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World Languages Faculty

Branco, Jessica
World Language Teacher (Spanish)
DeRuiter, Cristina
Spanish Teacher
Duus, Erik
World Language Teacher (Japanese)
Gonzalez, Israel
World Language Teacher (Spanish)
Liu, Zoey (Zheyi)
World Language Teacher (Chinese)
Musser, John
World Language Teacher (Spanish)
Rich, Janene
World Language Teacher
Villa, Ms.
World Language Teacher

Mango Languages

With a free Sunnyvale Library card, students have access to Mango Languages, a self-paced program for learning languages.  Students need their library card number to sign in, and they can create a profile to track their progress.  Students may obtain a Sunnyvale Library card by visiting the Sunnyvale library, registering online, or seeing the "Lunchtime Librarian" Ms. JoAnn Rees when she visits Fremont High School.

World Languages Department

Languages Around the World


Familiarity with a language other than English is imperative in today’s global and multicultural society. As a result, Fremont High School is pleased to offer our students the opportunity to study Chinese, French, Japanese and Spanish language in our World Languages Department.


The mission of the Department of World Languages is to promote academic excellence by providing FHS students with the opportunity to learn to communicate effectively in writing as well as orally in a language other than English.  Additionally, the department fosters human understanding by exposing students to diverse cultures and by urging them to undertake cultural experiences that enhance their vision as global citizens.

Why Should You Know Another Language?


World Languages at Fremont


World Language Placement Tests

If a student is enrolling in a World Language course for the first time at FHS and speaks the language at home, he or she will need to take a placement exam to ensure that he or she is enrolled in the correct level of that World Language program.  The locations of the placement test are explained below. 


The Spanish Placement Test will take place on the following dates:

  • Thursday, March 22, 2018 at Sunnyvale Middle School at 8:30 am:
    • this test will be ONLY for current Sunnyvale Middle School students
    • students will receive a pass from SMS explaining when and where to report for testing
  • Friday, March 30, 2018 at Columbia Middle School during at 8:30 am:
    • this test will be ONLY for current Columbia Middle School students
    • students will receive a pass from CMS explaining when and where to report for testing
  • Monday, April 2, 2018 at Fremont High School at 3:30pm:
    • this test is for any incoming 9th grader and current FHS student
    • students should report to FHS room 24 for testing (located upstairs in the main building)

Chinese placement exams will be arranged through the FUHSD district office and will take place on the following date.  For more information contact Marianne Hew at


  • Monday, April 2, 2018 at Fremont High School at 3:30pm (computer based exam).  Location to be determined.


French placement exams will take place:

  • Monday, April 2, 2018 at Fremont High School at 3:30pm
    • this test is for any incoming 9th grader and current FHS student
    • French students should report to room 20 (located upstairs in the main building)

For the Japanese placement exam contact the teacher directly at


NOTE! A student does NOT need to take a Placement test if…

  1. he / she is enrolling in Level 1 (e.g., Spanish 1) AND does not speak the language at home
  2. he / she has taken the equivalent of Level 1 at his / her current school (Cupertino Middle School, or a FUHSD high school) and has the teacher’s recommendation to enroll in Level 2.  Those students may enroll in Level 2 (e.g., Spanish 2).  Students arriving from other schools will need to take the placement exam to ensure that he / she is enrolled at the appropriate level.
  3. he / she is currently taking the requested World Language course at FHS (e.g., the student is currently in Spanish 1 at FHS and is requesting Spanish 2).

For more information, please contact the Guidance Department of FHS or Assistant Principal Jeff Rosado at

Course Offerings

FHS World Languages Department offers the following courses:

Spanish 1, Spanish 2, Spanish 3, Spanish 4 Honors, AP Spanish (Language and Culture)

French 1, French  2, French 3, French 4 Honors, AP French (Language and Culture)

Japanese 1, Japanese 2, Japanese 3, Japanese 4, AP Japanese (Language and Culture)

Chinese 1, Chinese 2, Chinese 3, Chinese 4, AP Chinese (Language and Culture)


*Please note that the College Board Advanced Placement® Program for Languages Other than English has gone through extensive changes over the past few years.  College Board no longer offers AP® courses for both Language and Literature for most languages.  What were previously two separate courses are now combined into one course -titled  AP Language and Culture.  Please see faculty, guidance or the College Board website for more details.

Expected Student Learning Outcomes by Language Course

Click on the following links to view the expected learning outcomes for each language course by year.

(Pardon our dust, while we continue to renovate this page.  These documents will be updated and added as they become available.)


Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 2 for Spanish Speakers

Spanish 3 (versión en español)

Spanish 3 (English version)

Spanish 3 for Spanish Speakers

Spanish 4 Honors

Spanish AP


French 1

French 2

French 3

French 4 Honors

French AP


Japanese 1

Japanese 2

Japanese 3

Japanese 4 Honors

Japanese AP


Chinese 1

Chinese 2

Chinese 3

Chinese 4 Honors

Chinese AP



Photo of WL Faculty

Dept. photo coming soon...

World Languages Department Grading Scale

The Department of World Languages at Fremont High School has adopted a grading scale that ensures high achievement and performance for all students.  


A =  90%-100%

B =  80%-89%

C =  75%-79%

D =  70%-74%

F =  below 70%

French Honor Society Annual Crepe Festival

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French Club and Honor Society

The French Honors Society meets every Wednesday at lunch.  Students plan cultural events for the French Club such as a Mardi Gras Mask-Making Party, a Crepe Party and a French Cinema Night.  They also offer FREE tutoring service for other French students during FLEX and Friday Morning Office Hours.  All students are welcome to join the festivities at the French Club events.  To be a member of the French Honors Society, students must be enrolled in a French class and meet the club requirements.  See the Club page for more information.

Société Honoraire de Français


Japanese Club

The Japanese Club meets every Wednesday to discuss cultural happenings in Japan.  They also plan fun activities, such as making Mochi for Tastes of the World Day.

Japanese Club Photo and link coming soon!

Spanish Honors Society - Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica (SHH)

Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica (SHH) -  Spanish Honors Society

The SHH is an honor society for high school students enrolled in Spanish language, sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.  


The SHH was formally organized as the Spanish National Honor Society in 1953. The name was changed to Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica in 1959. At present there are over 2,500 national and international chapters of the SHH.

The mission of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica is to recognize high school achievement in Spanish and Portuguese and to promote interest in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian studies.


Any secondary school student who has maintained an honor average in the study of Spanish or Portuguese for a minimum of three semesters and is in the 10th grade or higher is eligible to be a member of the SHH. 


See Sr. Musser in room 23 for more information.