Review of the K-12 Foreign Language Standards of Learning (SOL) – At the February 2014, Board of Education meeting, VDOE was authorized to solicit comment on the proposed revised Foreign Language Standards of Learning. It is anticipated that the review will be completed by May 2014.
The proposed revised standards are available to view for public comment from March 14 – April 14. More about submitting comments.
In addition to the online public comment period, the Virginia Board of Education will hold two public hearings to solicit comments on the proposed revised Standards of Learning for Foreign Language. These will be held on March 27 and April 3, 2014. See Superintendent's Memo #061-14 for additional information.
Current and pre-service Foreign Language teachers can apply now for an on-site observation experience of immersion language teaching at the summer Governor’s Foreign Language Academies. Applications (Word) are due to Host Site Coordinators by May 14, 2014. See Applications for Governor's Foreign Language Academies for more information
The Foreign Language Teachers Workshop Series (FLTWS) 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.
Registration is now open for The Foreign Language Teachers Workshop Series (FLTWS) 2014 professional development sessions:
- February 27, 2014: Using the Target Language in Meaningful Contexts with Success (Rescheduled from February 13)
- March 20, 2014: Ten Take-Home Activities to Engage and Inspire your LanguageStudents
Register and select your host site location here. These workshops are free of charge and certificates of attendance are provided.
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.