York Community High School

World Languages Department

Registration for January AAPPL Now Open!

January Sign-Up Form


AAPPL Test will take place in the World Language Classrooms on Wednesday, January 23rd at 7:30. Please bring your charged Chromebook and headphones (preferrably with a microphone built-in)

Congratulations to our Seal and Commendation recipients from the Class of 2018!

Congratulations to our Seal and Commendation recipients from the Class of 2017!

World Language study at York

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.

‒Nelson Mandela

Believing that language and communication are at the heart of the human experience, the York World Language department provides the tools that students need to maximize their communicative and cultural capacity.   By responding to the learning needs of all students, we ensure that students can reach their highest level of linguistic potential.

All world language courses at York focus on developing proficiency within the three modes of communication.  The three modes are described by The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages as follows:

Presentational Mode- The Presentational Mode refers to the creation of oral and written messages in a manner that facilitates interpretation by members of the other culture where no direct opportunity for the active negotiation of meaning between members of the two cultures exists. Students present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.

Interpretive Mode- The Interpretive Mode focuses on the appropriate cultural interpretation of meanings that occur in written and spoken form where there is no recourse to the active negotiation of meaning with the writer or the speaker. Students are assessed both in on their reading and listening skills.  Students interact with texts of various types.  A text can be any kind of spoken, written or visual material, as well as films and music.

Interpersonal Mode- The Interpersonal Mode is characterized by the active negotiation of meaning among individuals. Participants observe and monitor one another to see how their meanings and intentions are being communicated. Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.


Salsa lessons in Spanish 3!

Salsa lessons in Spanish 3!

Having a great time in our World Language classes this week!

What do my AAPPL or STAMP scores mean?

Click on the links below to learn more about interpreting proficiency ratings for the AAPPL and STAMP tests.


Interpretive listening and reading scores

Presentational writing scores

Interpersonal listening/speaking scores

York Students Earn State Seal of Biliteracy!

York Students Earn State Seal of Biliteracy!
Ten York High School​ students ​have ​earned the Seal​ of Biliteracy​! 
The seven students pictured above are Samuele Bode, Thomas Stotzer, Madison Walenga, Ariana Solis, Kayla Cartwright, Andrea Zurlo and Erica Hackett.  Kirsten Mojziszek, Armand Diaz and Sofia Sanchez earned the Seal of Biliteracy as well.  

To be awarded this distinction, they had to meet standards in English on the Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE), as well as demonstrating​ that they had developed a proficiency level of Intermediate High or Advanced in all four domains in the target language (interpersonal speaking, presentational writing, interpretive listening and reading).

Students demonstrated proficiency on the A​CTFL's Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (​AAPPL​)​ exam. They paid to take the test themselves and gave up their free time to do so, without knowing for sure that ​York​ would be able to award the Seal​,​ given the state's tight timeline. We would like to thank them all for their willingness to take the chance​ and put forth the effort to earn this award!
The Seal is affixed to students' high school diplomas and explicitly listed on their transcripts.  It is the first distinction in Illinois to be awarded in such a prominent way.
In addition to the eight students who earned the Seal, 20 students earned the State Commendation Toward Biliteracy. To do this, they had to meet standards in English on the PSAE and score Intermediate Low or above in all four domains on the AAPPL test.
​Next year, we plan to offer the AAPPL in the fall and spring to maximize students' opportunities to earn the Seal​ of Biliteracy​.  Thank you to all who participated in this pilot and congratulations again to our Seal and Commendation recipients!


Aupperle, Allison
Spanish Teacher aaupperle@elmhurst205.org
Buono, Jennifer
Camacho, Jacquelin
Chou, Yi Hua Marie
Chinese Teacher/Chinese Club mchou@elmhurst205.org
DelPercio, Natalie
Italian Teacher ndelpercio@elmhurst205.org
Disterheft, Catherine
Spanish Teacher cdisterheft@elmhurst205.org
Dominguez, Alberto
Spanish Teacher adominguez@elmhurst205.org
Forsythe, Kevin
ELL Resource Teacher kforsythe@elmhurst205.org
Fraticola, Lisa
Spanish Teacher
Hamidi, Suzanne
French Teacher / French Club shamidi@elmhurst205.org
Kaniyaly, Veena
Science/ELL Science Teacher vkaniyaly@elmhurst205.org
Leidolf, Beth
Spanish Teacher bleidolf@elmhurst205.org
Li, Li
World Language Teacher lli@elmhurst205.org
Manfredini-Verrilli, Loredana
Italian Teacher lverrill@elmhurst205.org
Martinez, Eduvijes
Spanish Teacher emartinez@elmhurst205.org
McGowan, Denise
Spanish Teacher
Miller, Ruth
French Teacher
Morales, Brenda
O'Malley, Joseph
Spanish Teacher jomalley@elmhurst205.org
Oliveros, Diane
Bilingual Counselor/ELL Coordinator doliveros@elmhurst.org
Rodriguez, Kelley
Spanish Teacher, Spanish Club co-sponsor
Rubio, Lorenzo
ELL Teacher/Chicano Bowl/Hispanos Unidos lrubio@elmhurst205.org
Szymonik, Stephanie
Science Teacher/ELL Science sszymonik@elmhurst205.org
Vazquez, Amy
Wyffels, Lindsay
French Teacher lwyffels@elmhurst205.org