The Vermont Foreign Language Association envisions a Vermont of multilingual global citizens who collaborate and connect to the world as a result of meaningful world language experiences.
The Vermont Foreign Language Association condemns any form of bigotry or hatred. Indeed, the learning and teaching of world languages is rooted in the belief that we are enriched by our exchanges with those who are different from us, and that diversity is a beautiful, vital part of our world. Our domain values diverse voices and perspectives; we further commit to elevating those that have been marginalized. Our learning environments reflect our diverse world through our choice of literature, cultural curriculum, and classroom materials. In our classrooms, students and teachers must examine their own biases as they gain knowledge of other cultures, so that we respond to difference with empathy and respect and recognize and expose patterns of discrimination. Ultimately, the work in our classrooms should dismantle ignorance and empower our students to stand up against injustice.
"Poetry is what is lost in translation." ~ Robert Frost
Calling all Vermont French and Spanish students! You are cordially invited to participate in the Vermont Foreign Language Association's inaugural poetry recitation contest and community event.
Each participant, in grades Pre-K - 12 will be asked to recite from memory one pre-selected poem between Sunday, April 11 and Friday, April 16. Students will record their recitations using FlipGrid, and a panel of judges will review the recordings.
Judging is based on pronunciation, memorization, and performance, and awards will be given in each category.
For more information, click here
Check our VFLAPadlet
Find ready to use resources from our members.
VFLA Essay and Poster Contests 2020
Congratulations to the students winners and their teachers.
Click here to see the posters winners
”With languages, you are at home anywhere"
~Edmund de Waal~
The Seal of Biliteracy
was awarded to fourteen
Vermont High School seniors!
The Seal of Biliteracy offers students a purpose in second language study because by achieving proficiency, they will receive recognition that is useful for college applications as well as employment opportunities. It does not denote fluency, it denotes proficiency. It means that a person can communicate with a high degree of comprehension in both speaking and writing, as well as in understanding and reading. This past year 14 students in Vermont received the Seal of Biliteracy. We anticipate many more students becoming eligible this year as 3 large districts in Chittenden County alone hope to implement the Seal (Burlington, South Burlington and Essex), along with many other schools. Most exciting is that it also extends to non-native English speakers who are fluent in their native language, and hopefully by graduation will be proficient in English, thereby qualifying for the Seal.
The VFLA will supply the Seals for you to award. It consists of a medallion on a lanyard. We will also supply you with start up documents and a "road map" for what is needed We will add you to an email group of collaborators and support you all the way!
Please reply to us here and we will be back in touch with you and add you to the group! Now is the time to start planning!
VFLA Distinguished Teacher award
Congratulations To Magali Simon-Martin
2021 VFLA Distinguished Teacher!
The VFLA presents the Distinguished Teacher Award to a world language teacher who:
The VFLA Board of Directors
Without volunteers, VFLA would cease to exist.
Have you ever wanted to help advocate for World Languages on a statewide level? How about becoming a member of the Vermont Foreign Language Association Board of Directors?
Becoming a Board member is a unique opportunity to support and strengthen your profession in Vermont and beyond. In addition to having an influence on the future of world languages in VT and helping to guide the VFLA in serving the professional needs of its members, benefits of being on the VFLA Board include free membership, free conference, and you can apply to your LSB for PD hours based. For more information about being a VFLA board member click here.