World Languages Department

Contact Information

World Languages Department Office
Phone: 301.321.3400 
Resource Teacher:  Mrs. Yecenia Bell / Morales                                          


Department Overview

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

The goal of the World Languages Department here at Wheaton High School is to unlock the doors that keep people linguistically, culturally, and socially separated! We want our students to thrive in a diverse, global society. We want our students to appreciate the beauty and richness of other cultures and grow toward proficiency in other languages. In our World Languages Department, we help students:

  • COMMUNICATE and PRESENT in a language other than English; 
  • INTERPRET a variety of written and audio-visual texts in the target language
  • Gain Knowledge and understanding of other CULTURES; 
  • Make CONNECTIONS with other disciplines; 
  • Develop insight into and be able to COMPARE the nature of language and culture; and finally 
  • Participate in multilingual COMMUNITIES at home and around the world.  

World Languages Courses Offered



  • Chinese 1
  • Chinese 2
  • Chinese 3 Honors
  • Chinese 4 Honors
  • Chinese 5
  • Chinese 6


  • Spanish 1
  • Spanish 2
  • Spanish 3
  • Spanish 3 Honors
  • Spanish 4 Honors
  • Spanish 5
  • AP Spanish Language and Culture
  • Spanish for Natives 1
  • Spanish for Natives 2
  • Spanish for Natives 3


  • French 1
  • French 2
  • French 3 Honors
  • French 4 Honors
  • French AP Language and Culture


  • Italian 1
  • Italian 2
  • Italian 3 Honors
  • Italian 4 Honors


Staff Members and Courses Taught

Staff E-mail addresses are listed in the Staff Directory or click on the highlighted names.

Mrs. Adelman

Spanish 4 Honors, 

Spanish for Natives 2

Mrs. Bell / Morales

Spanish 5, Spanish for Natives 3 Honors,

AP Spanish Language and Culture

Mr. Escobar 

Spanish 1, 

Spanish for Natives 2

Mrs. Keefe

Spanish 3 Honors, Spanish 5, Spanish for Natives 3 Honors, AP Spanish Language and Culture

Mr. Marra-López

Chinese 1, Chinese 2, Chinese 3H, Chinese 4H, 

Spanish for Natives 1

Mr. Mensah

French 1, French 2, French 3 Honors, French 4 Honors, AP French Language and Culture

Ms. Scazzoli

Italian 1, Italian 2, 

Italian 3 Honors

Mr. Serna

Spanish 1, Spanish 2

Spanish for Natives 1

Mr. Warrington

Spanish 2,

Spanish 3 Honors

 Maryland Seal of Biliteracy

Seal of Biliteracy

THE MARYLAND Seal of Biliteracy is an award that recognizes a student's high level of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in one or more other languages other than English.

The purpose of the Seal of Biliteracy is to: 

  • Recognize the value of learning a language in public schools 
  • Encourage students to attain a high level of proficiency in one or more languages other than English
  • Affirm native and heritage languages 
  • Provide employers with a method of identifying individuals with language and biliteracy skills
  • Prepare students with critical skills necessary to function in a global society
  • Strengthen cross-cultural communication, affirm the value of diversity, and honor the multiple languages and cultures in our communities

You can earn the Seal of Biliteracy at Wheaton High School

For more information please contact our World Languages office. 

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You can also visit the MD State Dept. of Education website