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 & American Sign 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.
News & Announcements
Virginia French Teacher is finalist for 2018 National Foreign Language Teacher of the Year
French teacher Heidi Trude from Skyline High School in Warren County was named the 2018 SCOLT Regional Teacher of the Year at the Southern Conference on Language Teaching's (SCOLT) annual conference in Atlanta on March 16. Heidi will now advance to the national competition where she and four other regional teachers will vie for the title of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) National Language Teacher of the Year. The winner of the national competition will be announced on November 16, 2018 at an awards ceremony during the annual ACTFL convention in New Orleans.
Registration for the 2017-2018 Foreign Language Teachers Workshop Series (FLTWS)
The workshop series begins on October 1, 2017. This season’s sessions include:
- October 26, 2017: Gamification in the World Language Classroom
- December 7, 2017: Can-Do Statements for Intercultural Communicative Competence: Investigate, Interact, Reflect.
- February 15, 2018: Integrating STEM Topics in the World Language Classroom
- March 22, 2018: Arts in the World Language Classroom
- May 3, 2018: Using Technology to Enhance Your Comprehensible Input Classroom
- All FLTWS workshops are free and certificates will be provided to participants. Visit the Foreign Language Association of Virginia (FLAVA) website to register for sessions in the 2017-2018 workshop series.
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.