World Languages

  • Mandarin

    Vernon is a proud partner with the Confucius Institute at Portland State University and offers Mandarin to grades K-4. We believe that learning to communicate in a variety of ways is fundamental to our students’ development of intercultural understanding and is crucial to their identity affirmation.


    Launched in May 2007, and the first to be established in the Northwest U.S., the Confucius Institute at Portland State University (CIPSU) is a wonderful, authentic learning experience for our students here at Vernon. With the support of the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban 汉办) and Soochow University (苏州大学) in China, the goal of CIPSU is to promote a deeper understanding of Chinese language and culture in the greater Portland area and to foster mutually beneficial educational exchanges between the United States and China.


    Vernon’s K-4 students experience a non-degree Chinese language and culture course. This is taught by a participating teacher from China. Vernon's Mandarin teacher for 2020-21 is Ms. Xiwen Wu.


    Sample Mandarin Student’s grade report


    Student’s name:                                                                          Date:


    We are looking forward to know the students’ language skills in speaking, reading, listening and writing which are performed in our classroom with the 6 elements in below:

    1.Chinese Character Writing Worksheet----15%

    3.Review paper -----20%

    4.Post -----20%

    2.Report -----20%

    5.Participation -----25%

    6.Extra reward----bulletin works 5%

    The result of the students’ performance will focus on the three final 3 categories for world language and 4 specific language skills as below:

    ("Effort and Expectations."

    + = Consistently demonstrates

    V = Often demonstrates

    / = Sometimes demonstrates

    -- = Not yet -- Does not demonstrate

    NE = No Evidence, no work from student)


    1.Overall effort:

    2.Makes an effort to communicate:

    3.Participates in mandarin activities:







    Please join us in supporting Ms. Wu, PSU, and this amazing, authentic, cultural experience for our students.


    Mandarin Self-learning tools and websites

    Chinese self-learning K&topic=

    Chinese culture self-learning

    Chinese game made by Mandarin Teacher(Cuixia Wu)


  • Spanish


    Vernon offers Spanish to Grades 5-8, increasing both class time and rigor throughout the four year experience. Preparing our students for high school level language acquisition courses and authentic and meaningful use is a priority. The ability to communicate in more than one language is essential to the concept of an international education that promotes intercultural understanding, and is central to the IB’s and to Vernon’s mission.

    The study of Spanish in the MYP provides students with the opportunity to develop insights into the features, processes and craft of language and the concept of culture, and to realize that there are diverse ways of living, behaving and viewing the world. MYP students are assessed through 4 Language Acquisition criterion to help them develop their Spanish. Our Spanish teacher is Jeremy Da Rosa, who can be contacted at


    • Criterion A: Comprehending spoken and visual text. Students interpret and construct meaning from spoken and visual texts to understand how images presented with oral text interplay to convey ideas, values and attitudes.
    • Criterion B: Comprehending written and visual text. Students construct meaning and interpret written and visual text to understand how images presented with written text interplay to convey ideas, values and attitudes.
    • Criterion C: Communicating in response to spoken and/or written and/or visual text. Students develop their communication skills by interacting on a range of topics of personal, local and global interest and significance, and responding to spoken, written and visual text in the target language.
    • Criterion D: Using language in spoken and/or written form. Students recognize and use language suitable to the audience and purpose (for example, home, classroom, formal and informal, social, academic contexts). Students apply their understanding of linguistic and literary concepts to develop a variety of structures, strategies and techniques.