Principals' Memo #1030-11

Department of Education

October 18, 2011

TO: Principals

FROM: Linda M. Wallinger, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

SUBJECT: Foreign Language Teachers Workshop Series

The Foreign Language Association of Virginia (FLAVA) is pleased to announce the establishment of a Professional Development Network (PDN) between FLAVA and Washington and Lee University (WLU).  The newly established PDN is designed to facilitate the delivery of workshops developed specifically for foreign language teachers in Virginia.

The Foreign Language Teachers Workshop Series (FLTWS) based at Washington and Lee University in Lexington has served central, western, and southwestern Virginia for more than half a decade.  The FLTWS fall, winter, and spring lineup for academic year 2011-2012 is being held on the campus of Washington and Lee University, and will also be broadcast live via the Internet to a number of locations throughout the Commonwealth as part of the new PDN. 

Colleges, universities, public school divisions, and private schools will be taking part in this endeavor as PDN host sites.  Presently there are nine workshop host site locations in Virginia; it is expected that the number of host sites will increase. 

Upcoming workshops include:

November 10, 2011: Learning Activities for the Inhibited Language Learner
January 19, 2012: Teaching Language with (not through) Film
March 15, 2012: True Differentiated Instruction

Foreign language teachers may register and select a host site location via the Web at  These workshops are free of charge and certificates of participation will be provided.

Questions regarding the FLTWS should be directed to Dr. Paul R. (Dick) Kuettner, professional issues chair, Foreign Language Association of Virginia, by e-mail at or by telephone at (540) 458-8995.

For information about Virginia foreign language initiatives, please contact Lisa Harris, specialist for foreign languages, Office of Standards, Curriculum, and Instruction, by e-mail at or by telephone at (804) 225-3666.