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 Georgia World Languages Professional Development Page

​Every day, across the great state of Georgia, world language teaching professionals enter their classrooms and share the world beyond our borders with their students. They strive to give their students not only the linguistic tools they will need to enter the global arena, but also the cultural competencies they will need to be competitive in the workforce. This page is, first and foremost, dedicated to these professionals and their students.  

This website serves several functions:
  • ​It serves as a repository for Professional Development webinars related to various world language programs and aspects.
  • It serves as an online nexus to connect to other open source Professional Development opportunities with regards to World Language and cultural Education.
  • It serves to inform world language teaching professionals in Georgia about our upcoming Professional Development opportunities.
  • It serves to highlight the capabilities in-state language and cultural partners can provide to support language and cultural programs statewide.
  • It serves to link to websites and research related to world language education in Georgia.

Call to Action!  
​​The Need: The growth of Dual Language Immersion Programs in Georgia and the introduction of Georgia’s new Seal of Biliteracy and the subsequent need to focus on building proficiencies has led to a desperate need to both better understand the effectiveness and results of the DLI model and to support increased quality professional development opportunities for world language teachers across Georgia.

The Response:  To meet the need, we are raising funds to provide much needed support for dual language immersion programs as well as critical quality professional development opportunities for world language educators statewide!  We are excited to partner with the Georgia Foundation for Public Education in this important work!

How do I donate?  Please navigate to the website for the Georgia Foundation for Public Education –  Click the Donate button in the top right and donate!  We thank you in advance for your support!  All Donations are tax deductible!

“Together, we build better communities and more opportunities!”

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​Important Upcoming Events

The World Languages Department of the Georgia Department of Education is proud to announce that the program for the 4th annual GADII (Georgia's Dual Language Immersion Institute) has been confirmed.  This year's GADII will take place from July 11-12, 2017 and will be co-hosted by the Atlanta International School and Garden Hills Elementary School. Registration for the event is free and is available by clicking on the link below.  This year's GADII features free DLI workshops for both teachers and administrators, several interest sessions, a DLI video project, an opportunity to connect with sponsors of DLI materials and the chance to network with fellow teachers, administrators and experts in DLI education!  Please join us for this great opportunity to learn more about DLI and the unique challenges and opportunities of such programs.

Register to attend the Institute by following this link.
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​​​​General Programs Informational Webinars
The International Skills Diploma Seal
Georgia's New Seal of Biliteracy
  1. Georgia's Seal of Biliteracy 2017.pptxGeorgia's Seal of Biliteracy 2017.pptx / Powerpoint
  2. Link to webinar on Georgia's Seal of Biliteracy / Webinar
Georgia's Dual Language Immersion Model
The Road Ahead 
Upcoming Webinars:
 ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Discover your potential and become a World Language Teacher- Thursday, July 6th, 2017.  10am - 11am.  In Georgia, and in many places across our nation, we have a critical needs shortage of qualified world language teachers.  This webinar will explore the reasons why you should consider the world language teaching profession and explore the steps you need to take to set you on that path.  Please register for this webinar by following this link​.

Dual Language Immersion Webinar Sereis

Upcoming Dual Language Immersion Webinars for next year. Please mark your calendar to attend.  Most will take place after school. 4:00-5:00 pm and will range in duration from 30-45 minutes.  Exact times may vary and will be announced in advance.
DLI Teacher Series - August 24th, October 26th, December 7, February 22 and April 26th.
DLI Administrator Series - July 18, September 21, November 30 and January 25.
Teacher to Teacher Webinar Series

Upcoming Teacher to Teachers Series Webinars - Teachers sharing best practices with other teachers.  Most will take place after school. 4:00-5:00 pm and will range in duration from 30-45 minutes.  Exact times may vary and will be announced in advance.

Teacher to Teacher Webinar Dates - August 22, September 19, October 24, Nov 28 and Jan 23.
Langtalks Partnership - In collaboration with CULTR's Lang Talks initiative, we encourage all Georgia teachers to consider sharing their best practices via the langtalks platform.  LangTalks is a grassroots initiative to create short 7-10 minute videos by language educators for language educators. This project is a collaboration between CULTR and ACTFL. For educators who successfully complete a video, they will earn 10 contact hours and 1 PLU from the GaDOE. Additionally, for those who complete a video, ACTFL will grant access to professional development materials behind the pay wall on their website.​

​International Exchange Programs: Best Practices Series

Here we will highlight successful exchange programs and the teachers who are engaged in these programs will share their best practices for such exchanges.

​Pathways to proficiency Series

Here we will be focusing on teaching methodologies that enhance the proficiency outcomes of our students. 

An Introduction to proficiency and competency based instruction
proficiency.pptxproficiency.pptx / Powerpoint

​Georgia's World Language and Cultural Partners Series

Here we will highlight the opportunities in state language and cultural partners can provide in the work of language and cultural teaching.

Link to CULTR Webinar​  (May 25, 2017)

Georgia's innovative DSD Statewide Initiative
Updated webinar for DSD.pptUpdated webinar for DSD.ppt  Powerpoint
       Link to Webinar on DSD / Webinar


 Contact Information

​​​Mr. Patrick Wallace
Program Specialist for World Languages & Global Work Initiatives
Office Phone: 404-651-8373
Mobile Phone: 404-694-4633

 Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities


  • Somos Nos​ - Brazil on the move (June 20 - 23)
  • 2017 Georgia STARTTALK Program Chinese & Turkish (July 3 - 15)
  • Webinar - Thursday, July 6th 10am - 11am (Discover your potential and become a World Language Teacher​)
  • GADII 2017 (July 11-12)​CLASE Summer Workshops (multiple dates - see calendar)
  • German Business and Education Summit (July 31 7:30am - 9:30)

 Upcoming World Language Events

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 Sun  Mon  Tue  Wed  Thu  Fri  Sat 
  Webinar - An introduction to Georgia's International Skills Diploma Seal
  CLASE Summer Institute
  CLASE Summer Institute
  Somos Nos - Brazil on the Move - Teacher Workshop
  CLASE Summer Institute
  Somos Nos - Brazil on the Move - Teacher Workshop
  Somos Nos - Brazil on the Move - Teacher Workshop
  Somos Nos - Brazil on the Move - Teacher Workshop
  CLASE Summer Institute - Spanish
  CLASE Summer Institute - Spanish
  CLASE Summer Institute - Spanish
  CLASE Summer Institute - Spanish

 RESA (Regional Education Service Agencies) Links


 World Language Professional Organizations

ACTFL​ (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages)
SCOLT (Southern Conference on Language Teaching)
FLAG​ (Foreign Language Association of Georgia)​
CASIE (Center for Advancement and Study of International Education)
MLA​ (Modern Language Association)​
NABE (National Association for Bilingual Education)
NCSSFL​ (National Council for State Supervisors of Language)
NADSFL ​(National Association of District Supervisors of Foreign Languages)​
ASHA (American Speech-Language Association)
ASTA​ (American Sign Language Teacher's Association)
SAMLA (Southern Atlantic Modern Language Association)
CLA (College Language Association)​

 Language Specific Professional Organizations

​​AATSP (American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese)
AATG (American Association of Teachers of German)
AATF​ (American Association of Teachers of French)
GCA (Georgia Classical Association)
GCLE (Georgia Chinese Language Educators)
GATJE (Georgia Association of Teachers of Japanese)
GJCL ​(Georgia Junior Classical League)
GAD ​(Georgia Association of the Deaf)


  World Language/Cultural/International Organizations in Georgia


 World Language Links

​​Georgia Virtual School​ ​- World Languages Department
CARLA​ - (Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition)
CGE (Center for Global Engagement at UNG)

Georgia World Language University and College Program links