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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!​​

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​Important Upcoming Events

 ​​​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!​

GADII 2017 Summary!

The 4th annual Georgia Dual Language Immersion Institute (GADII) was a great success at Garden Hills Elementary and the Atlanta International School this year!  We had record registration with over 250 registered attendees!

Language Immersion teachers, administrators, world language supervisors, and dual language immersion experts from many in-state universities and colleges heard a keynote delivered by Dual Language Immersion Specialist Marie Bouteillon and attended best practice sessions, workshops, and saw a video component in collaboration with GaDOE Georgia Virtual Staff as well as breakfast, lunch, and snacks provided by world language and immersion education vendors.​  We look forward to seeing you at next year's GADII 2018!

You can view some of the presentations made at GADII this year via our presentation Link​.

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

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 - September 21, November 30 and January 25.
Teacher to Teacher Video/Webinar Series

Upcoming Teacher to Teachers Series Webinars/Videos - 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 - 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 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 to proficiency Webinar/Video 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



 Upcoming World Language Events

< August 2017 >
 Sun  Mon  Tue  Wed  Thu  Fri  Sat 
  Atlanta German Business and Education Summit
  GaDOE World Language University/College Advisory Board Meeting

 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