World Language


Lorenzo Rubio
Department Chair

Yihua Chou
Chinese Teacher
Li Li
Chinese Teacher
Suzanne Hamidi
French Teacher

Joanna Kacprzynska
French Teacher

Ruth Miller
French Teacher
Tamar Mishigian
French Teacher
Lindsay Wyffels
French Teacher
Jennifer Buono
Italian & EL Teacher
Natalie DelPercio
Italian Teacher
Allison Aupperle
Spanish & EL Teacher
Jacquelin Camacho
Spanish Teacher

Catherine Disterheft
Spanish Teacher

Lisa Fraticola
Spanish Teacher
Elizabeth Knoch
Spanish Teacher
Beth Leidolf
Spanish Teacher
Eduvijes Martinez
Spanish Teacher
Denise McGowan
Spanish Teacher
Brenda Morales
Spanish Teacher
Joe O'Malley
Spanish Teacher
Kelley Rodriguez
Spanish Teacher &
Instructional Coach
Omar Vasquez
Spanish Teacher
Tania Candelaria
EL Secretary
Michele Carlson
Bilingual Social Studies Teacher
Kevin Forsythe
EL Teacher
Erendira Loza Navarro
Bilingual Parent Liaison
Rebecca Mladic-Morales
EL Teacher

World Language at York



If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.

‒Nelson Mandela

Believing that language and communication are at the heart of the human experience, the York World Language department provides the tools that students need to maximize their communicative and cultural capacity.   By responding to the learning needs of all students, we ensure that students can reach their highest level of linguistic potential.

All world language courses at York focus on developing proficiency within the three modes of communication.  The three modes are described by The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages as follows:

Presentational Mode- The Presentational Mode refers to the creation of oral and written messages in a manner that facilitates interpretation by members of the other culture where no direct opportunity for the active negotiation of meaning between members of the two cultures exists. Students present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.

Interpretive Mode- The Interpretive Mode focuses on the appropriate cultural interpretation of meanings that occur in written and spoken form where there is no recourse to the active negotiation of meaning with the writer or the speaker. Students are assessed both in on their reading and listening skills.  Students interact with texts of various types.  A text can be any kind of spoken, written or visual material, as well as films and music.

Interpersonal Mode- The Interpersonal Mode is characterized by the active negotiation of meaning among individuals. Participants observe and monitor one another to see how their meanings and intentions are being communicated. Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.

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World Language & EL news

  • Seal of Biliteracy Test will be offered Wednesday, September 25th at 7:30 am. Registration Form coming soon!
  • Congratulations to our teachers presenting at the ACTFL National Convention for Teachers of World Language: Mrs. Rodriguez, Mrs. McGowan, Ms. Aupperle, and Ms. Fraticola!
  • Check out the World Language Department Chair's Presentation for a quick explanation of our course offerings at York as well as answers to the question: Why take World Language?