From the Virginia Department of Education

Dr. Lisa Harris
VDOE Specialist for Foreign Languages
New Resource for World Language Teachers

The Virginia Department of Education is pleased to announce additional instructional resources to support school division implementation of the 2014 Foreign Language Standards of Learning (SOL): Implementing the Foreign Language Standards of Learning in Virginia Classrooms: A Guide for Teachers, which includes an Introduction to Proficiency, Skills Progression Charts by SOL for modern world languages and Latin, and a Glossary of Terms. 

The Introduction to Proficiency provides background information and practical guidance on the integration of proficiency targets into the Virginia Foreign Language Standards of Learning, with explanations of the terminology and components of proficiency.

The Skills Progression Charts provide a target proficiency level, a series of progress indicators that illustrate what students should be able to do in each skill area, and a group of performance indicators that spell out the seven domains that outline the range of performance for the given mode of communication—interpersonal, interpretive, or presentational—for each standard at each level. Each progression chart also includes language-learning strategies and assessment strategies that are appropriate for each strand and level of study.

The Glossary of Terms includes definitions that are intended to be context-specific to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Proficiency Guidelines and to the Foreign Language Standards of Learning for Virginia Public Schools. The list is not intended to be comprehensive or exhaustive. 

Questions regarding these instructional resources should be directed to Dr. Lisa Harris, specialist for foreign languages and international education, by e-mail at or by telephone at (804) 225-3666.

Virginia Seal of Biliteracy 
The Board of Education has approved criteria for awarding a Virginia Seal of Biliteracy.  The 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 the Virginia Seal of Biliteracy Website for updates and additional information, including a list of approved assessments, a sample student application, and an FAQ section. 

Governor's Foreign Language Academies
Student Nominations:  The deadline to submit student application packets and signed verification forms is January 22, 2016.  All items must be postmarked by this date in order to be accepted for review.

Employment Opportunities:  Teachers of French, German, Spanish, Latin, and Japanese are invited to apply by January 12 for positions with the summer Governor's Foreign Language Academies.  Staff requirements and applications are available on the Web:

Newport News Spanish Teacher Named 2015 VA Language Teacher of Year
Congratulations to Spanish teacher Karen Heist from Woodside High School in Newport News, the Foreign Language Association of Virginia’s (FLAVA) 2015 David Cox Excellence in Teaching K-12 Award recipient!  Karen will represent Virginia in the regional Foreign Language Teacher of the Year competition. Visit the FLAVA website for more information.

National Foreign Language Week
March 7 – 13, 2016

The Official Theme for the year 2016 is "Languages Enrich Your Mind"

For more information visit the NFLW website at: