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World Language

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 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.

Staff Directory

Branco, Jessica (408) 522-2488 ex.3805 World Language Teacher (Spanish)
DeRuiter, Cristina (408) 522-3858 World Language Teacher (Spanish)
Duus, Erik (408) 522-2488 ex.3816 World Language Teacher (Japanese)
Gonzalez, Israel (408) 522-2488 ex.3859 World Language Teacher (Spanish)
Li, Freya  (408) 522-2488 World Language Teacher (Chinese)
Musser, John (408) 522-2488 ex.3886 World Language Teacher (Spanish)
Rich, Janene (408) 522-2488 ex.3837 World Language Teacher (French)
Villa, Ms. (408) 522-2488 ex.3839 World Language Teacher (Spanish)


The 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)

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 Monday, April 2, 2018 at Fremont High School at 3:30 p.m. (computer based exam), with the exact location to be determined. For more information contact Marianne Hew at marianne_hew@fuhsd.org


French placement exams will take place Monday, April 2 at Fremont High School at 3:30 p.m. This test is for any incoming 9th grader and current FHS students. French students should report to Room 20 (upstairs in the Main Building).


For the Japanese placement exam contact teacher Erik Duus directly at erik_duus@fuhsd.org

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 they are 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 or Assistant Principal Jeff Rosado at jeff_rosado@fuhsd.org.

World Language Honors Societies


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.

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.

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.