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.
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
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.
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
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 Name||Current Name||Performance Target|
|Grade 7||Beginner 1 A||Novice Mid|
|Grade 8||Beginner 1 B||Novice High|
|Level 1||Beginner 1||Novice High|
|Level 2 CP & H||Beginner 2||Intermediate Low|
|Level 3 CP||Intermediate 1||Intermediate Low|
|Level 3 H||Intermediate 2||Intermediate Mid (weak)|
|Level 4||Intermediate 3||Intermediate Mid (strong)|
|Level 5/AP/DE||Advanced||Intermediate 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
|Department Director||Kim Talbot||(781) 462-3228|
|French (Course Syllabi)|
|German (Course Syllabi)||Michelle Stepper|
|Italian (Course Syllabi)|
|Latin (Course Syllabi)|
|Spanish (Course Syllabi)|
Scheduled Extra- Help Sessions/Teacher Office Hours 2019-2020
|M. Ray– 320|
|M. Haven – 324|
Mme. Wagstaff – 323
|Sr. Bondanza – 325|
|Fr. Stepper – 319|
|Sra. Dagger-Cain – 326|
|Sr. Malley -322|
|Sra. Pari – 327|
and by apptointment
|Sra. Pari – 327|
|Sra. Weider – 321|