Superintendent’s Memo #229-13

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

August 30, 2013

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 3-5, 2013, at the Fort Magruder Hotel and Conference Center, Williamsburg, Virginia.  Conference highlights will include a keynote address from Terrell A. Morgan, Spanish and linguistics professor at The Ohio State University; exhibits; over 100 sessions and workshops; and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) sponsored Modified Oral Proficiency Interview (MOPI) Institute.  The 2013 conference theme is Go Global!

In addition to language-specific sessions for Arabic, 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://flavaweb.org/conference/.  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.

Thursday Workshops – The Thursday workshops offer an opportunity to select a specific topic for more in-depth training than the shorter conference sessions.  There are 18 workshops to choose from this year.  Teachers are encouraged to participate in one or more of the workshops, many of which have direct correlations to the Virginia Standards for the Professional Practice of Teachers.  Examples include:

Language Association Meetings – Virginia chapters of national and regional foreign language associations will meet at various times during the FLAVA conference.

Please contact your respective chapter presidents for information and preregistration.

Modified Oral Proficiency Interview (MOPI) Institute Registration – VDOE is sponsoring the second Modified Oral Proficiency Interview (MOPI) Institute October 2-4, 2013, as a pre-conference workshop at FLAVA.  The deadline to apply is September 9, 2013.  Details are available in Superintendent’s Memo #207-13.

Awards and Recognitions – The FLAVA Awards Committee invites you to nominate a teacher, administrator, group, or business who has shown commitment to foreign language education, assessments or teaching.  Nomination forms are available on the FLAVA Web site and will be accepted through September 6, 2013, in the following areas:

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

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