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World Languages Department

World Languages Teachers

Castrejón, Diego (562) 951-7700 Teacher
Cervantes-Alvarado, Rosalinda (562) 951-7700 Teacher
Greenburg, Brad (562) 951-7700 Teacher
Laczko, Ethel (562) 951-7700 Teacher
Miles, Byron (562) 951-7700 Teacher
Ruiz-Lopez, Elvia (562) 951-7700 Teacher


In today's global economy, the ability to communicate is key, and as more companies and organizations expand internationally, the ability to communicate in another language has become a significant advantage. Research found that people who speak at least one foreign language have an average annual household income that's $10,000 higher than the household income of those who only speak English. Furthermore, 17 percent of those who speak at least one foreign language earn more than $100,000 a year. In a globalized world, communicating in languages aside from English is a necessity.   


With a Highly Qualified Teaching Staff, the World Language Department (WLD) at Cabrillo High School offers Spanish for Non-Native Speakers, Spanish for Native Speakers (SSS) and French courses.


Course eligibility:

A World Language Class requires a college-qualifying grade “C “ to advance.

Students not meeting the eligibility requirement will be asked to retake the course to improve their grade. All Spanish-speaking students will be placed in Spanish for Spanish Speakers (Data Driven Placement).


Guidelines for heritage language placement are as follow (SSS):

If a student is identified as a native Spanish speaker, he/she should be placed into Heritage/Spanish for Spanish Speakers or take French. Students who already speak Spanish must not take regular Spanish 1-2 through 3-4 classes as these classes are designed for non-natives whose needs differ from those of native speakers.

If a student is able to speak Spanish, even if he/she feels his/her Spanish is limited, but does not know how to read or write in Spanish, the proper placement is SSS 1-2.

If a student is able to write a simple paragraph and read at a minimum level, the proper placement is SSS 3-4.

If a student has been taught how to read and write at home and he/she is able to write a well-developed essay, the recommended placement in an AP class by teacher referral.


World Languages Seal of Biliteracy

In accordance with California Assembly Bill 815, the State of California now offers the State Seal of Biliteracy (SSB) to high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing in one or more languages in addition to English. This is a great opportunity for World Languages students to show their accomplishment on their high school diploma. Students must be proficient in English and pass an AP Language exam with a score of 3 or better -or- successfully complete a four-year course of study in the language -or- pass the SAT II Foreign Language exam with a score of 600 or better. The SSB will be awarded by the Superintendent of Public Instruction. For more information go to


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