Languages for Rockbridge

To promote language and culture study at an early age, Washington and Lee University has implemented a program whereby students in area elementary and middle schools can be enrolled in French, Spanish, German, Arabic, Chinese, or Japanese not-for-credit classes taught by trained student volunteers from the University. The schools themselves determine which language(s) is preferred.  

The program, Languages for Rockbridge, began in the fall of 2010 with one Spanish class with eight students and a student volunteer enrolled in the Education Studies course, Methods for World Language. It has since grown to multiple language and culture classes with hundreds of students participating from elementary and middle schools in the Rockbridge area. 

School divisions involved are Lexington City Schools, Buena Vista City Public Schools, and Rockbridge County Schools. Curriculums for each of the languages have been developed by W&L summer research scholars under the direction of Professors Dick Kuettner and Lenna Ojure (retired), both with the Education Studies Program at W&L.  For more information on this program, contact Professor Dick Kuettner at