Department Chair at liza_aguilar@fuhsd.org with their placement recommendation.

Japanese

Fan, Stefanie (408) 366-7388 ex.4931 World Language Teacher
Nagai, Ruiko (408) 366-7388 ex.4877 World Language Teacher

If a student has taken Japanese for one year in middle school, they should choose Japanese Level 1.

If a student has taken Japanese for two years in middle school or has other experience, they should choose Japanese Level 2.

Students who have taken a language at a middle school other than at Hyde Middle School or Lawson Middle school should have their teacher email the CHS World Language Department Chair at liza_aguilar@fuhsd.org with their placement recommendation.

Spanish

Aguilar, Liza (408) 366-7388 ex.4822 World Language Teacher/Department Lead
Canton, Kiki (408) 366-7388 ex.4853 World Language Teacher
Jacob, Stacey (408) 366-7388 ex.4862 World Language Teacher
Keifer, Joy (408) 366-7388 ex.4898 World Language Teacher
Lucatero, Laurie (408) 366-7388 ex.4876 World Language Teacher
Risic, Kris (408) 366-7388 ex.5888 World Language Teacher
Schaetzke, Jessica (408) 366-7388 ex.4839 World Language Teacher/AVID
  • Student has taken Spanish for one year in middle school = choose Spanish level 1 (4310)
  • Student has taken Spanish for two years in middle school or have other experience = choose Spanish level 2 (4320)

Students who have taken a language at a middle school other than at Hyde Middle School or Lawson Middle school should have their teacher email the CHS World Language Department Chair at liza_aguilar@fuhsd.org with their placement recommendation.

High School Graduation & College Entrance Requirements

High School Graduation Requirements

There is a one-year requirement for graduation. World Language is one of the “selective electives”, along with Fine Arts and Applied Arts. A student must earn 10 credits in two of the three areas. If a student earns 10 credits from World Language they would still need 10 credits from Fine Arts or Applied Arts for graduation.

College Entrance Requirements

e. Language Other than English – 2 years required, 3 years recommended

Two years of the same language other than English. Courses should emphasize speaking and understanding, and include instruction in grammar, vocabulary, reading, composition and culture. Courses in languages other than English taken in the seventh and eighth grades may be used to fulfill part of this requirement if your high school accepts them as equivalent to its own courses (Quoted from the University of California).

Placement Test Information

For incoming 9th graders, World Language Placement Tests determine the correct and appropriate language level. No Placement Test is needed for Level 1 classes in all languages.
 

Japanese, Spanish and French 

Students who have taken classes somewhere other than a middle school such as lessons with a private tutor, attendance at a language school, or experience with the language in the home must register for the placement test using the form on our website. All of these students must have selected the language during the course selection process.
 

For Placement Test sign up, please contact the World Language Department Chair.

Chinese

Students with previous experience in Chinese who are not in the CLIP program at Miller were instructed to sign up for Chinese course number 4420 and come to CHS on 3/5/18 to take the placement exam. These students must register using the form on our website and sign up for Level 2, 4420.

Students with no previous experience in Chinese are to sign up for Level 1, 4410, and they WILL NOT take a placement test. Students in the CLIP program at Miller were instructed to register for 4430 and they will take the placement test in the CLIP program at Miller.

Currently in Language Class at Hyde/Lawson/McAuliffe

Students at our feeder middle schools, currently in the language at that school, WILL NOT take the placement test at CHS. Students taking a language at a middle school other than HMS or LMS should have their current middle school language teacher email Liza Aguilar, CHS World Language Department Chair, with their placement recommendation at liza_aguilar@fuhsd.org.