World Language Information for the Class of 2022

LANGUAGE CHOICE and READINESS ASSESSMENTS

Students who are interested in taking a new language (whether or not they studied any other language in middle school) can automatically sign up for Level 1 in the languages offered. This path will allow them to complete the full language sequence, including AP, by 12th grade.  

Students who would like to continue a language they studied in middle school MUST read the information below and make arrangements to take a Readiness Assessment before signing up for levels 2 or 3, depending on the language. All world language classes at TJ are taught at the honors level with STEM related extensions. It is very important that students sign up for the best fit by the spring course selection deadline because we will not be able to honor requests for changes once student schedules have been made. Since TJ students come from a wide variety of schools and programs, the Readiness Assessment will help students and teachers decide in which level the students will be most successful and happy.

Administration of the Readiness Assessment by Language

The readiness assessments vary by language so please read carefully the following instructions corresponding to your language of choice. You have to take these steps before signing up for level 2 or 3.   

Chinese

  • Rising freshmen with FCPS credit in Chinese 1 or in Chinese 1 & 2 are qualified to take Chinese 2 or Chinese 3 in sequence. NO need to take readiness assessments.

  • Rising freshmen are required to take a readiness assessment if they wish to enroll Chinese 2, 3 or AP by skipping one level. Report to Room 73 at TJ by 4:25 p.m. on April 24. Register using this Google Form by April 18.

  • Please contact Maggie Xu for detailed information on the readiness assessments. E-mail: QXu1@fcps.edu

French

  • All rising freshmen wishing to enroll in French 2 should take a self-assessment and determine, based on the results and guidelines, if the level is the right fit.  Visit this Google Drive for information.

  • Rising freshmen wishing to enroll in French 3 are required to come to TJ and take the Readiness Assessment face-to-face. Available dates are Monday, April 23 or Tuesday, April 24, at 4:30 p.m., in room 65. Register using this Google form by April 18.

  • Questions: Please contact Cynthia Van de Kamp. Email: cvandekampwa@fcps.edu.

German

  • Rising freshmen wishing to enroll in German 2 or 3 should come to TJ and take a Readiness Assessment on Friday, April 20, or Tuesday, April 24 at 4:30 p.m. Location: Room 72.

  • Please contact Szilvia Oszko to confirm your date, or if you have any questions. Email: soszko@fcps.edu

Japanese

  • Rising freshmen with FCPS language credits can proceed to their respective language courses.

  • Rising freshman with no FCPS language credits who wish to enroll in Level 2 or 3 are required to take the readiness assessment on Tuesday, April 24.

  • Please email Koji Otani to to confirm your date, or if you have any questions. Email: kotani@fcps.edu

Latin

  • Rising freshmen wishing to enroll in Latin 2 do NOT need to take a readiness assessment under normal circumstances. The beginning of Latin 2 will include a review of Latin 1 material.

  • Rising freshmen wishing to enroll in Latin 3 MUST come to TJ to take a readiness assessment on Thursday, April 19, or Monday, April 23, at 4:30 p.m. Location: Room 64. Register using this Google form by April 18.

  • Please email Christine Conklin if you have special concerns: clconklin@fcps.edu.

Russian

All rising freshmen wishing to enroll in Russian 2 or Russian 3 should contact Betsy Sandstrom by April 20 via email ecsandstrom@fcps.edu

Spanish

  • All rising freshmen wishing to enroll in Spanish 2 should take a self-assessment and determine, based on the results and guidelines, if the level is the right fit. Spanish 2 Self-Assessment.

  • Rising freshmen who have official credits for level 1 and 2 and or have outside experience in the language and wish to enroll in Spanish 3 must come to TJ to take a readiness assessment on Friday, April 20 at 4:30 p.m. Location: Room 67-68. Students need to bring a cell phone for recording.  Register using this Google form  by April 18.

  • Please contact Nannette Mateo if you have any questions. Email: NMateo@fcps.edu

 

All of the World Language teachers wish that you have a wonderful four years at TJHSST, studying languages throughout those years!

Questions?

If you have any general questions or concerns about World Languages at TJ, please contact the Division Manager, Szilvia Oszko (soszko@fcps.edu).