World Languages

Teachers

Welcome to World Languages at PVHS!

Teacher

Classes

Jason Becker

Department Co-chair

French 1, 2, 3, 4/AP/IB 

Lee-Anne Calhoon

*with student teacher 
Katie Brandt 

Spanish 1, Spanish 2  

Marcelle Gregoire

Department Co-chair

Spanish 1, 4, 5/AP/IB

Mauricio Jaime-Arellano

 Spanish 1, Spanish 2 

Michelle Martin

Spanish 3, Japanese 3, 4/AP/IB

Aurora Soto 

Spanish I 

Janet Topete-Tallerico

Spanish 1, Spanish 2

  



 

Support

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.
 
 
 
World Language Department Support and Intervention: Where can I get extra help?  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.  and on the door.  What’s Tutorial?  •	A group of students of all languages and levels •	A place to study for an upcoming test •	A chance to get individualized help •	An opportunity to make up an absent assessment •	Sometimes assigned and sometimes optional  What’s Guided Review? •	A focused group separated by language and level •	An opportunity to review and preview targeted material in private lesson format •	A chance to meet study buddies from other classes  Tutorial is always at lunch. Mondays in room Y111, Tuesdays and Thursdays in room Y109, Wednesdays in Y107. There is no Tutorial on Fridays.  Guided Review French Mondays in Y110, Spanish 1 Wednesdays Y108, Spanish 2 Thursday Y108, Spanish 3 Wednesdays Y112, Spanish 4/5 and Japanese by appointment.

 

World Languages FAQs

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