World Languages - Grades 9-12 MHS


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 world language for all four years in high school. We believe that all students 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 including  a)national Language Exam Participation, or b)active participation in a language club.

Seal of Biliteracy

Seal of Biliteracy

Melrose participates in the The State Seal of Biliteracy - an award given to students who have attained a high level of proficiency in English and a foreign language beginning with the graduating class of 2019.  Melrose also partners with the Language Opportunity Coalition to offer supporting biliteracy awards. The chart below summarizes the awards and the criteria.

Pathway Award

Standardized Assessment Criteria for English and Partner Language

State Seal of Biliteracy With Distinction

Score of Advanced on the grade 10 ELA MCAS

Score of Advanced - Low in the lowest domain/mode of a proficiency test

State Seal of Biliteracy

Score of Proficient/Meets on the grade 10 ELA MCAS or Level 5 on ACCESS testing

Score of Intermediate-High  in the lowest domain/mode of a proficiency test

Language Opportunity Seal of Biliteracy

Score of Proficient/Meets on the grade 10 ELA MCAS or Level 4.5 on ACCESS testing

Score of Intermediate-Low  in the lowest domain/mode of a proficiency test

Global Education in Melrose (GEM)

The MHS Global Education in Melrose (GEM) Program is designed to foster students’ global awareness, to recognize the accomplishments of students who represent the school around the globe, and to provide graduates with the essential skills for participating in and contributing to an increasingly global society. Students in the middle school are introduced to GEM by participating in the GEM Summit in grade 6 and a trip to NYC in grade 8.

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/DEAdvancedIntermediate High/Advanced Low

All MHS language courses are considered academic classes and meet 6 out of 7 days in the rotating schedule. Eight common assessments, a common midyear, and common final exam are given throughout the year. All classes will be conducted primarily in the target language, and students are expected to communicate primarily in the target language. All students who pursue language into Year 4 and beyond are encouraged to take the SAT II content test in their language of study.

  • Year 1 Students in year 1 of study explore the basics of language and culture as they strive to communicate with others about themselves in narrative form showing Stage 1 proficiency levels as outlined in the Massachusetts Frameworks for Foreign Languages.
  • Year 2 Students in year 2 of study begin to manage the greater complexities of the language related to specific themes and structures. Students increase their proficiency in narrative writing and presentations as they move firmly into Stage 2 learners as outlined in the Massachusetts Frameworks for Foreign Languages.
  • Year 3 Students in year 3 begin to transition into Stage 3 learners as their understanding of culture and language becomes more sophisticated. This is reflected in the students’ movement from narrative to expository writing in the target language.
  • Year 4 Students in year 4 progress from expository writing toward argumentative writing as they move higher through Stage 3 proficiency skills as outlined in the Massachusetts Frameworks for Foreign Languages. Language and topics become increasingly complex in nature.
  • Year 5/AP/DE In these capstone courses, our goal is that students begin to make progress into Stage 4 proficiency as outlined in the Massachusetts Frameworks for Foreign Languages. Students who choose to challenge themselves with the rigor of experiencing an Advanced Placement curriculum will be expected to take the Advanced Placement Exam in the spring.

Course and Staff Contact Information

Please note: all staff can be reached by email: first initial last

TitleName(s)Contact Information
Department DirectorKim Talbot(781) 462-3228
French (Course Syllabi)

Jon Ray

Denise Wagstaff


German (Course Syllabi)Michelle Stepper 
Italian (Course Syllabi)

Anahí Pari-di-Monriva

Asha Weider


Latin (Course Syllabi)

Isaac Haven


Spanish (Course Syllabi)

Paul Bondanza

Nicsa Dagger-Cain

Steven Malley

Anahi Pari-di-Monriva




Scheduled Extra- Help Sessions/Teacher Office Hours 2019-2020





M. Ray– 320

Monday 2:45-3:15

Thursday 2:45-3:15

M. Haven – 324

Tuesday 2:45-3:15

Thursday 2:45-3:15

Mme. Wagstaff – 323


Monday:  2:45-3:15

Friday 7:40-8:10





 Sr. Bondanza – 325

Tuesday 2:45-3:15

Thursday 2:45-3:15


Fr. Stepper – 319

Monday 7:15-8:00

Wednesday 7:15-8:00

Sra. Dagger-Cain – 326

Monday 2:45-3:15

Friday 2:45-3:15





Sr. Malley -322

Tuesday 2:45-3:15

Thursday 2:45-3:15

Sra. Pari – 327

Tuesday 2:45-3:15

Thursday 2:45-3:15

and by apptointment

Sra. Pari – 327 

Tuesday 2:45-3:15

Thursday 2:45-3:15

Sra. Weider – 321

Monday 2:45-3:15

Thursday 2:45-3:15