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World Language

Our Instructors

Jennifer Baldwin

Jennifer Baldwin
Spanish I

jennifer.baldwin
@simivalleyusd.org

Shanda Bonn

Shanda Bonn
French I, II, 3H, AP
Theatre Arts

shanda.bonn
@simivalleyusd.org

Lourdes Caal

Lourdes Caal
Department Chair

Spanish 3H, AP
lourdes.caal
@simivalleyusd.org

Liliana Cadena

Liliana Cadena
Spanish 2
Spanish for Native Speakers

liliana.cadena
@simivalleyusd.org

Elena Golt

Elena Golt
Department Chair

Spanish 1, 3H

elena.golt
@simivalleyusd.org

Dr. Charles Katz

Dr. Charles Katz
American Sign Language I, II

charles.katz
@simivalleyusd.org

Michael Pulsipher

Michael Pulsipher
Spanish I
Geometry
Girls Lacrosse Head Coach

michael.pulsipher
@simivalleyusd.org

Jan Tamoto

Jan Tamoto
Spanish II

janice.tamoto
@simivalleyusd.org

 

American Sign Language

American Sign Language 1

In ASL I, the goal is basic, everyday communication in American Sign Language and deaf cultural awareness. Students will develop beginning competencies in the grammatical features of ASL as well as the expressive and receptive communication skills needed to handle basic, everyday exchanges of information. This will include a shift from speaking and hearing a language to signing and watching. Satisfies UC/CSU entry requirements.

Primary Graduation Requirement: Fine Arts/Language
Can meet alternate graduation requirement if primary is already fulfilled: Electives
UC A-G Approved: E, G

Course Length: Yearlong
Course Credit: 10
Grade Level(s): 9 - 12

 


 

American Sign Language 2

In ASL II, students will build upon their prior skills from level one in communicating in American Sign Language and expand their knowledge of the deaf culture. Course includes sign vocabulary, finger spelling and numbers. Students will also participate in expressive and receptive signing activities and learn about the history of American Sign Language. Satisfies UC/CSU entry requirements.


SUGGESTED PREPARATION: Completion of ASL I with a grade of C or better.
Primary Graduation Requirement: Fine Arts/Language
Can meet alternate graduation requirement if primary is already fulfilled: Electives
UC A-G Approved: E, G
Course Length: Yearlong
Course Credit: 10
Grade Level(s): 9 - 12

French

French 1
In all Level I classes, the goal is basic, everyday communication and cultural awareness. Students will develop a solid foundation of vocabulary and language structure in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Satisfies UC/CSU entry requirements.


Primary Graduation Requirement: Fine Arts/Language
Can meet alternate graduation requirement if primary is already fulfilled: Electives
UC A-G Approved: E, G
Course Length: Yearlong
Course Credit: 10
Grade Level(s): 9 - 12

 


 

French 2
All second-year language classes begin with a review and exposure of first-year material. Throughout the second year students will develop and expand their foundation of vocabulary language structures and cultural awareness. Through listening and reading activities, students will acquire a greater understanding of the language. Additionally, through speaking and writing activities students will be able to communicate more naturally in the target language. Students expand upon the course content from Level I. Completion with a C or better of a Level II Foreign Language course meets the entrance requirements for the CSU system and is the minimum expectation for acceptance to the UC system and most private colleges and universities. Satisfies UC/CSU entry requirements.


SUGGESTED PREPARATION: Grade of C or better in Level I course.


Primary Graduation Requirement: Fine Arts/Language
Can meet alternate graduation requirement if primary is already fulfilled: Electives
UC A-G Approved: E, G
Course Length: Yearlong
Course Credit: 10
Grade Level(s): 9 - 12

 


 

French 3 Honors
The program is a developmental study in all phases of second language acquisition. It contains within it repetition and recurrence of previous learning, blended with new materials. As the program progresses, an emphasis upon sounds is lessened in favor of increased attention to speaking and writing the language. This honor student must show evidence of study habits mastered in order to be able to successfully handle an enriched academic area of study. This course is designed to extend the learning of the first two years and to prepare the student for an AP language. Satisfies UC/CSU entry requirements.


SUGGESTED PREPARATION: Successful completion of Levels I and II. Level II must be completed with a 'B' AND the recommendation of the prior year's teacher.


Primary Graduation Requirement: Fine Arts/Language
Can meet alternate graduation requirement if primary is already fulfilled: Electives
UC A-G Approved: E, G
Course Length: Yearlong
Course Credit: 10
Grade Level(s): 10 - 12

 


 

AP French Language and Culture
The program is a developmental study in all phases of second language acquisition. It contains within it repetition and recurrence of previous learning, blended with new materials. As the program progresses, an emphasis upon sounds are lessened in favor of increased attention to speaking, reading and writing the language. The course is designed to extend the learning of the first three years and prepare the student for the AP exam. Satisfies UC/CSU entry requirements.


SUGGESTED PREPARATION: Successful completion of Level III with an 'A', or Level III Honors with a 'B', and must have an overall grade point average of 3.0 or better, or teacher recommendation based upon prior academic performance and/or demonstration of skill proficiency such as, but not limited to, an AP readiness test. Students who sign up for AP classes after the registration period will be accommodated on a space available basis.


Primary Graduation Requirement: Fine Arts/Language
Can meet alternate graduation requirement if primary is already fulfilled: Electives
UC A-G Approved: E, G
Course Length: Yearlong
Course Credit: 10
Grade Level(s): 10 - 12

Spanish

Spanish 1
In all Level I classes, the goal is basic, everyday communication and cultural awareness. Students will develop a solid foundation of vocabulary and language structure in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Satisfies UC/CSU entry requirements.


Primary Graduation Requirement: Fine Arts/Language
Can meet alternate graduation requirement if primary is already fulfilled: Electives
UC A-G Approved: E, G
Course Length: Yearlong
Course Credit: 10
Grade Level(s): 9 - 12

 


 

Spanish 2
All second-year language classes begin with a review and exposure of first-year material. Throughout the second year students will develop and expand their foundation of vocabulary language structures and cultural awareness. Through listening and reading activities, students will acquire a greater understanding of the language. Additionally, through speaking and writing activities students will be able to communicate more naturally in the target language. Students expand upon the course content from Level I. Completion with a C or better of a Level II Foreign Language course meets the entrance requirements for the CSU system and is the minimum expectation for acceptance to the UC system and most private colleges and universities. Satisfies UC/CSU entry requirements.


SUGGESTED PREPARATION: Grade of C or better in Level I course.


Primary Graduation Requirement: Fine Arts/Language
Can meet alternate graduation requirement(s) below if primary is already fulfilled.
Electives
UC A-G Approved: E, G
Course Length: Yearlong
Course Credit: 10
Grade Level(s): 9 - 12

 


 

Spanish 2 for Native Speakers
This is a college preparatory literature-based second year course for Spanish-speaking students. Emphasis is placed on the formal development of the four basic language skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. It includes study and skill development in literature, language usage, vocabulary, writing, and reading skills, with a particular focus on written expression. Reading and Writing Minimum Proficiencies will be supported. Satisfies UC/CSU entry requirements.


SUGGESTED PREPARATION: Student should be a Spanish speaker; be able to speak and understand the spoken language.


Primary Graduation Requirement: Fine Arts/Language
Can meet alternate graduation requirement if primary is already fulfilled: Electives
UC A-G Approved: E, G
Course Length: Yearlong
Course Credit: 10
Grade Level(s): 9 - 12

 


 

Spanish 3 Honors
The program is a developmental study in all phases of second language acquisition. It contains within it repetition and recurrence of previous learning, blended with new materials. As the program progresses, an emphasis upon sounds is lessened in favor of increased attention to speaking and writing the language. This honor student must show evidence of study habits mastered in order to be able to successfully handle an enriched academic area of study. This course is designed to extend the learning of the first two years and to prepare the student for an AP language. Satisfies UC/CSU entry requirements.


SUGGESTED PREPARATION: Successful completion of Levels I and II. Level II must be completed with a 'B' AND the recommendation of the prior year's teacher.


Primary Graduation Requirement: Fine Arts/Language
Can meet alternate graduation requirement(s) below if primary is already fulfilled.
Electives
UC A-G Approved: E, G
Course Length: Yearlong
Course Credit: 10
Grade Level(s): 10 - 12

 


 

AP Spanish Language and Culture
The program is a developmental study in all phases of second language acquisition. It contains within it repetition and recurrence of previous learning, blended with new materials. As the program progresses, an emphasis upon sounds are lessened in favor of increased attention to speaking, reading and writing the language. The course is designed to extend the learning of the first three years and prepare the student for the AP exam. Satisfies UC/CSU entry requirements.


SUGGESTED PREPARATION: Successful completion of Level III with an 'A', or Level III Honors with a 'B', and must have an overall grade point average of 3.0 or better, or teacher recommendation based upon prior academic performance and/or demonstration of skill proficiency such as, but not limited to, an AP readiness test. Students who sign up for AP classes after the registration period will be accommodated on a space available basis.


Primary Graduation Requirement: Fine Arts/Language
Can meet alternate graduation requirement if primary is already fulfilled: Electives
UC A-G Approved: E, G
Course Length: Yearlong
Course Credit: 10
Grade Level(s): 10 - 12