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.
This 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.
News & Announcements
Virginia French Teacher is finalist for 2018 National Foreign Language Teacher of the Year
French teacher Heidi Trude from Skyline High School in Warren County was named the 2018 SCOLT Regional Teacher of the Year at the Southern Conference on Language Teaching's (SCOLT) annual conference in Atlanta on March 16. Heidi will now advance to the national competition where she and four other regional teachers will vie for the title of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) National Language Teacher of the Year. The winner of the national competition will be announced on November 16, 2018 at an awards ceremony during the annual ACTFL convention in New Orleans.
FLAVA Foreign Language Teachers Workshop Series (FLTWS) Lineup for 2018-2019
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.
- October 18, 2018: Arts in the World Language Classroom
- Description: Learn how to incorporate the arts in your language teaching. Be it painting, music, or poetry, art can be a fun and memorable tool when learning languages. From quick tips to full activities, you will discover how easy it can be to add the arts, even if you are not an artist yourself.
- Presenter: Allison Carneiro da Silva, French and Spanish teacher in Hanover County, National Board certified teacher, 2016 Virginia World Language Teacher of the Year
- November 29, 2018: Promoting Student Voice and Creativity in the World Language Classroom
- Description: Are you looking for ways to promote creativity and student voice in the world language classroom? In this workshop, participants will explore various ways that students can share their understanding of the content in creative ways using technology. Participants will leave this workshop with ideas for both spoken and written communication in the target language for all levels. Bring a device and get ready to create and to share your voice.
- Presenter: Heidi Trude, French teacher at Skyline High School in Front Royal, 2017 Virginia World Language Teacher of the Year, 2018 SCOLT World Language Teacher of the Year
- January 31, 2019: Workshop #3
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- March 7, 2019: Workshop #4
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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.