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World Language teachers

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Welcome to World Languages at PVHS!



Jason Becker

 Spanish 1, French 1, 2, 3, 4/AP/IB

Co-department chair

Lee-Anne Calhoon

Spanish 1, Spanish 2  

Marcelle Gregoire


Spanish 2, 4,/AP/IB

Co-department chair

Mauricio Jaime-Arellano

 Spanish 2, Spanish 3, ELD 1,2, 3

w/ student teacher Junior Reynoza

Michelle Martin

Spanish 1, 3, Japanese 4/AP/IB

Janet Topete-Tallerico

Spanish 1, Spanish 2


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In the PVHS World Languages Department, we offer additional help to students who may want or need it through Tutorials and Guided Review. These are regularly scheduled opportunities for students to get extra help outside of the school day.  Please check the orange calendar in classes for changes. Occasionally teachers have unavoidable schedule conflicts and meetings and will cancel or reschedule a session by posting a note in class.
WL Interventions

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At Pleasant Valley High School we offer French, Spanish and Japanese. 
Why study a language? 
Learning a new language is a unique and exciting experience. Language learning supports academic achievement and provides cognitive benefits in all subjects areas.  Most colleges and universities require a minimum of 2-3 years of world language experience for admission. 

Which level should you take?
Most students begin high school with level I when they enter high school. If you have significant previous experience with the language you wish to take, you may take a placement examination to enter at level II, III or IV, depending on your abilities and experience.

Which language should you study?
Success in a foreign language depends on your motivation and personal interest. All of the languages require homework and studying outside of class. In all of our language classes we study both language and culture to help students enjoy learning

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