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 World Languages and Global / Workforce Initiatives



For our students to succeed in a global economy, they will need to possess a new set of skills that were not required for the success of prior generations of Americans.  Regional expertise, cross-cultural competence, and advanced language proficiency are no longer skills reserved only for those who plan for a career overseas - they are skills that will enhance any career field, encourage international investment to our state, and develop a workforce that is successful in working on diverse international teams to collaborate and solve global problems.  Developing international perspective and advanced language proficiency, particularly as this relates to college and career readiness, will ensure our nation's security and will support our statewide and regional economic development goals.  Business leaders across Georgia and the Southeast have made it clear that these skills are the fastest route to success in a global job market and that they provide a competitive advantage that moves an applicant's resume to the top of the pile.

Georgia Performance Standards:


Georgia Performance Standards Modern Languages and Latin 

Performance Assessments

French Thematic Units

German Thematic Units

Spanish Thematic Units


Grades K-5:

Grades 6-12:

Professional Development:

Upcoming Webinars:

November 4, 2014 4:00-5:00pm: Jon Valentine (Director of Foreign Languages, Gwinnett County Public Schools): Career Relevance - Advocating for our Programs by Connecting to Economic Development Initiatives

Click here to join the webinar!

Abstract: Did you know that the Bluebird bus company is Dutch? Or that there are Japanese companies moving to Macon?  Did you know that there are more than 100 German owned companies in Gwinnett County? But if you're a Spanish, French or Latin teacher, how can you claim to be preparing your students to succeed in these international firms?  The answer is that we don't just teach language - we also teach the skills necessary for our students to collaborate on global teams with international partners across the globe to solve problems.  Following the recession, international companies have been flocking to Georgia at a rate faster than at any other time in history.  There are currently more than 3,000 international companies in Georgia employing more than 150,000 Georgians.  Learn how all of Georgia, not just the metro Atlanta area, has become a major hub for international investment and how to position your world languages program any language as a key component to your region's economic development.

December 2, 2104 4:00-5:00pm: Dr. Yumin Ao (Coordinator of Chinese Studies Program at the DFL, Leader of the Research Team of the CI, Kennesaw State University) and Mr. Ken Jin (Director of the Confucius Institute of Kennesaw State University) On Cultural Connections

January 8, 2015: 4:00-5:00pm: Stephane Allagnon (French Teacher, Director of International Programs, Woodward Academy), How Technology can Support your Teaching and your Students' Learning

February 5, 2015 4:00-5:00pm: Dr. Robert Patrick (Chair of FL Department, Parkview High School, Latin Teacher), Embedded Readings:  Acquisition and Literacy in the Latin Classroom

Archived Webinars:

September 2014:

David Jahner (Curriculum and Content Director, AP World Languages and Cultures): AP World Languages and Cultures: Resources and Updates

October 2014:

Patrick Wallace (German Teacher, Whitewater High School, Fayette County): The School to Work Initiative.  How to establish and incorporate internships into your language program

Georgia World Languages Newsletter

 Newsletter August 2014

ACTFL Resources:

Teaching CTAE in the World Language Classroom:

New: Sample Units for French / German / Spanish:

Sample Classroom Walkthrough for Adminstrators (ES, MS and HS):

Feedback Tools from the Teacher Effectiveness for Language Learning (TELL) Project

Sample Administrator Walkthrough Checklist for the WL Classroom 1

Sample Administrator Walkthrough Checklist for the WL Classroom 2



Research-Based Organizations:

Consulates and Embassies:

Partners - Memoranda of Understanding (MoU):

The following state-level Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) have been signed between the GaDOE and international partners.  These agreements provide meaningful global connections between partner schools through sister school partnerships and career-based job-shadowing opportunities.

  • MoU Nancy-Metz, France and the GaDoE
  • MoU Saxony, Germany and the GaDoE
  • MoU Bavaria, Germany and the GaDoE
  • MoU Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany and the DoE (in process)
  • MoU Gyeonggi, Korea and the GaDoE
  • MoU Seoul National University of Education and the GaDoE New

  • MoU The National Institute for International Education,The Ministry of Education of the Republic of Korea and the GaDoE New

MoU Programs - Sister-School Partnerships:


The Georgia Dual-Immersion Program:

College Readiness and Performance Index:

GA World Languages Data, Policies, and Initiatives:

World Language Pathway:

Proficiency in a World Language adds a competitive advantage in all career fields. Employees who possess the ability to communicate effectively with global partners are considered vital to all business currently doing business abroad or who wish to expand internationally. It should be noted that world language proficiency at the advanced level can increase an employees salary by 20% or more.

Program Models:


Schools in the News:

New PASCH Schools:

Congratulations to the newest Georgia PASCH schools. These schools were honored by the German Consul General, Mr. Christoph Sander,  at a ceremony on May 14, 2014 in the Goethe Zentrum Atlanta:


Ashford Park Elementary School, Dekalb County Schools

Dalton High School, Dalton Public Schools

Decatur High School, City of Decatur Schools

Kittredge Magnet School, Dekalb County Schools

Northview High School, Fulton County Schools

The Walker School

Whitewater High School, Fayette County Schools


The following schools are the existing Georgia PASCH schools:

Atlanta International School

Chamblee Middle School, Dekalb County Schools

Chamblee High School, Dekalb County Schools

German School of Atlanta

More information about PASCH

PASCH Awards Ceremony May 14 2014































 Content Editor


Calendar of GA World Languages Events

October 2014


Seminar on French-English Immersion Education

November 2014


GaDoE Webinar: Career Relevance - Advocating for our programs by connecting to economic development initiatives


French Teacher Training at the High Museum of Art


Submissions for Greenopoly due:

Greenopoly Flyer

Letter of Invitation

Greenopoly Rules


East Coweta High School Poetry Recitation Competition


German Street Soccer Cup at AIS


ACTFL Conference

December 2014


Deadline to order National German Exams

(Level 2-4)


GaDoE Webinar: On Cultural Connections


Deadline to apply for Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange

January 2015


GaDoE Webinar: How Technology can Support your Teaching and your Students' Learning


State German Convention



GaDoE Webinar: Embedded Readings: Acquisition and Literacy in the Latin Classroom

March 2015


Deadline to order National German Exams

(Level 1 only)


FLAG/SCOLT Conference


 Contact Information


Dr. Greg Barfield

Lead Program Specialist: World Languages and Global Initiatives

Phone: 404-651-5363

Fax: 404-651-8582



Michaela Claus-Nix

Program Specialist: World Languages and Workforce Initiatives

Phone: 404-651-8373

Fax: 404-651-8582



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