Bienvenue! Willkommen! Salvete! ¡Bienvenidos!  If you prefer something a little closer to home, WELCOME to Hanover High School's Foreign Language Department. We've prepared this new website to help students, parents/guardians, and community members get to know who we are and what we do. While some of the pages are still under construction, we hope you'll find the information herein useful.


Students at Hanover High School can broaden their horizons and become more aware citizens of the United States and the world through regular contact with a language and culture markedly different from their own. If the understanding among citizens from different countries of the world depends upon the quality and genuineness of communication between individuals of different nations, then it stands to reason that language learning by young people will serve to strengthen the bonds between countries and enrich the lives of the learners.

The continuing objective of the language program at the high school is to provide the best possible preparation for all students as individuals. Their personal goals, abilities and aspirations, and the expectations of their parents and the entire community, guide the nature of the language offerings.


The department offers full sequences of French, German, Latin, and Spanish. The immediate goal for each student is the acquisition of basic language skills. Each teacher attempts to create a sense of enthusiasm for the language, to instill in our students a feeling of joy at their accomplishments, and to provide the basis for a rich sharing of aesthetic and intellectual experiences with other people throughout their lives.

German, French and Spanish classes emphasize language as a means of verbal communication through practice in speaking and listening, and also offer extensive development in reading and writing. Latin classes emphasize language as a means of exploring the ancient world and of investigating its abundant connections to the modern one. In addition, students of both the modern and the classical languages also become acquainted with the geography, history, literature and art of her/his particular people. Periodic cultural trips are offered to France, Quebec, Germany, Italy and the Mediterranean world, Spain, and Latin America.

Students are advised on course selection by their current language teacher, who must approve their course registration sheet. Students not currently taking a foreign language should see the department coordinator. Students who would like to prepare for the Advanced Placement exams in a particular language should refer to the Advanced Placement opportunities section of the HHS handbook and meet with the specified contact teacher.


Students at the honors level will be held to rigorous standards regarding class preparation and participation, homework completion, and independent work. Accommodations are limited to those which do not compromise the rigor of the course. Students are expected to recall information on tests and quizzes without the use of such things as word banks, open books, note cards, or teacher-prepared class notes. Students are expected to participate orally in class (including responding aloud, participating in oral partner and group work, and taking oral assessments) and, in modern language classes, to be able to present prepared reports orally to the class in the language of instruction.


If you have questions for specific teachers, you will find their contact information (including email links) on the Staff pages.
For more general queries, please contact our Department Coordinator, Brian Glenney, by email or phone (603)643-3431 ext. 2610.


Start of School!
Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016
8 am

Poetry Recitation Contest
Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016
(snow date Thurs. Dec. 15)
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Go to PRC homepage.