On November 7, 2013 Dr. Kathryn Murphy-Judy 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.