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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.

Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Parlez-vous Français? Georgia Says 'Oui,' Leads Southeast In World Language Education​!  Find out more via this link!​​

RESA Workshops for 2019-2020

This year we will be travelling across the state delivering workshops on core practices and updates in World Languages and Global Education.

10/2/2019 - SouthWest Ga RESA (Link to Register)

10/17/2019 - NWGa RESA (Link to register)

10/24/2019 - West Ga RESA (Link to register)

10/28/2019 – Metro RESA (Link to register)

2/11/2020—NWGa RESA (Link to register)

2/18/2020 – Metro RESA (Link to register)

11/8/2019 – Chatt-Flint RESA (Link to register)

GaDOE World Languages is a proud supporter of the #WunderbarTogether Pop-Up Tour coming to Atlanta Sept 24 - 28th. We invite you to join us for a week of celebrating German/Georgia Friendship!​  More information below....

WunderbarTogether_PopUp Tour Atl Program as of Sep 5 2019.pdfWunderbarTogether_PopUp Tour Atl Program as of Sep 5 2019.pdf

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Our friends at the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta are hosting a High School Immersion Day on Saturday, October 5 from 10 am – 3 pm.​  Lunch will be provided.  For more information and to register follow this link.​


​Our friends from the Alliance Française d’Atlanta are offering a French & Francophone Middle School Visual Art Contest.  See the flyer below for specific details.  

MS French  Francophone Culture High School Essay Contest.pdfMS French Francophone Culture High School Essay Contest.pdf

Our friends from the Alliance Française d’Atlanta are offering a French & Francophone Culture High School Essay Contest.  See the flyer below for specific details.  
HS French  Francophone Culture High School Essay Contest (1).pdfHS French Francophone Culture High School Essay Contest (1).pdf


The French Cultural Service in Atlanta has teamed up with the Georgia Department of Education World Languages and Global Initiatives to organize a workshop dedicated to French DLI programs on Saturday, October 5 at Evansdale Elementary School.​  Follow this link for more details!  


The Georgia Department of Education in partnership with the Japanese Consulate of Atlanta, Ga Association of Teachers of Japanese, Japanese American Society of Georgia and the International Charter Academy of Georgia is proud to present the 1st Annual Georgia Japanese Language and Cultural Teacher Workshop​


Come join us for the inaugural 2019 Jubilee International Symposium at the Habitat for Humanity Global Village in Americus Ga. This first of a kind symposium will be focused on the importance of global learning, world language education, global workforce needs and the importance of intercultural competence in today's world. This event will feature a variety of speakers on various topics including, national, state and local opportunities to become engaged in global education, how to partner with local, national, state and international organizations to enhance cross cultural education in the classroom and service learning models and opportunities in the world language classroom.

Register Free via this Link

Jubilee International Symposium flyer Revised.pdfJubilee International Symposium flyer Revised.pdf​

2019 Jubilee International Symposium Draft Agenda.pdf2019 Jubilee International Symposium Draft Agenda.pdf

"The road is long and it’s a long way to go. I will go up and down." In order to help Chinese teachers better understand the development trends and teaching methods of new Chinese teaching, and share effective classroom teaching methods and skills, Georgia Chinese Teachers Association, Georgia State University Confucius Institute (GSUCI) and Georgia Department of Education World Languages (GaDOE) will host a joint Chinese language teaching seminar on September 28, 2019​

Register via this link.

Fall 2019 Chinese Teacher Training Forum.pdfFall 2019 Chinese Teacher Training Forum.pdf
Program for Georgia Conference on Chinese Teaching K-16.pdfProgram for Georgia Conference on Chinese Teaching K-16.pdf

Atlanta Global Studies Center Call for Proposals​

The Atlanta GlobalStudies Center ​seeks proposals from K12 teachers for course development projects in less commonly taught languages and global learning. Priority will be given to proposals that include engaging lesson ideas for teachers and students, easily-reproduceable lesson plans for a unit along with supporting teaching materials in the target language or content area, and resources for extending lessons. Grant funding will be awarded as a professional stipend to compensate teachers for devoting their time to develop quality materials to enhance language instruction in the target languages.  Deadline for submissions is October 1st.

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
WL3-GALEARNS flyer.pdfWL3-GALEARNS flyer.pdf - Introductory Flyer for 3rd course

Online Professional Learning Communities for Georgia WL Teachers

  • ​A new online PLC community for World Language teachers is now available via EdWeb:  We invite you to join and connect with other world language teachers in Georgia. ​

World Language Options beyond High School

The Georgia Department of Education World Languages and Global Workforce Initiatives, in cooperation with the GaDOE World Language University/College Advsiory Board is pleased to offer the following documents to help with articulation of language programs K-Workforce.  (Please check back in with us as we add to this area.)

 ​​​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!​

Want to be certified as a World Language Educator in Ga?

The Georgia state cerfification agency is called the Georgia Professional Standards Commission​ (GaPSC).  They offer a variety of tools to help prospective teachers find the pathways to certification to meet their needs.  These can be found here.​  You may find both the Steps to Becoming a Georgia Teacher​ and the Certificate Explorer ​features helpful along with the other tools provided there.

In an effort to make the certification process easier to understand for prospective world language teachers here in Georgia, we are pleased to provide these additional resources to help answer your questions.  Please refer to the above information or contact the PSC directly at​ for additional assistance.

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

Certification Guidance at a glance for World Language Educators in Georgia SPAN.pdfCertification Guidance at a glance for World Language Educators in Georgia SPAN.pdf (Spanish Version)

Pathways to Certification in Georgia.pdfPathways to World Language Teacher Certification in Georgia.pdf

Check out the LangCred Site for nationwide information on teacher preparation programs.​

​​​​General Programs Informational Webinars
The International Skills Diploma Seal

For more information on the International Skills Diploma Seal program, please review the recorded webinar below.

2018 Webinar reviewing the ISDS Program.

Link to presentation for webinar.​​

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:
 ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Resources provided by KSU Department of Foreign Languages

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 - Mrs. Meredith White
proficiency.pptxproficiency.pptx / Powerpoint

Being Intentional with Proficiency in the World Language Classroom. - Mrs. Bertha Delgadillo.

Proficiency Board Printables.docxProficiency Board Printables.docx (Special Appreciation to Dr. Mark Linsky, Mrs. Meredith White and Mrs. Bertha Delgadillo and creative commons for the resources.)
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​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.

Information on IB Programs in Georgia

All data shown in this presentation were gathered from open sources.  Permission is granted for Georgia schools and other entities to use show these slides and their associated content in any setting with any audience provided that the formatting and CASIE branding are preserved.  This PowerPoint presentation may be opened as a read-only file and shown in presentation mode or printed.  However, slides cannot be altered, rearranged, or copied into another presentation as a safeguard to preserve formatting and CASIE branding.  CASIE welcomes questions and ongoing dialogue about this data and its potential implications for IB schools and educational decision-makers in Georgia.

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

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


 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


Sept 20th

Metro WL Meeting

Sept 21st

AATSP Conference at Johns Creek HS 9am – 4pm.


Sept 24-27

German POP-UP Tour coming to Atlanta #WunderbarTogether

Sept 25th

International Skills Conference

Sept 28th

Chinese Teacher Workshop 9:30-4pm Ga State Univ

French Teacher workshop with TV5Monde.  At CULTR.

Sept 30th

Deadline to submit proposals for 2020 FLAG Conference via this link.


 Upcoming World Language Events

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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