News & Announcements
Applications for the summer 2015 Governor's Foreign Language Academies are now available. Schools must submit all materials by January 23, 2015.
The Revised Foreign Language Standards of Learning were approved May 22, 2014. See Superintendent's Memo 154-14 for additional information.
No English Allowed! – The three Governor's Language Academies held during the summer of 2013 on the campus of Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA were the subject of a feature story on WVTF radio in Roanoke, VA. Listen to the WVTF report – No English Allowed! See more about the Governor's Foreign Language Academies.
ACS World Language Workshops – A Blended Learning Approach
The Foreign Language Teachers Workshop Series (FLTWS) will add two additional free workshops sponsored by The Associated Colleges of the South. The workshops will be offered at select host sites from 4:30 - 6 p.m. on the following dates:
- October 20, 2014: Vocabulary Development
- November 6, 2014: Feeding Back: Improving Learners’ Interpersonal (Speaking) Skills through Integrated Performance Assessment
See FLAVA Workshops to register and select a host site location.
Registration is now open for The Foreign Language Teachers Workshop Series (FLTWS) 2014-2015 professional development sessions:
- October 14, 2014: All Things Considered: Language Classroom Edition
- November 13, 2014: Skills-Centric Teaching
- February 12, 2015: Score Big with Strong Language Goals
- March 26, 2015: Setting and Monitoring Learning Targets: Getting Educators and Learners on the Same Page
Select your host site location and register. The workshops are free of charge and certificates of attendance are provided.
Previous Foreign Language Teachers Workshop 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.