The principal goal of this project is to provide advanced online and in-person professional development opportunities through workshops, as well as pre- and post-workshop activities, to current and future language educators at ACS institutions. These opportunities will serve as an affordable alternative to costly mega conferences that do not necessarily meet the unique needs of the discerning foreign language educator.
The Foreign Language Teachers Workshop Series (FLTSW) continues its teacher professional development opportunities under the umbrella of the Foreign Language Association of Virginia (FLAVA) and the Virginia Department of Education's Professional Development Framework. Fall 2014 workshops are scheduled for 14 October and 13 November. Winter/Spring 2015 workshops will be held on 12 February and 19 March.
Funding from the Braitmayer Foundation has made it possible to introduce for-credit Chinese language and culture instruction into the area high schools. The program is being initiated due to the lack of world language resources in the area and is a pilot program to offer area high school students more opportunities for culture awareness.
To promote language and culture study at an early age, Washington and Lee has implemented a program whereby students in area elementary and middle schools can enroll in French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, and Japanese not-for-credit classes taught by student volunteers from the University.
For three weeks in June and July, Washington and Lee University hosts the full-immersion French, German, and Spanish Virginia Governor's Foreign Language Academies.