Foreign Language Futures
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. Should this project prove successful, a model will have been established which other rural Virginia public school divisions will be able to incorporate into their programs of language and culture instruction.
Classes will be conducted weekly on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday by three faculty from the W&L East Asian Languages and Literatures Department. Tuesdays and Thursdays are being devoted to supplemental work, an online component, and private tutoring by students enrolled in the Methods for Foreign Language course (EDUC365) at W&L.
Classes are being broadcasted via the Internet from the campus of Washington and Lee to Rockbridge Country High School and to Parry McCluer High School in Buena Vista. Professors Dick Kuettner and Lenna Ojure are overseeing this program. More information on this project can be found here.