World Language

Bienvenidos ~ Benvenuto ~ Bienvenue ~ 歡迎

Welcome to the Ramapo Indian Hills High School World Languages Department.  The RIH District currently offers courses of study in Chinese, French, Italian, and Spanish at a variety of academic levels.  We pride ourselves on offering a program that focuses on interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational modes of communication while engaging our students in 21st century skills.  Our teachers utilize best practices in their content areas and create Integrated Performance Assessments.  We are encouraging our students to explore the language, the culture, and become global thinkers; by making cultural connections and comparisons, we become sensitive to diversity and learn more about ourselves as individuals and citizens in an ever-changing world.

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.

‒Nelson Mandela

Subject Supervisor
Erika McGavin, ext 3353

Seal of Biliteracy

The Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School District is participating in the New Jersey Department of Education’s Seal of Biliteracy Program, which recognizes high school students who have attained a level of proficiency in both English and another language. Students are recognized for this accomplishment with a State Seal of Biliteracy Certificate and a seal placed on the student’s transcript. This can be used to showcase a student’s dedication and commitment to attaining a bilingual (or multilingual) achievement.

Eleventh grade students who are currently enrolled in a Level 4H or AP are invited to participate in proficiency testing (STAMP Language Test) in Chinese, French, Italian, or Spanish.  


Students who are interested in taking the STAMP test can sign up using their school email address / Google account by May 10, 2019.

Information Letter

Student Presentation

For additional information or to arrange for a proficiency test in a language other than Chinese, French, Italian or Spanish, please contact Mrs. Erika McGavin.

WLNHS Chinese



WLNHS . Spanish

WL1                             WL2 


Wenjie Liu Voicemail extension: 6014


Pierre Barreau Voicemail extension: 5008

Stephen Tallis Voicemail extension: 5153
Natalie Deming Voicemail extension: 6043

Elisa Britnell Voicemail extension: 5015

Graziella Lazzara Voicemail extension: 6183


Priscilla Cintrón-Bashian Voicemail extension: 6111

Erika McGavin Voicemail extension: 3353

Cherie McLaughlin Voicemail extension: 6059

Eva Velez Voicemail extension: 6249
Stephen Tallis Voicemail extension: 5153

Reina Viruet Voicemail extension: 5154

Patricia Wehran Voicemail extension:  6093

Clubs & Activities

French Club - Advisor: Pierre Barreau

Italian Club - Advisor: Graziella Lazzara

Spanish Club - Advisor: Cherie McLaughlin


World Languages National Honor Society

Advisor:  Cherie McLaughlin

Class of 2019 WLNHS Officers

Savannah Aboyoun

Caitlin Ficarra

Judilis Fernandez

Catherine Leshner

Emma Moorman



The purpose of the World Language National Honor Society is to recognize high achievement in the study of a foreign language.  It is for those who have shown and proven a deep interest while studying a foreign language. Indian Hills High School is proud to offer four National Honor Societies for our students:

  • Chinese Honor Society:  中文荣誉学会, Indian Hills Chapter
  • French Honor Society:  Société Honoraire de Français, Charter #3542
  • Italian Honor Society:  Società Onoraria Italica, Dante Alghieri
  • Spanish Honor Society:  Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, Capítulo Antonio Maceo


The induction ceremony is held in the fall of the senior year.  Qualifications for membership induction are as follows:



In order to qualify for induction,

  • the student must be a senior.
  • the senior must have completed three consecutive years of the same language at the high school level.
  • the senior must have earned a final grade of B+ or better in all Honors level language courses (A- in all CPE courses).
  • although it is preferred, it is not necessary for the senior to be enrolled in the 4th year of the language, provided that s/he has successfully taken at least 1 honors course; receiving a B+ or better in all H courses, and an A- or better in all CPE courses.


In order to qualify for induction,

  • the student must be a senior.
  • the senior must have completed 3 consecutive years of the same language at the high school level.
  • the senior must have earned a final grade of A- or better in all CPE level courses
  • the senior must be enrolled in the 4th year of the language.  

All students who become members of the WLNHS must maintain their membership status by:

  • maintaining an average of A- or better in all CPE language courses and/or B+ or better in all Honors/AP language courses.
  • participating in the WLNHS tutoring program:  a peer-tutoring schedule will be organized whereby the students are expected to offer academic assistance to fellow students enrolled in lower level language courses.
  • participating in WLNHS service projects (to be determined yearly by the advisor.  Examples: Rotary club, Holiday Festival, Bingo, etc.)
  • Attending monthly WLNHS meetings
    A member may be removed from any of the WLNHS Chapters at the discretion of the Chapter Sponsor, the WLNHS Advisor, and/or Administration, for failure to maintain grades as described above, failure to maintain membership status, misconduct, insubordination, or any other infraction deemed serious by the Administration.

*All incoming freshmen (class of 2022) will be held to these new requirements.  All other RIH students (class of 2019, 2020, 2021) will be allowed to follow the requirements that better benefit their ability to become members.  

This year’s induction ceremony will be held on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 7 pm in the Indian Hills High School Auditorium.  

(Snow date:  11/15/18 at 7 pm)