Superintendent's Memo #225-10

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

September 17, 2010

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 8-9, 2010, at the Holiday Inn Select Koger South Conference Center in Richmond, Virginia. Conference highlights will include a keynote address, exhibits, and over 70 sessions. The 2010 conference theme is No Borders: The World in Virginia.

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 higher education. General presentation topics include technology integration, the teaching of culture, cooperative learning, differentiation, and sustained use of the target language in the classroom. Additional information is available from the FLAVA Web site at Participants may register and pay online through the FLAVA Web site, by mailing in a registration form and check, or on-site at the conference. Preregistration is encouraged.

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, Chinese Language Teachers Association, Classical Association of Virginia, and Mid-Atlantic Association of Teachers of Japanese. Please see pages 37-38 of the fall 2010 Bulletin, available from the Web site above, for information and luncheon preregistration.

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