World language instruction is an important part of Virginia’s efforts to provide challenging educational programs in its public schools and to prepare students to compete in global society. Knowledge and skills that students acquire in foreign language classes reinforce and expand learning in other subject areas.
School divisions are encouraged to offer foreign language instruction beginning in the elementary grades. At the middle and secondary levels, the World Language Standards of Learning and Curriculum Framework for American Sign Language set reasonable targets and expectations for what students should know and be able to do by the end of each course offered for a standard unit of credit. Schools are encouraged to provide instruction that exceeds prescribed standards in order to meet the needs of all students.
The Virginia Seal of Biliteracy certifies attainment of a high level of proficiency by a graduating high school student in one or more languages in addition to English. See Seal of Biliteracy for award criteria and additional information.
A new support document is now available for schools, divisions, and communities interested in learning how to start, expand, or support dual language / immersion programs in Virginia schools. The Dual Language Immersion Education-This is a PDF document. document contains background information, research, and practical application tools.
Building Our Strengths Through Languages: Investing in the Future
The Building Our Strengths Through Languages: Investing in the Future video was created as part of the celebration of 2005 as the Year of Languages. The program examines foreign language programs in the commonwealth and how Virginia prepares students, in classrooms and beyond.
Supporting World Language Learning for Students with Disabilities
Supporting World Language Learning for Students with Disabilities-This is a PDF document. (PDF) – Overview and practical manual for including students with disabilities, difficulties, or other specialized learning needs in the foreign language classroom.
Supporting World Language Learning for Students with Disabilities: Teacher Toolkit-This is a PDF document.A supplement to Supporting World Language Learning for Students with Disabilities with additional strategies and sample lessons for teachers.
News & Announcements
2021 Governor’s World Language Academies
Applications are now available for student nominations for the 2021 Governor’s World Language Academies.
FLAVA Foreign Language Teachers Workshop Series (FLTWS) Lineup
Plan now to continue your professional learning throughout the year with the Foreign Language Teachers Workshop Series (FLTWS) offered by FLAVA. The free webinars are broadcast live from Washington and Lee University to host sites around the Commonwealth. Each session begins at 4 p.m. on the scheduled day. Visit the FLAVA website for more information and to register online for each session.
Past Seasons of the Foreign Language Teachers Workshop Series (FLTWS) Videos
Videos, on a variety of topics, are now available for viewing on the FLAVA-FLTWS YouTube channel.