Languages for Rockbridge

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. 

The program, Languages for Rockbridge, began in the fall of 2010 with one Spanish class with eight students and a student volunteer to multiple language and culture classes with in excess of 550 students participating. 

School divisions involved are Lexington City Schools, Buena Vista City Public Schools, and Rockbridge County Schools.  Curriculums for each of the languages have been developed by W&L summer research scholars under the direction of Professors Dick Kuettner and Lenna Ojure, both with the Teacher Education Program at W&L.  Go here for more information on the program.