World Languages - Grades 6-8 MVMMS

Philosophy

The World Language program in Melrose Public Schools is a proficiency-focused, performance-based program. The World Language program in the Melrose Public Schools is proud of both its inclusivity and diversity. We offer students the opportunity to study French, German, Latin, Italian, and Spanish at both the middle and high school level. Greater than 90% of our students complete 2 years of a language study at the middle school level, and all students complete the two year MassCore graduation requirement at the high school. Many of our students go on to double the MassCore requirement and study a global language for all four years in high school. We believe that allstudents are capable of learning a language and that biliteracy and biculturalism are the cornerstones of responsible global citizenship.

It is the goal of our program that, after meeting the MHS requirement, all of our students reach the Intermediate level of proficiency on the ACTFL proficiency scale in all four language skills (listening, reading, writing, and speaking) across all 3 modes of communication (interpretive, presentational, and interpersonal).

Opportunities for Language Beyond the Classroom

Exchange Program – France, Germany, Italy, and Spain

Melrose High School offers students of modern language the opportunity to participate in an exchange program during the academic year. The exchanges are coordinated by the world language teachers and are designed to benefit not only the students who participate, but all of the Melrose secondary community. Exchanges run every two years and students must be enrolled in the language in order to participate.

Global Language Honor Society

At the completion of their junior year, students enrolled in a world language have the opportunity to apply for membership in the MHS World Language Honor Society. Successful candidates meet the following criteria: 1. possess an overall GPA of 3.75; 2), be enrolled in at least Level 2 of a language; 3)meet ONE of the following cultural criteria  a)national Language Exam Participation, or b) active participation in a language club.

Seal of Biliteracy

Melrose is a proud supporter of the Seal of Biliteracy and the national efforts to celebrate biliteracy and biculturalism. 2017-2018 marks our third year and final year in the pilot as the LOOK Bill became law in November, 2017. W were among the 20% of districts in MA to officially award the State Seal of Biliteracy to seniors in 2019.

Course Offerings Description

Grade 6 exploratory languages – Students in grade 6 are exposed to the language and culture throughout one trimester. Classes meet 3 out of 7 days and are considered to be electives.

Grade 7 language – Students declare their language of choice (French, German, Italian, Latin, or Spanish) at the conclusion of grade 6 and focus on one language in grade 7. World Language classes are considered to be an academic course, and meet 3 out of 7 days throughout the entire academic year. The courses are punctuated with common assessments in speaking and writing as well as an integrated skills final exam.

Grade 8 language  – World Language study classes in grade 8 meet every day throughout the academic year. Students seamlessly continue their grade 7 language experience, and most students will advance to Beginner 2 at Melrose High School.

Challenge Latin – Challenge Latin course is offered to students in grade 8 who are ready to experience a high school level course. This course is taken in conjunction with the student’s modern language course. The course is taught on the MHS campus and meets 5 out of 7 days throughout the entire year. At the completion of this course students will have the opportunity to continue their Latin study in Latin 2 Beginner 2 at Melrose High School.

Course descriptions for each specific World Language course can be found in the MVMMS Program of Studies.

Course Offerings Description

As a result of the World Language Program Review, emerging nation-wide practices in second language acquisition philosophy and practices, and the desire to build confidence and skill for our students that will enable all students to reach the World Language Department goals, we are piloting a course sequence name change for the 2016-2017 Academic year as illustrated in the table below.

Former NameCurrent NamePerformance Target
Grade 7Beginner 1 ANovice Mid
Grade 8Beginner 1 BNovice High
Level 1Beginner 1Novice High
Level 2 CP & HBeginner 2Intermediate Low
Level 3 CPIntermediate 1Intermediate Low
Level 3 HIntermediate 2Intermediate Mid (weak)
Level 4Intermediate 3Intermediate Mid (strong)
Level 5/AP/DEAdvanced 

Staff Contact Information

Please consult the MVMMS Staff Directory for the complete list of MVMMS Global Language teachers and their contact information.  Additionally, the MVMMS Staff Communication page links to each teacher's communication plan.