COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 186

August 31, 2007

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Revised Foreign Language Standards of Learning

 

The Department of Education is pleased to announce the adoption of revised Foreign Language Standards of Learning. The Board of Education adopted the standards on February 28, 2007, and printed copies will be mailed to school divisions in early fall. The standards will also be posted on the Department of Education Web page at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/VDOE/Superintendent/Sols/home.shtml.

 

The revised Foreign Language Standards of Learning include separate standards for levels I-IV of French, German, Latin, and Spanish, as well as generic standards for Modern Foreign Languages that may be adapted to other languages. The standards for French, German, Spanish, and Modern Foreign Languages are organized around the seven strands of Person-to-Person Communication; Listening and Reading for Understanding; Oral and Written Presentation; Cultural Perspectives, Practices, and Products; Making Connections through Language; Cultural and Linguistic Comparisons; and Communication across Communities. The six strands for Latin are similar and consist of Reading for Understanding; Using Oral and Written Language for Understanding; Cultural Perspectives, Practices, and Products; Making Connections through Language; Cultural and Linguistic Comparisons; and Communication across Communities.

 

Information about the newly revised standards and implications for local curricula will be presented at a variety of conferences, including the annual conference of the Foreign Language Association of Virginia (FLAVA) in October, and others to be determined. For information about the FLAVA conference, please visit the website at http://www.flavaweb.org/flava_conferences.php.

 

For further information about the Foreign Language Standards of Learning, please contact Helen Small, specialist for foreign languages, by e-mail at Helen.Small@doe.virginia.gov, or by telephone at 804-225-3666.

 

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