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  • Leonardo Rivera

    Chairperson K-12

    World Language and ENL

    Tel: 516-434-3179


    Office: JFK HS Room 135

  • Welcome to the World Languages Department.

    If you love learning another language then you've come the right place! Here, you have FIVE languages to choose from: American Sign Language, French, Italian, Mandarin, and Spanish. In fact, our high school students may study more than one language. 

  • Highlights of our program include …

    • the study of Mandarin Chinese from grades 1 through 12
    • exploratory language classes in French, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish through Curriculum Enrichment Units for 5th graders
    • Advanced Placement and honor courses in Spanish, Italian and French
    • the study of American Sign Language in Kindergarten


    Curriculum Support GuidesThe following links have been prepared for students that are self-selecting to enroll in an Honors course for the 2016-2017 school year.  The files contain links to youtube videos and powerpoints that review important grammatical and vocabulary concepts. 
    Resources for Listening Comprehension:
    French - Click HERE and HERE
    Italian - Click HERE
    Spanish - Click HERE
  • Visit our POBJFK High School World Language Honor Society table at the lobby for some fun, treats, and a little lesson in one of our languages!

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  • Hey everyone! I'm excited to announce that our **hopefully** last virtual induction ceremony will be released on Thursday March 17, 2022 at 3PM. We hope that you enjoy it. Our honor society students and teacher-advisors worked hard behind the scenes to create this experience for you all.  

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  • Hi everyone!!

    Our 20-21 Virtual Induction Ceremony will go live today at 3PM. We hope that you enjoy it. 

    A BIG thank you to our honor society advisors, officers, BOE, administration, support staff for your help in making this event happen.

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  • Hey everyone - we have extended the deadline to submit your World Language honor society application to this Friday. Please make sure to submit both your application and inform your teacher to submit their recommendations no later than Friday Oct. 2nd. 

    Good luck!!

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  • Hey everyone!

    It's that time again - time to sign up for our World Language Honor Societies. If you are a junior or a senior, have taken two years of a world language, are currently enrolled in a world language class, and have a two year UNROUNDED, UNWEIGHTED average of 93.00, then you may qualify!

    We are only accepting applications via Google Forms. Please click HERE

    You will need TWO teacher recommendations. You can send them this link: or you ask them to scan this picture: 

    Our virtual induction ceremony will go live on Oct. 15!!

    Good luck everyone!!



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  • 1/17/20 Lunar New Year Celebration

    You are cordially invited to attend the CAAP's Lunar New Year celebration on 1/17/20 at 6PM. Please visit CAAP's website for more information and our page for our letter to the parents/guardians. 

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  • Congrats Honor Society Inductees!

    Your accomplishment, being inducted into the ASL, French, Italian and Spanish Honor Society, makes us all proud. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to your studies. I know that we can expect great things from all of you. 

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  • Thursday, Oct. 17 at 3PM: Please join us for our annual World Language Honor Society induction ceremony held at JFK High School's LGI. 

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