FLAVA Workshops

A Survey to Get You Started

In order to better serve the professional development needs of our world language educators, please respond to a brief survey from the Virginia Department of Education.

The survey will ask you to identify your professional development goals based on the Teacher Effectiveness for Language Learning (TELL) domains and criteria.  Your answers are anonymous and will be used to help determine what professional development topics FLAVA will be offering to its members.  More information about the TELL project is available by clicking the icon below.
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FLAVA Interactive Teacher Workshop Series for 2016/2017

The Foreign Language Teachers Workshop Series (FLTWS) continues across the Commonwealth in an effort to provide useful, professional development opportunities to as many Virginia world language educators as possible. The FLTWS is partnered with the Foreign Language Association of Virginia (FLAVA) through its Professional Development Network (PDN).

As is always the case, the FLAVA/FLTWS workshops can be used for receiving points toward K-12 teacher certification renewal at the discretion of the local school division with the presentation of the certificates, which participants receive after each workshop. For those at the post-secondary level in their teaching, participation in these workshops indicates a desire for self-improvement.  Recognition of such by college and university administrators is congruent with necessary supplementary faculty activity and can be used in the reporting process.

All workshops originate at Washington and Lee University (W&L) in Lexington, Virginia, and are broadcasted live via the Internet to numerous host schools and divisions across the state. These locations are known as FLAVA/FLTWS workshop host sites.  Each host site has a volunteer instructor who is a logistical coordinator and is an extension to the workshop leader at the broadcast location. If you are interested to serve as a host site/host site coordinator, please contact profdev@flavaweb.org

These workshops are free of charge, open to members and non-members. Registration for the workshops will begin October 1st.


FLAVA Workshop 2, Dec 7th :  Can-Do Statements for Intercultural Communicative Competence: Investigate, Interact, Reflect.

Description- How can educators help learners develop their intercultural competence and communication skills while maintaining use of the target language? Explore the new Can-Do Statements for Intercultural Competence and the updated Can-Do Statements for Language and learn how they provide a framework for goal setting, lesson building and student reflection. Self-assess your own intercultural competence in a target language and reflect on how you integrate cultural opportunities for your learners. Collaborate by using the new Can-Do Statements to create sample cultural lessons and reflections in the target language, aligned to your learners' proficiency level.

Presenter: Kathy Shelton has been a World Language Education Program Specialist at the Ohio Department of Education since August 2013.  She offers a wide variety of professional development sessions for world language educators on topics such as Backward Design, Can-Do statements, intercultural competence, language proficiency, rubrics, authentic resources, target language, and best practices for instruction and assessment.  Prior to coming to ODE, Kathy taught French for 25 years in public, private and online schools, as well as at the university level while completing her M.A. in French Language and Literature.

Professional Development Opportunities for the World Language Educator 

FLAVA is in the planning stages for the 2017-18 series of the Foreign Language Teacher Workshops, which are interactive virtual workshop under the umbrella of FLAVA and the Virginia Department of Education’s Professional Development Framework, with special emphasis placed on the Teacher Effectiveness for Language Learning (TELL) Project.

If you would like to lead a workshop in this series, please submit your ideas here!

Professional Development Beyond FLAVA