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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.

GaLearns World Language Course is now open!

​​The Georgia Department of World Languages is happy to announce the opening of the first of several online courses under development designed to introduce world language teachers and administrators to the NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements​.  These courses are being developed in partnership with NCSSFL & ACTFL and we are excited to offer them free to anyone and everyone in the United States and beyond.  The first course, Getting Started with Can-Do Statements, is the first course in a 3 course unit entitled, Understanding and Using the Novice Level NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements.  A digital badge of completion will be provided at the completion of each course.  For information on how to access the free course, please reference the pdf guidance below.

Create your free account at GaLearns here​.

Below are the flyers for those courses currently released.
​The initial 3 course series is designed to be taken sequentially.

 WL-GALEARNS flyer.pdfWL-GALEARNS flyer.pdf - Introductory Flyer for 1st course
WL2-GALEARNS flyer.pdfWL2-GALEARNS flyer.pdf - Introductory Flyer for 2nd course

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We are now accepting proposals for the first ever World Language Fall Forum on Oct 27th in Pickens County! Come join us as we gather together with educators from surrounding districts and states to share best practices and learn from each other in the beautiful north Georgia mountains!  Come for the professional development but stay and experience late October and the beautiful fall foliage!  We are now accepting session proposal via this link.  Registration is free via this link​ We hope to see you there!

The Georgia Department of Education World Languages in collaboration with the Savannah-Chatham School System and Georgia Southern University are pleased to offer the 2018 World Languages Collaborative unConference in Savannah!  Join us for a World Languages resource exchange and discussions, swap ideas for technology resources, instructional strategies, assessment ideas and network with other k-16 World Language educators in the Savannah area in public, private and charter institutions.  The event will take placea t Gamble Hall on the Armstrong campus of Georgia Southern University.  Register Here!

2018 World Languages Collaborative unConference advertisement.pdf2018 World Languages Collaborative unConference advertisement.pdf

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 ​​​GaDOE World Language Educator of the Month Program!
Every day, all across the great state of Georgia, world language educators at all grade levels are making a world of difference in our schools!  This program is designed to honor these educators and celebrate the impact their efforts have on the lives of our students! 

Do you know a current world language teacher that has made a difference in your life or the lives of others!  Do you know a teacher who goes above and beyond to provide students the critical language and cultural competencies needed for the workforce of today and tomorrow?  Whether you are a parent, student, colleague or citizen, we invite you to tell us about them!  Please fill out our online nomination form here.  Thank you for nominating!​

New Guidance at a Glance Certification Document

In an effort to make the certification process easier to understand for prospective world language teachers here in Georgia, we are pleased to provide this document to help answer your questions!

Revised Certification Guidance at a glance for World Language Educators in Georgia.pdf​


​​​​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 
Webinar Archives:
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Dual Language Immersion Webinar/Video Series

 
Teacher to Teacher Video/Webinar Series


Tips for the Spanish Classroom​ - Mrs. Downey - February 2018

​International Exchange Programs: Best Practices Video/Webinar 

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 toward Proficiency Series

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
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Updated webinar for DSD.pptUpdated webinar for DSD.ppt  Powerpoint
       Link to Webinar on DSD / Webinar

​​​​​​​​​GaDOE World Language Updates (Archive)

 ​​​​​​​​​​​GaDOE World Language Update Jan 3, 2018.pdfGaDOE World Language Update Jan 3, 2018.pdf

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 Contact Information

 
​​​Mr. Patrick Wallace
Program Specialist for World Languages & Global Work Initiatives
Office Phone: 404-651-8373
Mobile Phone: 404-694-4633
pwallace@doe.k12.ga.us
 

 Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

 

Sept 21st

Deadline for Poetry Submissions for KSU German Poetry competition

Sept 24-28

#LearnASLInGa – ASL Focus Week

Sept 28th

CULTR World Languages Day

AATSP Georgia Chapter Teacher Immersion Camp (contact JSANDARG@augusta.edu for details.

GATESOL Conference in Covington Sept 28-29th

Deadline for Proposals for the Pickens County World Language Fall Forum

Sept 30th

Deadline for FLAG Session Proposals

Oct 1-7

#LearnGermanInGa – German Focus Week

October 12th

Metro World Language Coordinator Meeting

October 20th

2018 World Languages Collaborative unConference

October 23rd

GaDOE WL University/College Advisory Board Meeting Online 1-2pm

October 27th

Pickens County World Language Fall Forum

Register here!  

Nov 1-7

#LearnFrenchInGa – French Focus Week

November 13-15

NADSFL/NCSSFL Conferences in New Orleans

November 16-18

ACTFL Conference in New Orleans

November 27th – 29th

Opportunity to decorate German-American Christmas Trees at the Atlanta Christmas Market. Contact office@christkindlmarket.org for details.

November 30th

6pm Official opening of the Atlanta German Christmas Market

December 1st

African Studies Association Teacher Workshop

December 6th

Online World Language District Coordinator Meeting

January 22nd

GaDOE WL University/College Advisory Board Meeting Online 1-2pm

January 26th

DLI in a Day Professional Development Day at the Globe Academy

January 28th

World Language Education Symposium for District and School Level Leaders

February 1st

World Language Education Symposium for World Languages Teachers

Feb 1st – 2nd

AATG State German Convention

Feb 6th-9th

7th Annual International Conference on Immersion

Feb 9th

Northwest Georgia World Language Symposium – Berry College

Feb 18 - 22

#HeritageLanguagesInGa – Heritage Languages Focus Week

Feb 22-24th

AATF French Immersion Weekend

Feb 28th

Online World Language District Coordinator Meeting

March 8-9

FLAG Conference in Augusta

March 11-15

#LearnPortugueseInGa – Portuguese Focus Week

March 12th -15th

International TESOL Conference in Atlanta

March 18th

South GA World Language Symposium Day 1: Instructional Leaders March 18, 2019 10:00-2:00 at CPRESA in Lenox (District and School Leaders - lunch provided)

March 19th

South GA World Language Symposium Day 2: Teachers March 19, 2019 9:00-3:00 at CPRESA in Lenox (Teachers - breakfast and lunch provided)

March 21-23rd

SCOLT Conference in Myrtle Beach

April 1-5

#LearnArabicInGa – Arabic Focus Week

April 8-10

#LearnRussianInGa – Russian Focus Week

April 9th

GaDOE WL University/College Advisory Board Meeting Online 1-2pm

April 25th -26th

Georgia World Language Leadership Institute

May 6-10

#LearnChineseInGa – Chinese Focus Week

May 13-17

#LearnJapaneseInGa – Japanese Focus Week

 

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 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)
AATSP (Georgia Chapter)
AATG (American Association of Teachers of German)
AATG (Georgia Chapter)
AATF​ (American Association of Teachers of French)
AATF (Georgia Chapter)
GCA (Georgia Classical Association)
CLTA (Chinese Language Teachers of America)
GCLE (Georgia Chinese Language Educators)
GATJE (Georgia Association of Teachers of Japanese)
AATJ (American Association of Teachers of Japanese)
AATI (American Association of Teachers of Italian)
ACL (American Classical League)
GJCL ​(Georgia Junior Classical League)
ASLTA​ (American Sign Language Teacher's Association)
GAD ​(Georgia Association of the Deaf)
GATA​ (Georgia Arabic Teacher's Association)
AATA​ (American Association of Teachers of Arabic)
AATSEEL​ (American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European languages)

 
 

  World Language/Cultural/International Organizations in Georgia

 
 

 World Language Links