Foreign Language

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Foreign Language Bubbles
Incoming 9th graders who wish to enroll in level 2 of a Foreign Language must first complete an online self-assessment. Students wishing to enroll in level 3 or above should contact department head Dawn Williams at [email protected].

This survey will help you determine your readiness for level 2. Click here to access the survey.

All foreign language classes require a notebook. Your teacher will advise you as to what type of notebook she requires. If this is a financial burden, please talk to her directly. Due to a generous grant from the Olympia Education Association we can help with this.

Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Wouldn't it be great if you could...Foreign Language Collage

  • make friends from around the world?
  • talk to online buddies in their own language?
  • help someone understand directions, get medical help or find something they're looking for?
  • better understand English grammar?
  • experience another culture without ever leaving home?
  • talk with other people your own age when you do travel?
  • do better academically in all your classes?
  • OHS Foreign Language classes can help you do all this and more!


The Olympia High School Foreign Language Department is committed to these Common Learning Outcomes for all students:



Learners are able to exchange ideas and information through intentional listening, speaking, signing, reading, writing or presenting.


Learners are able to make connections with other disciplines and to diverse perspectives and cultures.


Learners set goals and reflect on their progress and using languages for enjoyment, enrichment and advancement.


Learners will understand the practices and products in order to function in a diverse global society.


Learners can compare languages and cultures in order to become critical thinkers and responsible global citizens.



Start talking! Click here to practice basic vocabulary in many languages! You might find that studying Spanish, Japanese, German, French or Latin is a little different than studying other subjects. Check out the links below for tips on how to study a foreign language:

Online Study Tools:

Olympia High School Foreign Language Staff:

Anna Beraun

Spanish Teacher
[email protected]
(360) 596-7313

Kate Chan

Spanish Teacher
[email protected]
(360) 596-7246

Kim Crites

American Sign Language Teacher
[email protected]
(360) 464-462

Erica Kinsel

French Teacher
[email protected]
(360) 596-7339

Mary McNamera

Spanish Teacher

[email protected]
(360) 596-7301

Heather Murphy

Spanish Teacher
[email protected]
(360) 596-7331


Dawn Williams

German Teacher
[email protected]
(360) 596-7282