World Languages

Vista Murrieta World Language Department

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Mission

The World Language Department at Vista Murrieta High School is committed to developing students’ understanding and appreciation of world languages, literatures, and cultures.  The department promotes active engagement of using the target language throughout the course of study and encourages students to take ownership of their own language learning experience.  The department seeks to provide students with an understanding of globalization so that they are able to excel in a multicultural society.
 
Philosophy
 
The World Language Department of Vista Murrieta High School hopes to inspire in its students a life-long interest in and appreciation for foreign and domestic cultures.  We encourage students to become active participants in their education who accept the challenge and responsibility for their own learning and success during their school years and beyond.
 
Representing a vast area of the globe, the World Language Department offers courses in American Sign Language, French, German and Spanish.  Students learn to produce and comprehend their studied language and to compare it with their own native language.  In learning and using the language, students also gain insight into the culture and the various communities in which the language is used.  Through their course of studies, students have the opportunity to explore the ways of life, customs, practices and attitudes of the target communities.
 
The World Language Department provides positive learning environments, where students take chances and are not afraid to make mistakes while expressing themselves.  Resources such as books, movies, magazines and technology, combined with various interactive activities, make classes diverse and dynamic.  Both teachers and students actively engage in using the target language on a regular basis in order to provide an authentic learning environment.  Active participation is essential to student success and completion of independent work reinforces concepts and skills.
 
As a result of their world language studies, students are able to effectively communicate using the target language in many contexts.  Student progress is consistently monitored through various forms of assessment that include written assignments, speaking activities, reading opportunities, cooperative learning experiences, projects and presentations.  World language classes expand student's abilities to communicate socially and in formal settings.  In addition, it enhances the student's understanding of their own culture and other cultures and opens doors to travel and professional opportunities.
 

World Language Teachers
  

Teacher

Language

Email

VM Ext.

Chad Atwood

Spanish

catwood@murrieta.k12.ca.us

6611

Caroline Awbrey

Spanish

cawbrey@murrieta.k12.ca.us

6616

Armine Decker

French

adecker@murrieta.k12.ca.us

6507

Jose Dominguez

Spanish

jdominguez@murrieta.k12.ca.us

6614

Stephanie Estrada

Spanish

sestrada@murrieta.k12.ca.us

6620

Scott Kneeland

Spanish

skneeland@murrieta.k12.ca.us

6615

Shannon Warren

ASL

swarren@murrieta.k12.ca.us

6640

Jessica Cheslar

ASL

jcheslar@murrieta.k12.ca.us

6613

Steffi Ojeda

German

sojeda@murrieta.k12.ca.us

6612

Betty Romo

Spanish

bromo@murrieta.k12.ca.us

6619

Karianne Vaez

French

kvaez@murrieta.k12.ca.us

6618

Denise Peterson

Spanish

dpeterson@murrieta.k12.ca.us

6617

Walt Witczak

ASL

wwitczak@murrieta.k12.ca.us

6641

             
 
                                     
Last Modified on August 21, 2012