A change in the Ontario High School foreign language courses


Mariana Orozco-Berber & Erik Ortiz, Co-Editor in Chief & Editor

Earlier this semester, Madame Riviere–French teacher–transferred out of Ontario High School, where her former position has not been permanently filled.

Since Riviere’s departure to Los Osos High School, where she continues to teach French, her former courses, French I, II, and III have been taught by two temporary substitutes.

“We had one [substitute] for two weeks, then we had one [sub] for a month, and now we have the first one back,” says says Foreign Language Department head Mrs. Enriquez, “She’s the best qualified French [substitute] we could find,” she adds.

No one has been, nor will be, permanently hired for the position, as the French classes will no longer be offered starting next school year.

“It’s been a department decision, because the enrollment in French has been decreasing,” says Enriquez.

According to Enriquez, the department, which consists of all foreign language teachers, decided to exchange French for American Sign Language (ASL) in next year’s course list.

The decision was made after analyzing the ASL programs at other schools, such as Chaffey High School, in the Chaffey Joint Union High School District.

“There were no other languages, in this area that would take off as well,” says Enriquez.

Although ASL is expected to be a more successful course in terms of enrollment for OHS students, those students who are currently in a French course will have the option to either take one of the alternative courses (Spanish or ASL), or continue to take French.

The students will be taking a survey, which will offer them the chance to continue on to a French II or French III course if it is what they want to pursue.

No official arrangement have been made. Enriquez does not reveal who will teach the course or how the course will continue.
“We are figuring out those opportunities for them,” says Enriquez.

No official arrangement have been made for students who wish to continue taking French. The survey, however, will help determine how many students are expected to continue, which will allow for the department to make appropriate arrangements.