Foreign Language Alliance for International Rapport
What is FLAIR?
One of the first foreign language alliances in the state of Georgia, FLAIR was founded
in 1985 to serve the CSRA and is supported by the Department of English and Foreign
Languages of Augusta University.
What is FLAIR’s mission?
To foster an awareness of cultural diversity and to learn from it; to provide teachers
and students opportunities to share experiences; to sponsor a student honor society;
and to keep abreast with the field through conferences and special programs.
Who can be a member?
Anyone interested in promoting foreign languages in the CSRA. Teachers and students,
from public and private schools, as well as members of the community can belong to
FLAIR. There are total of twenty-one counties that are a part of flair: fifteen counties
from Georgia and six counties from South Carolina.
How much are dues?
Membership is free and open to all.
How can I become a member?
If you are a foreign language teacher and have been receiving our mailings, you are
already a member. If you have not received any information, call a member of the steering
committee to have your name put on our mailing list.
What FLAIR offers you:
- An annual conference, hosted by Augusta University, Paine College or Richmond County
schools on a variety of themes. Our most successful conferences include “The Caribbean
Connection: Culture, History and Literature,” “Chocolate: Food of the Gods,” and “TPR-Story
Telling” with Blaine Ray.
- A variety of programs, designed to meet teacher needs and keep abreast of innovations
in methodology and advancements in technology.
- The FLAIR Honor Society for all qualified high school students, held in March in the
Performing Arts Theater of Augusta University. The initiation fee includes a certificate,
an embossed seal for their high school diploma, a printed program and a reception
in their honor. A door prize is awarded to one or two students from each school.
- FLAIR Student of the Year awards. The outstanding student of each school is recognized
at our annual honor society induction. Each student is awarded a certificate and a
gift from FLAIR. Of these students, one is chosen to receive the FLAIR Student of
the Year award, the highest honor bestowed by FLAIR. The recipient receives a plaque,
a gift, recognition in the local newspaper and the FLAIR newsletter, and an invitation
by the State Department of Education to attend a special awards ceremony in Atlanta.
- The FLAIR Teacher of the Year award, which honors an outstanding teacher, active in
local, regional, and state professional activities. The honoree receives a plaque,
a gift, and recognition at the local and state levels.
- A newsletter, published three or four times a year, announcing programs, conferences, contest
results and a foreign language calendar. Please submit items of interest to the editor,
Jana Sandarg, at Augusta University.
- Teacher Grants, available for professional growth and projects that benefit local
schools. Submit proposals to a steering committee member.
- Teacher & Student Study Abroad Scholarships, available for professional growth and
projects that benefit local schools. Submit proposals to a steering committee member.
- A forum for professional growth and friendship. Together we can promote the teaching
of foreign languages and cultures in the CSRA.
How is FLAIR organized?
FLAIR is run by a steering committee open to all members at all times. There is no chair of the committee and no obligations
for members. Everyone has a voice, and decisions are reached by consensus.