Welcome to the World Language Department

  • 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 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. The goal of the World Language department is to implement a standards based curriculum that will meet or exceed State of California content standards. All courses listed meet the Foreign Language requirements for the University of California and the California State Universities, when the final course grade is a C or better (two years required, three years recommended for Cal State/UC entrance).

     

Courses Offered:

  • SPANISH 1P - GRADES 9-12. A-G Approved-10 CREDITS This course teaches fundamentals of Spanish, both oral and written. Grammar is studied in simple dialogues and narration. The vocabulary is controlled. Verbs are limited to present and progressive tenses.

    SPANISH 2P - GRADES 10-12. A-G Approved-10 CREDITS Prerequisite: “C” or better in Spanish 1P This course provides deeper insight into grammatical constructions and their application. The vocabulary is greatly enlarged. Spanish 2P emphasizes learning the preterits, the imperfect, and introduces the future, conditional, and the perfect tenses.

    SPANISH 3P - GRADES 10-12. A-G Approved-10 CREDITS Prerequisite: “C” or better in Spanish 2P 25 This course develops skill in speaking and comprehending Spanish. It enlarges vocabulary via more advanced composition and a wider reading program. Grammar study includes the subjunctive tenses. Reading selections in Spanish and Latin American history and culture are provided, and the course is conducted in Spanish.

    AP SPANISH LANGUAGE – GRADES 11-12. A-G Approved-10 CREDITS Prerequisite: Teacher Approval This course places emphasis upon the reinforcement and enrichment of the student’s Spanish vocabulary. This is done through listening-comprehension exercises, literary and cultural selections on tapes and records, teacher lectures, and student reports on literary and cultural subjects. Composition work is introduced to teach greater skill in written expression. The purpose of this course is to prepare students for the Advanced Placement Exam in Spanish.


Faculty

Ms. Lysandra Arfaoui

Phone: 626-396-5600 ext. 82157

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Ms. Lysandra Arfaoui

Ms. Arfaoui has been teaching Spanish at John Muir since 2018.  She began her teaching career in 2011.  She received her Bachelors in Social Science from CSU,Los Angeles.  Ms. Arfaoui enjoys traveling to different places around the world.  During her travels, she likes to try foods that are specifically unique in that place she travels. She also loves to read books.  Ms. Arfaoui grew up in Los Angeles and went to Garfield High School.  She had an opportunity to take courses in Spain with other teachers from around the world who teach Spanish.  Her favorite part about teaching at Muir is working with students who want to push themselves to do their best. The students here are kind and willing to help out a peer who is struggling.

Ms. Johanna Moore

Phone: 626-396-5600 ext. 82160

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Ms. Johanna Moore

Ms. Moore received her BA in Spanish from CSULA, and her M.Ed in Education / English Credential / Spanish Credential from Pepperdine University.  She is proud to be an establishing member and co-facilitator of Writes of Passage (an after school creative writing group that seeks to help students with self awareness, agency, and decision making skills).  She loves singing, sharing stories, and giraffes. What Ms. Moore loves about John Muir - She loves the history of the school, the familial vibe felt throughout the campus, and her colleagues. Most of all, Ms. Moore loves seeing her students recognize their own successes and accomplishments.  She is a Mustang through and through.

Ms. Mirian Meehan

Phone: 626-396-5600 ext. 82156

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Ms. Mirian Meehan

Ms. Meehan began teaching 18 years ago.  However, she's been teaching Spanish at Muir since 2013.  She earned her Single Subject Teaching Credential in Spanish, her Master's Degree of Arts in Teaching with Specialization in National Board Certified Teacher Leadership, her Professional Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with Bilingual Certification in Spanish, her Bachelor's Degree in Child Development, and her Associate's Degree of Arts. Ms. Meehan is a native Spanish speaker.  She loves Muir for many different reasons, but mostly because it is a happy and safe place for all students and staff.