Mark Keith is Virginia’s 2013 K-12 Foreign Language Teacher of the Year awarded by the Foreign Language Association of Virginia (FLAVA). This award recognizes a Virginia foreign language teacher in grades K-12 who has demonstrated excellence in foreign language instruction. For more information about the award and other awardees, see the FLAVA news article.
The Foreign Language Teachers Workshop Series (FLTSW) videos are now available for viewing on the FLAVA-FLTWS YouTube channel. Archived videos include presentations from the last three years of workshops sponsored by The Foreign Language Association of Virginia (FLAVA) and Washington and Lee University.
Foreign 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 Foreign Language Standards of Learning 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.