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World Languages


Dr. Nicole Montellese, Interim Chairperson
(516) 792-4027  

The  Department of World Languages at Hewlett High School believes in a communicative approach to language learning.  Students are encouraged to speak, listen to, read, and write in the language daily to increase proficiency.  Student progress is monitored by teachers to help students succeed and reflect on daily progress.  In addition, students explore countries around the world as they discover new cultures along with the language.     

The Department offers courses in Chinese, French, Italian, Spanish, ASL, and English as a New Language.    

NYS Standards for World Language Education*  

Standard 1: Students will be able to use a language other than English for communication.
Standard 2: Students will develop cross-cultural skills and understandings.    *Note:  NYSED has adopted new standards for World Language Education.  Implementation will begin in grade 7 in August 2023.  For more information on the new standards, click here.      

Hewlett High School is a proud sponsor of the 

New York State Seal of Biliteracy.

The NYSSB recognizes high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in English and one or more world languages.  The intent of the NYSSB is to encourage the study of languages, to identify high school graduates with language and biliteracy skills for employers, to provide universities with additional information about applicants seeking admission and placement, to prepare students with twenty-first century skills, to recognize the value of language instruction, and to affirm the value of diversity in a multilingual society.  Successful candidates will earn three points in English and three points in each world language from a points matrix, which includes course grades, national and state exams, transcripts, and culminating projects.  The NYSSB takes the form of a Seal on the student's diploma and a medal worn at graduation.

Congratulations to our 2022 NYS Seal of Biliteracy Recipients!

       Chinese & Spanish:  Gabriela Pesantez

       Hebrew:  Hannah Gold & Ido Sapir  

       Italian:   Alessandro Bordone 

       Spanish:   Fernando Alvarado Sarceno, Jasper Kleinschuster, Benjamin Meringoff, and Abigail Soltanovich



Mandarin Chinese 2R 

Mandarin Chinese 3R

Mandarin Chinese 4H

AP Chinese Language & Culture


Italian 1R

Italian 2R

Italian 3R

Italian 4H


French 2R

French 3R

French 4H

French 5H

AP French Language & Culture


Spanish 1R

Spanish 2R

Spanish 3R

Spanish 4H

Spanish Language via Film

Spanish Pre-AP

College Spanish (SUPA)

AP Spanish Language & Culture


American Sign Language 1

American Sign Language 2

*For detailed descriptions of each course, visit the 2022-2023 Hewlett High School Course of Study Guide.

Multicultural Club 

Foreign Language Honor Society

* Junior & Senior Eligibility

* Overall GPA: 90

* GPA in a World Language: 92 

Congratulations to our National French Exam (Le Grand Concours) winners!

SILVER:  Rachel Chen

BRONZE:  Annaliese Baum & Alexandre Tourneux

Congratulations to our National Italian Exam winners!

GOLD:  Bianca Paez & Michael Pignatelli 

SILVER:   Isaias Valdez & Zoe Sylvester 

BRONZE: Christopher Beeg & Brianna Radoo 

Congratulations to our National Spanish Exam winners!

GOLD: Camilla Ángeles 

SILVER:  David Abelev & Ethan Abelev 

BRONZE:  Abdullah Ashrafi, Brian Chen, Mia Partesano and Alexandre Tourneux 

Congratulations to Anaclara Sava on achieving THIRD place in the LILT Poster contest! 

2022 Presentation to the Board of Education