World Languages

As CHS students study world languages and cultures, they gain respect and appreciation for different countries and their people. Creative activities and lessons help students learn listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.


The Instructional Vision for the World Language Department at Crismon High School is to:

  • Develop a comprehensive World Language Program that is performance and proficiency-based designed to develop learners’ communication skills and intercultural competencies.
  • Based upon the Arizona World Language Standards and ACTFL Guidelines, we will establish a firm academic foundation from which to grow.


The curriculum is being crafted from a variety of sources, with communication at the forefront. Many of us learned languages in a textbook-driven grammar-focused traditional program. We knew how to conjugate verbs in various tenses, but we didn't know how to communicate. Communication should be and is the goal!

It is inspired by the work done over a decade ago by the Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, Kentucky, and Meadow Glen Middle School in Lexington, South Carolina. Several textbooks focusing on proficiency are also being used as points of reference in the creation of the units.

It is centered on the ACTFL Guidelines and Arizona State Standards.

It is focused on creating opportunities for students to use the language in a variety of contexts.

Much like language learning, it is a continuous work in progress.

Proficiency and Performance Guidelines

Arizona Standards

See the World and Native Languages Standards to see how Arizona uses the guidance of ACTFL to craft standards for our students.

Units of Study

Please see below for what units are covered in each level.

Level 1
Level 2
Level 3

World Languages Department Staff

Heather Yordy
Spanish Instructor & Department Chair
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Claudia Moreno
Spanish Instructor
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