Foreign Language Academies
Applications for the summer 2016 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 22, 2016.
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 2015, more than 8,300 students have completed one of the programs. The 2016 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.
Schools must complete the nomination process and submit all materials no later than January 22, 2016.
2016 Full Immersion Academies – French, German and Spanish
June 25-July 16, 2016
Washington & Lee University in Lexington
2016 Partial Immersion Academies – Japanese and Latin
June 26-July 17, 2016
Randolph-Macon College in Ashland
- 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 2016 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
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.