Professional Development

Degree Programs

James Madison University 

Dual Master’s Degree in Spanish Language and Culture for Educators and Teachers of Spanish as a Foreign Language

Virginia Tech

Master of Arts in Foreign Languages, Cultures, and Literatures (FLCL)


AATSP (Call for Proposals closes Nov. 1st)

July 9-12, 2020
Caribe Hilton Hotel
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Español y Portugués para un mundo multilingüe y multicultural
Espanhol e Português para um mundo multilíngue e multicultural
Spanish and Portuguese for a multilingual and multicultural world


FLAVA Fall and Spring Conference


2019 Annual Convention and World Languages Expo

November 22-24, 2019
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC

801 Mount Vernon Place NW
Washington, DC 20001


FLAVA Teachers Workshops 2019-2020

October 24, 2019

¡Habla en español, tio!​- Changing teaching styles to engage Generation Z students effectively

Javier Buenadicha Gomez

Generation Z (those born between late 1990s and early 2000s) has already arrived to high school and college. Their use of technology and the Internet is remarkably different from their predecessors, with an emphasis on social media. This makes their interests, ways of communicating and learning styles remarkably different.  As a result, language instructors face new challenges in how to successfully instruct this generation of students. Why is learning a language important? How do we make students speak in L2 most of the time? These are some of the questions we will try to answer in this session that is geared towards teachers of ALL world languages.

December 5, 2019

Moving Towards Proficiency

Eric S. Jaworski 

Language proficiency implies the ability to have a fluid (verbal or written) conversation. This means not being stopped by a lack of knowledge!  Proficient speakers do not need to know every single word. They do need, however, familiarity with other words and major grammatical structures in order to be able to fill in any missing piece(s) and offer an appropriate reply, before the conversation could devolve into long, blank stares or drawn-out repetitions. In both receiving and giving information, this also necessitates not relying too heavily on nonverbal cues.​ In this workshop, we will discuss how we can move our students in the right direction where proficiency becomes a natural part of the communication process.

January 30, 2020

Designing Activities for Meaningful and Spontaneous Interpersonal Communication

Lily Anne Goetz

Do you want your students to use the target language in meaningful, spontaneous interactions, instead of writing, memorizing and presenting tired, meaningless dialogues?  In this workshop, participants will participate in a technique that engages all students in meaningful and spontaneous oral interpersonal communication, taking risks and negotiating meaning to resolve unexpected issues as speakers do in real life.  Attendees will brainstorm to create original “scenarios” for use in their classes.  Handouts and examples will be provided.

Summer Courses

University of Mary Washington

UMW in Spain: Spanish OR Interdisciplinary Studies at the Universidad de Deusto in Bilbao

Program Dates: Juny 25-July 30. Application Deadline: April 1, 2020

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