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World Language

Welcome to the World Language Department!

Bienvenue!   Welcome!   欢 迎 huan ying!   welcome sign language.png   ¡Bienvenidos!   

The World Language department at Edmonds-Woodway High School prepares students to thrive in a globally connected world, developing cultural understanding and proficiency in the skills of speaking, listening, reading, writing, and sign (ASL).  Students are empowered to have a growth mindset as they take risks using their target language in a safe, collaborative environment.  Language classes are challenging, engaging and interactive, as we facilitate authentic experiences that bring the target culture to life in the classroom. 

At Edmonds-Woodway we offer courses in Mandarin Chinese, French, Spanish, and American Sign Language.  As part of the International Baccalaureate program, students taking Chinese, French and Spanish have the option to prepare for IB assessments and earn college credit.  American Sign Language students may earn college and CTE credits.  We want students to be successful in their language learning at EW!  If students have prior experience in the language, our department teachers are happy to work with them to determine proper placement for their language class.  Learning a new language is a valuable skill that builds meaningful community connections and provides opportunities for professional and personal development.  We look forward to welcoming students to our learning community.

Learning a language helps students become global learners in an ever connected world.  Through language we connect to other cultures and peoples, helping students to learn empathy and compassion towards others. Learning another language broadens future opportunities for career, travel, and personal relationships. 

Language learning empowers students in all aspects of 21st century skills - collaboration, problem solving, and social responsibility.  Language is both a skill and a content area; students not only learn the mechanics of the language, but experience aspects of the cultures of those who speak it. Students make personal and academic connections across areas of study while reflecting on their own background and personal growth.

Department Teachers


Cherie Andersen



Kelly Armentrout



Brianne Bergin



Hong Chi (Christine)


Amy Emond

Lorenda Guzman


Angela Johansen

Roman Nawrocki


Bonnie Vijarro