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World Language

World Language Placement Test Information

For Incoming 9th Graders:  World Language Placement Tests Determine Correct Language Level (see details below)


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.

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 were 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:  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.

Aggoun, Imene (408) 366-7388 ex.3881 World Language Teacher / ELD
Aguilar, Liza (408) 366-7388 ex.4822 World Language Teacher / Department Lead
Canton, Kiki (408) 366-7388 ex.4853 World Language Teacher
Case, Sarah World Language Student Teacher
Fan, Stefanie (408) 366-7388 ex.4931 World Language Teacher
Jacob, Stacey (408) 366-7388 ex.4862 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
Li, Freya World Language Student Teacher
Nagai, Ruiko (408) 366-7388 ex.4877 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
Swan, Tony (408) 366-7388 ex.4876 World Language Teacher
Cupertino High School offers 4 World Languages:
Chinese, French, Japanese, Spanish from levels 1 to 5AP. 
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.