Foreign Language Academies
Applications for the summer 2017 Governor's Foreign Language Academies are now available. Please review the Guide for Students and Parents/Guardians (PDF) or the Guide for Schools (PDF) as appropriate before beginning the process. Schools must complete the nomination process and submit all materials no later than January 27, 2017.
No English Allowed! – three 2013 Governor's Foreign Language Academies were the subject of a feature story on WVTF, the public radio station based in Roanoke, VA. Listen to the WVTF report - No English Allowed!
Since 1987, VDOE has sponsored Governor's Foreign Language Academies, summer residential programs for Virginia's most motivated and talented foreign language students. As of 2016, more than 8,500 students have completed one of the programs. The 2017 Governor's Summer Residential Foreign Language Academies will include full-immersion academies in French, German and Spanish; a partial-immersion Japanese Academy; and a Latin Academy.
Student status notices for the 2017 Academies will be sent on April 14, 2017. See the expandible menus below for applications and information about specific language Academies.
Applications & Resources
- Applications for Governor's Foreign Language Academies – forms and instructions for the student nomination and application process as well as staff and teacher observer applications
- Verification Reports
- Order form (Word) – for the 2017 Foreign Language Academies Immersion Tape/Composition Topics and Latin Test/Essay Topics
- You may also be interested in Summer Residential Governor's Programs
- Foreign Language Academies Purpose & Background
2017 Full Immersion Academies – French, German & Spanish
June 24-July 15, 2017
Washington & Lee University in Lexington, VA
French Academy Website – Welcome packets for students accepted to the 2017 Academies will be available beginning May 1, 2017.
Meet the DirectorCatherine Mazzola has taught high school French for eight years and currently teaches French at Midlothian High School in Chesterfield County, Virginia. She serves on the board of the Virginia chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French and also on the board of the Foreign Language Association of Virginia as Secretary. She has served as Director of the Congrès Français de Chesterfield, a French convention for secondary students of French, since 2013. Mme Mazzola taught at the Virginia Governor's French Language Academy for two years before beginning her term as director in 2016.
Contact the French Academy Director
German Academy Website – Welcome packets for students accepted to the 2017 Academies will be available beginning May 1, 2017.
Meet the Director
Anja Moore is a native of Germany and grew up in the eastern state of Saxony not far from the Czech Republic. There she attended the world-renowned Leipzig University. Director Moore has lived in the United States for more than twenty years, and has taught foreign languages at the Hickory Schools in Chesapeake for almost that long. Director Moore loves teaching students not just German but also the culture and perspectives of her native country.
Spanish Academy Website – Welcome packets for students accepted to the 2017 Academies will be available beginning May 1, 2017.
Meet the Director
Annette Rosado Waggoner was born and raised in the beautiful town of Fajardo, Puerto Rico, la isla del encanto. Senora Waggoner began her term as director of the Spanish Academy in 2015, and has previously served as a teacher and lead teacher. Director Waggoner has been teaching Spanish since 1997, all levels from 4K- college, and is currently a Lecturer, Spanish & Romance Languages, at Longwood University.
2017 Partial Immersion Academies – Japanese and Latin
June 25-July 16, 2017
Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA
Contact the Host Site Coordinator
Japanese Academy Website – Welcome packets for students accepted to the 2017 Academies will be available beginning May 1, 2017.
Latin Academy Website – Welcome packets for students accepted to the 2017 Academies will be available beginning May 1, 2017.
Meet the Director
Ms. Jacquelyn Wilkins is a Latin 1-AP Teacher at William Byrd High and Middle Schools in Roanoke County. Ms. Wilkins has been on staff at the Latin Academy since 2009, serving as a teacher and lead teacher before beginning her term as director in 2015. Director Wilkins loves the Iliad more than almost anything, and learned ancient Greek so that she could read Homer. When not reading the Iliad or dressing as the hobbit queen of Erebor, you can find her traveling, looking for Thai food, writing, or doing yoga. Her main interests in Classics, besides Homer, are gender and identity studies especially in Julius Caesar, Ovid, Herodotus, and Euripides. Oh, and she really enjoys vanished Bronze Age Civilizations. Are you ready for an adventure?
For the full-immersion academies, all functions, from brushing one's teeth in the dormitory to class discussions to going swimming or on field trips, contribute to the academy purpose. Each academy is uniquely designed by its staff. Elements of a student's day in a language academy may include:
- Wake-up, breakfast
- Classes, such as:
- The economics of Latin America
- The unification of Germany
- Life in France seen from an economic perspective
- Great works of art
- Literary samplings
- A second language (Arabic, Korean, Greek, Russian)
- Another class (or two)
- Creative activities, such as:
- Journal writing
- DVD production
- Sports, games
- Films, music, theater, student and faculty talent presentations.
STARTALK foreign language programs
- In addition to The Governor’s Foreign Language Academies, there are other summer opportunities for foreign language students and teachers available through the federally-funded STARTALK programs. The availability of the STARTALK programs is dependent on annual grant funding. For information about STARTALK programs operating in Virginia and elsewhere, please visit the STARTALK website.