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Our spring CAV meeting will be held at the College of William and Mary on Saturday, May 3, 2014. There will be long and short presentations, an auction, awards and recognitions along with a luncheon. Undergraduate and graduate students are welcome, and they receive free...

The year is already off to a fast start with lots of happenings in Foreign Language education.  Below are some of the topics that we have been working on at the Virginia Department of Education; as well as some “news you can use” from the...

2014 conference cover pageThe 2014 FLAVA Conference takes place Sept. 25-27, a great time to share ideas and get inspiration for the whole school year. Growing attendance has sent us to a larger hotel - the DoubleTree by Hilton in Williamsburg. Over 100 years old, FLAVA remains one of the most active and vibrant foreign language associations in the nation, and our conference is a big part of the reason why. You can propose a session through April 18, and you can now register and book your hotel.

Virginia Beach Public School's discovery language committee has worked together annually to provide resources and support to help the district celebrate and educate the community on the benefits of foreign language.  In recent years they have created a resource handbook for promotions during Discover Languages month...

Educators, don’t tell me you’ve not heard this question. [caption id="attachment_1793" align="alignleft" width="150"]Laur Warren Laur Warren[/caption] And what if the teacher said, “No”? Teachers, what do you think the students’ reactions would be? “Then why should I do it?” some would say. Or the more belligerent, “I’m not doing it.”
This new contest is open to all language students, K-12 and post-secondary, whose teachers are members of the Foreign Language Association of Virginia.  A cash prize of $50 will be given to the k-12 winner(s).  A free year’s membership will be awarded to the college/university winner(s).  The deadline for submissions is September 15, 2014; however, participants are encouraged to submit their entries before the end of this school year.

[caption id="attachment_1868" align="alignleft" width="300"] Jennifer Carson with student Abigail CENNAME of Warwick High School in Newport News, who played the viola at the closing ceremony[/caption] It was my honor and pleasure to serve as Director of the 22nd annual Concours de Français, sponsored by the Alliance...

"Can we listen to our music?" How many times have we all heard this request after giving students a task to complete independently? How many times must I tell them “No” for them to believe me? Apparently they have not heard it enough; my “No” is always followed up with ,“But Mr. ________ lets us or Ms. ___________ always says it is okay.” This request has only increased as BYOD has taken over our school, and students have their devices in hand as they enter and exit the classroom or walk down the hall. How many times have I walked down a high school hallway and noticed multiple students working independently in different classrooms, all with ear buds firmly in place? Is it that all these students are slackers? Are all the teachers allowing them to listen to music too lazy or ineffective to get them to focus? I consider myself a professional with some knowledge about how children learn. Have I been letting my own generational bias affect how I think students learn best? Thinking through some of these questions, I decided to generate some data in my Spanish 3 classes. As we began a new unit on food and cooking, I divided the targeted vocabulary into three lists, seven words each. I expected to prove that student performance decreased when they were allowed to choose the music they heard while studying. Instead, I was surprised to discover that student choice did not impair learning at all, and might have helped their memory later.

Leadership Positions Dr. Laura Franklin (NOVA) continues to serve as NECTFL representative to the ACTFL Board. Isi Kessel (TNCC) serves as chair of the 2014 FLAVA Conference and chair of the VCCS Tidewater Regional Center for Excellence. Two VCCS faculty members are currently serving in leadership positions in...

American Association of Teachers of French of Virginia AATFBoardReport2014 (1) Read the AATF's March 1, 2014 report...