Foreign Language Department

The Foreign Language Department at MRHS strives to prepare its students to succeed in a global society as responsible global citizens.  We are dedicated to providing high-quality language learning experiences for our students while meeting Massachusetts and National Standards of communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities.  Through this study, students will gain an appreciation for cultural diversity and the inspiration to become better world citizens. Our courses focus on interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational communication through literature, music, film, media, and the study of cultures related to the target language.

Learning in the Foreign Language Department centers on the standards established by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages:

Communication: Students will develop their speaking, reading, writing and listening skills while communicating effectively in the target language.

Cultures: Students will gain knowledge and understand important cultural aspects of countries and communities where the target language is spoken and develop respect and appreciation for diversity.

Connections: Students will connect with other disciplines and acquire information.

Comparisons: Students will develop insight into the nature of language and culture.

Communities: Students will participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world.

Students follow a sequential program in French, Latin, or Spanish from grade 9 through grade 12. We currently offer Advanced Placement classes in all of our language courses.  We strongly encourage students to commit themselves to a full program, studying one language, and to elect an additional language when scheduling allows.  

Beyond the classroom we offer additional opportunities for our students to engage in cultural exposure through our various clubs; French Club, Spanish Club, and International Club.  Each year we celebrate National Foreign Language Week and offer cultural activities that include an annual international food festival, an annual international film festival, guest speakers, field trips, and school-wide activities.

Currently, most colleges and universities require or highly recommend a multi-year, same language sequence of study for admission.  While the minimum requirement for admission to most state colleges is a continuous sequence of at least 2 years high school study of the same language, a student will greatly enhance his/her chances of admission to rigorous post-secondary institutions with a complete sequence of 4 years at the same language at the high school level.