Superintendent's Memo #258-09

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

September 18, 2009

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Annual Conference of the Foreign Language Association of Virginia

The Foreign Language Association of Virginia (FLAVA) will hold its annual statewide conference on October 9-10, 2009, at the Holiday Inn Select Koger South Conference Center in Richmond, Virginia. Conference highlights will include a keynote address, exhibits, and over 60 sessions. The 2009 conference theme is Teachers: American Idols.

In addition to language-specific sessions for Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin, and Spanish, there will be sessions during every time slot that are useful to any language teacher at any level from elementary school through university. General presentation topics include technology integration, the teaching of culture, performance-based instruction, inclusion of students with disabilities, and sustained use of the target language in the classroom. Additional information is available from the FLAVA website at
Participants may register and pay online through the FLAVA website, by mailing in a registration form and check, or on-site at the conference.

Virginia chapters of national and regional foreign language associations will meet during lunch on Saturday. Luncheons will be held by local chapters of the American Association of Teachers of French, American Association of Teachers of German, American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, Classical Association of Virginia, Chinese Language Teachers Association, and Mid-Atlantic Association of Teachers of Japanese. Please see page 35 of the fall 2009 Bulletin, available from the website above, for links to these associations for luncheon preregistration.

For further information, please contact Helen Small, specialist for foreign languages, Office of Middle and High School Instruction, by e-mail at or by telephone at (804) 225-3666.