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World Languages

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Languages

We are proud to offer six languages here at BTW:

  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese 
  • Russian 
  • Spanish

Levels Offered

Incoming freshmen may enroll in level one of any of the languages.  This will allow a student who chooses to stay in a language program all four years to reach the AP and/or IB level by their senior year.  Since scheduling conflicts sometimes exist, we ask students to identify their top two language choices when enrolling.  

Placement Tests

For students who have started their world language studies prior to entering BTW,  we administer placement exams to determine the appropriate level for enrollment.  Placement exams are administered in French, German, Russian and Spanish. Testing takes place at BTW in the spring and during the first week of school.  

Honors and Recognition

BTW students have the opportunity to see how their language skills rank at the state and national levels by taking exams and participating in language competitions in French, German, Russian, and Spanish.

More Travel

Our French and Spanish teachers have lead educational trips for students during the summer and spring break.  Recently students have traveled to London,  Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Rome, and Puerto Rico.

Exchange Programs

Currently we have teachers managing exchange programs with schools in Tulsa’s Sister Cities in Russia, Germany, China and Japan.   BTW teachers and students may spend 2-3 weeks during the school year or summer visiting these cities and representing Tulsa.   We also welcome international visitors to our school throughout the school year.  Some BTW students and their families participate in this cultural exchange by housing the visitors during their stay.

Contact Us

Cindy Leonard
leonacy@tulsaschools.org

Christina Mejia
mejiacr@tulsaschools.org

Jeffrey Mosburg
mosbuje@tulsaschools.org

Gwen Palace
palacgw@tulsaschools.org

Jan Polumbus
polumja@tulsaschools.org

Nancy Sheffield
sheffna@tulsaschools.org

Mariko Takahashi
takahma@tulsaschools.org

Lin Tao
taoli@tulsaschools.org

Cheryl Zerbe, Dept. Chair
zerbech@tulsaschools.org