Superintendent’s Memo #270-11

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

September 23, 2011

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  Annual Conference of the Foreign Language Association of Virginia

The Foreign Language Association of Virginia (FLAVA) will hold its annual statewide conference on October 7-8, 2011, at the Holiday Inn Select Koger South Conference Center in Richmond, Virginia.  Conference highlights will include a keynote address, exhibits, over 70 sessions, four preconference workshops, and a variety of special events to celebrate FLAVA’s 100th birthday.  The 2011 conference theme is Languages are Timeless.

In addition to language-specific sessions for Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin, and Spanish, there will be sessions during every time slot that are useful to any language teacher at any level from elementary school through higher education.  General presentation topics include technology integration, the teaching of culture, the teaching of literature, service learning, and professional issues.  Additional information is available from the FLAVA Web site at http://www.flavaweb.org.  Participants may register and pay online through the FLAVA Web site, by mailing in a registration form and check, or on-site at the conference.  Preregistration is encouraged.

FLAVA is sponsoring a contest for student-produced posters or videos related to the conference theme.  Teachers must bring their students’ entries to the conference registration area on Friday morning in order to be considered.  All students who participate will receive a certificate of participation.  First place winners in each category will win trophies for their schools and a $50 gift certificate.  Second and third places in each category will receive ribbons.  For more information, please see pages 10-11 of the spring Bulletin, available from the Web site above.

Virginia chapters of national and regional foreign language associations will meet during lunch on Saturday.  Luncheons will be held by local chapters of the American Association of Teachers of French, American Association of Teachers of German, American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, Chinese Language Teachers Association, Classical Association of Virginia, and Mid-Atlantic Association of Teachers of Japanese.  Please contact your chapter president for information and luncheon preregistration.

For further information, please contact Lisa Harris, specialist for foreign languages, Office of Standards, Curriculum, and Instruction, by e-mail at Lisa.Harris@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-3666.


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