World language instruction is an important part of Virginia’s efforts to provide challenging educational programs in its public schools and to prepare students to compete in global society. Knowledge and skills that students acquire in foreign language classes reinforce and expand learning in other subject areas.
School divisions are encouraged to offer foreign language instruction beginning in the elementary grades. At the middle and secondary levels, the World Language Standards of Learning and Curriculum Framework for American Sign Language set reasonable targets and expectations for what students should know and be able to do by the end of each course offered for a standard unit of credit. Schools are encouraged to provide instruction that exceeds prescribed standards in order to meet the needs of all students.
This video was created as part of the celebration of 2005 as the Year of Languages. The program examines foreign language programs in the commonwealth and how Virginia prepares students, in classrooms and beyond.
News & Announcements
Schedule for the Review of World Language Standards of Learning
On January 23, 2020, the Board of Education approved the timeline for the review and revision of the World Language Standards of Learning (SOL). Comments on the current SOL may be sent to WLSOLcomments@doe.virginia.gov through March 7, 2020.
FLAVA Foreign Language Teachers Workshop Series (FLTWS) Lineup
Plan now to continue your professional learning throughout the year with the Foreign Language Teachers Workshop Series (FLTWS) offered by FLAVA. The free webinars are broadcast live from Washington and Lee University to host sites around the Commonwealth. Each session begins at 4 p.m. on the scheduled day. Visit the FLAVA website for more information and to register online for each session.
Past Seasons of the Foreign Language Teachers Workshop Series (FLTWS) Videos
Videos, on a variety of topics, are now available for viewing on the FLAVA-FLTWS YouTube channel.