Nov 13 / admin

FLAVA Workshop 2 11/7/2013. “Making Technology Have Relevance in the Language Classroom: Moving Toward Proficiency”

On November 7, 2013 Dr. Kathryn Murphy-JudyFLAVAWorkshop9.7.2013 gave the second FLAVA workshop of Fall Semester 2013. The title of her presentation was “Making Technology Have Relevance in the Language Classroom: Moving Toward Proficiency.” She highlighted tools and methods for integrating technology in the classroom in addition to presenting ways in which FLAVA can aid instructors in improving the technology foundation of their profession.

Sep 23 / admin

FLAVA Workshop 1, 9/17/2013. “Grading for Proficiency”

Jennifer Carson came to Washington and Lee University on September 17th, 2013 to begin the Fall Semester FLAVA Workshop Series with “Grading for Proficiency”. Grading practices have come under scrutiny recently with much discussion centered on the assignment of zeros and the introduction of standards-based grading. Unlike many other disciplines, world languages is skills-based; therefore, accurate reporting of what a student knows and can do with the target language is paramount. Ms. Carson is the Coordinator of World Languages for Virginia Beach City Public Schools and adjunct faculty at ODU. FLAVA Workshop 1,9172013

Aug 15 / admin

Summer Language Academies

One hundred sixty-five of Virginia Governor’s German, French and Spanish Academy students were on Washington and Lee’s campus this past summer. Pictured above are students learning Arabic. Each academy applies a full-immersion approach in which students take classes, do activities, play sports, watch movies and read only in their target languages. This is the third year that W&L is hosting the French Academy and second year that it is hosting the German and Spanish Academies. Dr. Dick Kuettner, director of the TMC, is coordinator of all three academies. 9249417416_485def3228_b

May 2 / admin

FLAVA-FLTWS Workshop 4, Winter 2013, “Teaching the Lesson with Meaningful Input Strategies”

In late April Dr. Sharon Hahnlen spoke at Washington and Lee University’s Tucker Multimedia Center. The title of her workshop was Teaching the Lesson with Meaningful Input Strategies. She provided background on the State of Virginia standards and means in which to apply those strategies to classroom instruction. FLAVA-FLTWS Workshop 4, Winter 2013

Mar 29 / admin

FLAVA-FLTWS Workshop 3, Winter 2013, “Planning for Success in the Language Classroom”

FLAVA’s third workshop of the Winter Semester 2013 was led by Ms. Helen Small. She came to Washington and Lee University on March 26, 2013 to lead a session on being a successful instructor in the foreign language classroom. FLAVA-FLTWS Workshop 3, Winter 2013

Feb 23 / admin

FLAVA-FLTWS Workshop 2, Winter 2013, “Why Assessing Your Students Begins with Assessing Yourself”

Sheila Cockey came to Washington and Lee University on February 28, 2013 for the second FLAVA workshop of the 2013 Winter Semester. FLAVA-FLTWS Workshop 2, Winter 2013She spoke on techniques and methods for teachers of Foreign Languages to excel at not only improving and assessing their students, but also themselves.

Feb 8 / admin

FLAVA-FLTWS Workshop 1, Winter 2013, “Teacher Effectiveness for Language Learning”

FLAVA-FLTWS Workshop 1, Winter 2013, Teacher Effectiveness for Language Learning

On February 7, 2013 Dr. Lisa Harris, Specialist for Foreign Languages from the Virginia Department of Education, spoke at Washington and Lee University’s Tucker Multimedia Center. The title of her workshop was Teacher Effectiveness for Language Learning. She provided an overview of the Teacher Effectiveness for Language Learning Projects that she helped to create for the State of Virginia.

Nov 6 / admin

Parents’ Weekend Open House 2012

The TMC and Modern Foreign Languages hosted an Open House for all students, parents, and families on Friday, November 2, 2012 in celebration of Parents and Families’ Weekend. The theme of the Open House was “Languages are at the Core of a World Gone Global.”  Students and their families experienced many different aspects of the TMC, including Mango Languages subscription possibilities, interactions with digital supplements of current textbooks and SCOLA’s (Satellite Communications for Learning) multiple channels of worldwide broadcasts. Delicious refreshments were also served.

A family and professor discuss the variety of things that take place in the TMC.


Students, families and professors attended the Open House.

Jun 29 / admin

Language academies in full swing on campus

One-hundred sixty-five of Virginia’s top high school students have are currently on Washington and Lee’s campus as part of the Virginia Governor’s German, French and Spanish Academies. Each academy applies a full-immersion approach in which students take classes, do activities, play sports, watch movies and read only in their target languages. Dr. Dick Kuettner, director of the TMC, is coordinator of all three academies. This is the second year that W&L is hosting the French Academy and first year that it is hosting the German and Spanish Academies.

German Academy students and professors in the TMC working together on digital projects.

May 15 / admin

Modern Foreign Languages Alumni Open House

The TMC enjoyed hosting the Modern Foreign Languages Open House over Alumni Weekend. The alumni were invited to come and talk with former professors and classmates of their foreign language experience at W&L. In addition to delicious refreshments, the alumni were also provided with free membership to Mango Languages. Mango Languages is an online language service company which is accessible worldwide.  With Mango you can learn in excess of 40 languages at your own pace and become more acquainted with the cultures where these languages are spoken. Thanks to the University, this service is free for any alumni who signed up.