Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Presenting at the MLA 2021 Convention

I am delighted to have had the opportunity to present on “Just in Time: French Language Advocacy in the Post-Covidian Era: Perspectives from the AATF” at the MLA 2021.

Many thanks for the opportunity to the MLA organizers, and special thanks to my co-presenters, Robert Peckham, Founding Chair of the Commission on Advocacy and Past Vice President of the AATF; Jayne Abrate, Executive Director of the AATF; and Sister Mary Helen Kashuba, Past President of the AATF.

I was also delighted to have served as a career counselor in the virtual MLA Career Center https://mla.confex.com/mla/2021/meetingapp.cgi/Session/11495

Languages do matter!

Kathy’s 2020 Update — Fall 2020

I am delighted to share with you that I have been able to continue to promote and to defend French and foreign language learning in the US throughout 2020.

While continuing to advocate through research, writing, and professional engagement through the pandemic, I have also conducted a foreign language advocacy project through my blog, inviting other voices to join the conversation. I continue to serve as Chair of the AATF Commission on Advocacy.

In addition, I have worked to bring Francophones in the US together in order to create a dialog and to lay a groundwork for future collaborative and cooperative advocacy initiatives through AAFLFC, including a podcast series, as well as a guest post series on this blog in the spring featuring governmental and cultural experts from across the globe. In addition, I was featured in two separate interview segments in French on Radio-Canada this fall. While not directly related to languages, language learning, or language advocacy, I was happy to serve as Communications Officer for the NCIS (National Coalition of Independent Scholars) for most of the year.

In November, I was able to attend the annual meeting of ASFAP (American Society of French Academic Palms) where I had the pleasure of hearing guest speaker Mathieu Ausseil, Education Attaché, US
Director, Educational Affairs.

You may view a 2020 midyear update @https://kathleensteinsmith.wordpress.com/2020/07/19/kathys-2020-mid-year-update/

My 2020 publications thus far are as follows —

Article Reviewer

Diplomacy & Statecraft. February 2020 –

Articles (in reverse chronological order) —

“The Independent Scholar as Change Agent: The Case of Foreign Language Advocacy.” JLTR: Journal of Language Teaching and Research v 11, n 5, Sept 2020. http://www.academypublication.com/ojs/index.php/jltr/issue/view/105

“Our French-Canadian Legacy — Past, Present, and Future.” FCL Blog August 17, 2020. https://fclpodcast.com/blog/

“The US Needs a National Language Policy.” July 16, 2020, France-Amérique    https://france-amerique.com/en/the-u-s-needs-a-national-language-policy/

“French is Back!” Language Magazine July 2020 p. 34-37.

“Intentional Foreign Language Advocacy: Skills Set, Mindset, and Core Value.” TPLS: Theory and Practice in Language Studies v. 10 no. 5 May 2020 http://www.academypublication.com/ojs/index.php/tpls/article/view/tpls1005473480

“7 reasons to learn a foreign language” The Conversation 17 December 2019 https://theconversation.com/7-reasons-to-learn-a-foreign-language-112369

My 2020 presentations thus far are as follows —

Presentations (in reverse chronological order)

Presentation on “Foreign Languages: A World of Opportunities, Globally and Locally” at Care & Share Day at Frank W. Gavlak School, Wallington (Dec 2, 2020).

Presentation on “Foreign Languages: A World of Opportunities.” Career Night, Rider University (Oct 21, 2020).

Presentation on “World Language Advocacy: Looking to the Future” at the NYSAFLT Annual Conference 2020 (Oct 2020).

Presentation on “Beyond Languages: Foreign Language Advocacy in a Globalized World” at the FLAVA 2020 Virtual Fall 2020 Conference (Oct 10, 2020).

Presentation on  “Sharpening Our Foreign Language Skills for 2020 and Beyond” with co-presenter Sister Mary Helen Kashuba at the DECTFL 2020 Virtual Conference (Oct 9, 2020).

Presentation on “The Many Languages One World Essay Contest and Global Youth Forum” (Theme: Embedding Global Learning Multilingualism, Language Acquisition, and Global Learning Outcomes) at the AAC&U Virtual Conference on Global Learning (Oct 8, 2020).

Presentation on the impact of Many Languages One World at the MLOW Reflections conference. (Sept 27, 2020).

Presentation on “AATF Commission on Advocacy Presents French Language and Francophone Culture in the U.S.: Linkages with Advocacy,” with co-presenter, Tennessee Bob Peckham, Founding Chair, at the AATF Professional Development Zoom Webinars (July 1, 2020). This was a virtual event replacing the traditional in-person conference cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Virtual Poster Presentation on “The Diverse U.S. Culture, Heritage Languages, and International Education” at the NAFSA 2020 eConnection (May 27, 2020), replacing the in-person conference cancelled due to COVID.

Presentation on “French Language and Francophone Culture in the United States,” at the Englewood Public Library Online (May 5, 2020).

Podcast presentation on “The Power of Language” on the North American Francophone Podcast.  https://www.thefrancophone.com/listen-1/episode/4a95e343/a-conversation-with-dr-kathleen-stein-smith-the-power-of-language (April 5, 2020). 

Presentation on  “The Importance of Foreign Language Advocacy: The Future Is Clear,” at the OFLA Conference in Cincinnati (April 3, 2020). (Conference cancelled due to COVID).

Presentation on “Languages – Mobility in a Global and Multilingual World” at the SCOLT (Southern Conference on Language Teaching) conference in Mobile (March 28, 2020). (Conference cancelled due to COVID).

Presentation on “Our Diverse American Cultural Identity, Heritage, and Foreign Language Advocacy” at the SCOLT (Southern Conference on Language Teaching) conference in Mobile (March 27, 2020). (Conference cancelled due to COVID).

Invited speaker on “Language Learning: A World of Opportunities” at the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Montclair State University, Upper Montclair, NJ (March 25, 2020). (Event cancelled due to COVID).

Presentation on “Foreign Language Advocacy and Access for All to Language Learning” for the CSCTFL (Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) conference in Minneapolis (March 14, 2020). (Conference ended early, due to COVID, before presentation scheduled).

Presentation on “Foreign Language Advocacy and the Opportunity to Learn Another Language” at the NECTFL (Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) 2020 conference in NYC (February 14, 2020).

Presentation on “Languages and the Interdisciplinary Department” at the MLA (Modern Language Association) Convention in Seattle (January 11, 2020)

Featured in — podcasts, interviews, etc.

(In reverse chronological order)

Interview on Radio-Canada’s Point du jour with Elsie Miclisse on  the importance of language learning and multilingualism in the US (Nov 10, 2020). https://ici.radio-canada.ca/premiere/emissions/point-du-jour/segments/entrevue/208873/femmes-en-politique-americaine-etats-unis-election-presidentielle-kamala-harris

Interview on Radio-Canada’s Point du jour with Elsie Miclisse on  the importance of language learning and multilingualism in the US (Oct 7, 2020) https://ici.radio-canada.ca/premiere/emissions/point-du-jour/segments/panel/203470/campagne-electorale-elections-president-contexte-politique-systeme-de-sante-education

Podcast conversation on “the power of language” on the North American Francophone Podcast with Claire-Marie Brisson (posted 5 April 2020) https://www.thefrancophone.com/listen-1/episode/4a95e343/a-conversation-with-dr-kathleen-stein-smith-the-power-of-language

Podcast conversation on “language learning and global citizenship”  on the FIU Making Global Learning Universal Podcast with Stephanie Doscher (posted 4 February 2020) https://globallearningpodcast.fiu.edu/season-2/episode-7-kathleen-stein-smith/index.html

You can view a 2020 midyear update @https://kathleensteinsmith.wordpress.com/2020/07/19/kathys-2020-mid-year-update/

Languages do matter!

“The Independent Scholar as Change Agent: The Case of Foreign Language Advocacy” – my newest article

I am delighted that my newest article, “The Independent Scholar as Change Agent: The Case of Foreign Language Advocacy,” has been published in the current September 2020 issue of JLTR: Journal of Language Teaching and Research.

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Read more @ http://www.academypublication.com/ojs/index.php/jltr/issue/view/105

Languages do matter!

Reader Favorites Revisited — the guest post series on language learning and use

Although written in the early days of the pandemic this spring as we were all learning to continue the advocacy conversation about languages and learning in a more completely online environment, I am delighted to share with you that these wonderful guest posts continue to be popular with “Language Matters” readers.

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Special thanks to all who contributed their thoughts to this series, and who continue to contribute every day to language learning and to the use of additional languages.

Read all the fascinating guest posts (in chronological order) @

My Love Affair with the French Language — Guest Post by Monique Y. Wells 

Interview with François Grosjean — A Guest Post

The Survival of Foreign-Language Learning in a Post-Covidian Future — a Guest Post by Tennessee Bob Peckham, PhD

“Louisiana Perspectives” — Guest Post by Joseph Dunn 

Advancing Internationalization at Home Through Campus-based Multilingual Connections — Guest Post by  Stephanie Doscher, Ed.D

Language as Superpower — A Guest Post by Amanda J. Haste, PhD

“Un prof de français un peu bizarre…” — A Guest Post by Brian Thompson, PhD

Interview with Guillaume Lacroix, Consul General of France to the Midwest in Chicago — A Guest Post

The Renaissance of the Francophonie in New England — A Guest Post by Noah Ouellette

“The French-Canadian Legacy” — A Guest Post by Jesse Martineau

Celebrate French Language Awareness — A Guest Post by Juliana L’Heureux

What future for the French language in the United States? — A Guest Post from the American Journal of French Studies

Musings of a Romance Languages Minor — A Guest Post by Dr. William J. Roberts

 

Image source — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Love_Heart_SVG.svg

“Our French Canadian Legacy — Past, Present, and Future” — included in the FCL Blog

I am delighted to be included in the FCL blog, with my post, “Our French Canadian Legacy — Past, Present, and Future,” part of the series on “Why Do I Tell the Franco-american Story?”

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Special thanks to the FCL podcast and blog for all that they do!

Read more @ https://fclpodcast.com/blog/

Languages do matter!

Kathy’s 2020 Mid-Year Update

The world has changed, and it changed suddenly — due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  However, some things never change, even in this year like no other, and among them, the importance of language learning and of multilingualism in our personal and professional lives, and in our society. Not only do we need to talk about language(s), we need to actually use additional languages in our lives on a daily basis!

Special thanks to all who have supported my work and have offered me the opportunity to participate in their podcasts, present at their conferences, and write for their publications!

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Personal Advocacy Projects during the Pandemic –Special Blog Series and more

Learning — and using — another language while we’re @ home, the importance of multilingualism and of the French language, and French in the US

The current health crisis has made it even more important to communicate and stay in touch using all the online and social media available.

In response to the shutdown/lockdown caused by the health crisis, it occurred to me that it could be possible to create something positive by learning, or re-learning/refreshing another language in our lives and to reflect on the importance of language(s) in our lives and in the US, which has led me to reach out to French language and Francophone culture stakeholders in the US, in order to strengthen and support the learning and use of French (and other languages) in our country. In addition, I have also brought together resources on the French language in the US. You can find the links to the guest blog posts, as well as my own, on my “Language Matters” blog.

Special thanks to all those who contributed blog posts!

Awards and Recognitions

A personal highlight for me was being featured in the “Alumni Spotlight” of the Union Institute & University (my doctoral alma mater) @ https://community.myunion.edu/alumna-named-chevalier-dans-lordre-des-palmes-academiques/in January.

Podcasts, Presentations, and Publications (in alphabetical order)

  • Podcasts (in reverse chronological order)

I am honored to have been invited to participate in the following podcasts —

Podcast conversation on “the power of language” on the North American Francophone Podcast with Claire-Marie Brisson (posted 5 April 2020) https://www.thefrancophone.com/listen-1/episode/4a95e343/a-conversation-with-dr-kathleen-stein-smith-the-power-of-language

Podcast conversation on “language learning and global citizenship”  on the FIU Making Global Learning Universal Podcast with Stephanie Doscher (posted 4 February 2020) https://globallearningpodcast.fiu.edu/season-2/episode-7-kathleen-stein-smith/index.html

  •  Presentations

In January, I attended the MLA Convention in Seattle where I presented on “Languages and the Interdisciplinary Department.”  In February, I attended the NECTFL conference in NYC and presented on “Foreign Language Advocacy and the Opportunity to Learn Another Language.”

Unfortunately, as the CSCTFL Conference in Minneapolis in March was cut short by the pandemic, I was not able to deliver my scheduled presentation on “Foreign Language Advocacy and Access for All to Foreign Language Learning.” In addition, the SCOLT conference in Mobile, also in March, where I was scheduled to present on “Our Diverse American Cultural Identity, Heritage, and Foreign Language Advocacy” and on “Languages – Mobility in a Global and Multilingual World”, and the OFLA convention in Cincinnati in April, where I was scheduled to present on “The Importance of Foreign Language Advocacy: The Future Is Clear” were cancelled due to the pandemic.  Many thanks to these organizations for having welcomed me as a presenter and best wishes for future conferences and events.

Although the NAFSA onsite convention scheduled in May in St. Louis was cancelled, the online NAFSA eConnection was created, and I was able to present virtually on “The Diverse U.S. Culture, Heritage Languages, and International Education.” The AATF annual convention, originally scheduled in July in Trois-Rivieres, Que, was re-imagined as the AATF webinar, and I was delighted to present virtually on “AATF Commission on Advocacy Presents on …, with Founding Chair, Tennessee Bob Peckham. Special thanks to my esteemed co-presenter, Tennessee Bob!

My 2020 presentations are as follows (in reverse chronological order) —

Presentation on “AATF Commission on Advocacy Presents French Language and Francophone Culture in the U.S.: Linkages with Advocacy,” with co-presenter, Tennessee Bob Peckham, Founding Chair, at the AATF Professional Development Zoom Webinars (July 1, 2020). ***

Virtual Poster Presentation on “The Diverse U.S. Culture, Heritage Languages, and International Education” at the NAFSA 2020 eConnection (May 27, 2020).***

Presentation on “French Language and Francophone Culture in the United States” at the Englewood Public Library Online (May 5, 2020).

Podcast presentation on “The Power of Language” on the North American Francophone Podcast.  https://www.thefrancophone.com/listen-1/episode/4a95e343/a-conversation-with-dr-kathleen-stein-smith-the-power-of-language (April 5, 2020).

Presentation on “Languages – Mobility in a Global and Multilingual World” at the SCOLT (Southern Conference on Language Teaching) conference in Mobile (March 28, 2020).**

Presentation on “Our Diverse American Cultural Identity, Heritage, and Foreign Language Advocacy” at the SCOLT (Southern Conference on Language Teaching) conference in Mobile (March 27, 2020).**

Invited speaker on “Language Learning: A World of Opportunities” at the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Montclair State University, Upper Montclair, NJ (March 25, 2020).**

Presentation on “Foreign Language Advocacy and Access for All to Language Learning” for the CSCTFL (Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) conference in Minneapolis (March 14, 2020).*

Presentation on “Foreign Language Advocacy and the Opportunity to Learn Another Language” at the NECTFL (Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) 2020 conference in NYC (February 14, 2020).

Presentation on “Languages and the Interdisciplinary Department” at the MLA (Modern Language Association) Convention in Seattle (January 11, 2020)

*Conference ended early due to coronavirus outbreak

** Cancelled due to the coronavirus/COVID-19pandemic

*** Presenting virtually, as the on-site conference was cancelled due to the coronavirus/COVID-19pandemic

  • Publications

I am delighted that my articles have been published as follows this year (in reverse chronological order) —

Articles (in reverse chronological order) —

“The US Needs a National Language Policy.” July 16, 2020, France-Amérique    https://france-amerique.com/en/the-u-s-needs-a-national-language-policy/

“French is Back!” Language Magazine July 2020 p. 34-37.

“Intentional Foreign Language Advocacy: Skills Set, Mindset, and Core Value.” TPLS: Theory and Practice in Language Studies v. 10 no. 5 May 2020 http://www.academypublication.com/ojs/index.php/tpls/article/view/tpls1005473480

I am also honored to have been an Article Reviewer —

Diplomacy & Statecraft. February 2020 –

Professional Engagement and Service

I am honored to serve as Chair of the AATF Commission on Advocacy and as a member of the ATA Education & Pedagogy Committee.  Earlier this year, I was selected as NCIS Communications Officer and look forward to supporting the work of this worthy organization. I continue to serve as a member of the Advisory Council of NECTFL and of CSCTFL, and as a SCOLT sponsor. Special thanks and best wishes for continued success to all these wonderful organizations!

Please keep in touch!

Emailkathysteinsmith@gmail.com

Webhttps://kathleensteinsmith.wordpress.com

Twitter@KathySteinSmith

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/kathleen.steinsmith

Languages do matter!

The US Needs a National Language Policy — Kathy’s article in France-Amérique

French language, foreign language, and immersion programs face serious challenges – a national language policy could help.

I am so happy that my article, “The US Needs a National Language Policy,” was published today in France-Amérique.

Languages do matter!

French is Back! Kathy’s article on French in the US in the July issue of Language Magazine

I am so happy to share with you that my article – “French is Back!” – has been published in the July issue of Language Magazine.

There is so much good news about French in the US — from Louisiana to New England, and more!

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Best wishes/Bon Courage et Bonne Continuation! to all those in the US who are learning, using, and advocating for French, and special thanks to Language Magazine.

Languages do matter!

Presenting on “French Language and Francophone Culture in the U.S.: Linkages with Advocacy” at the AATF Professional Development Zoom Webinars

As Chair of the AATF Commission on Advocacy, I was delighted to present on “French Language and Francophone Culture in the U.S.: Linkages with Advocacy,” with Tennessee Bob Peckham, at the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) Professional Development Zoom Webinars, developed after the in-person annual convention in Trois-Rivières was cancelled due to COVID.

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In these challenging times, advocacy is more important than ever before, as both learning and budgets have been negatively impacted.

It is so important that all of us who believe that learning the French language and learning about Francophone culture within the context of multilingualism and global citizenship matters get to know each other and work together to support both learning and use of the French language in the US and beyond!

Many thanks to AATF Executive Director Jayne Abrate for creating this series, which has offered us an opportunity to come together and to échanger, albeit via Zoom, during these challenging times, to all the members of the AATF Commission on Advocacy for their dedication and professionalism throughout the year, and to all those who attended our session.  Special thanks to Founding Chair, Tennessee Bob Peckham, for presenting with me once again this year.

Languages do matter!

Musings of a Romance Languages Minor — A Guest Post by Dr. William J. Roberts

I am honored to have as my guest today my friend, Dr. William J. Roberts, among whose many publications are France: A Reference Guide from the Renaissance to the Present, and Sicily: An Informal History, co-authored with FDU Founder, Dr Peter Sammartino.

 

Many years ago, when I was an undergraduate at Fairleigh Dickinson University here in NJ, all students, whatever their majors, were required to study two years of a foreign language, as well, of course, study too in  a minor discipline of their choice.  Based on my own interests, I went further and, as a History/Political Science major, chose Romance Languages as a minor.

It was a great choice, not only because of my interest in languages and the fact that it complimented my major, but because it fit so well with the founding purposes of FDU: to give a sense of world or international citizenship, cosmopolitanism, and a liberal arts (for all) education.  Indeed, FDU’s founder, Dr. Peter Sammartino, began his academic career as an instructor in French.

I enrolled then during my undergrad  years in three of the university’s language programs:  French (I already had some high school background), Italian, and Spanish.

In my Spanish classes I was most  fortunate (and here I want to take the opportunity to give a “shout out” to one of my many influential profs – I was really fortunate!!)   to study with the noted scholar Isabella Morendera.   What she taught us, in terms of culture as well as basic language (grammar, pronunciation, etc) was invaluable.

Meanwhile, for French and Italian, I studied with John Fisher, a noted linguist who himself had been as student of the great professor and scholar of linguistics, Mario Pei!

With that, I recall so well Prof. Fisher telling us: “Don’t be afraid to make a mistake when your speaking – just go ahead – you will be understood and, in time, will improve.”    So, in such classes, the study of language became a “real life” activity. Or, in keeping with his-  and as I sometimes tell my own students: “yes, I speak a few languages, all of them badly!”

With that, and maybe if I can be forgiven for saying the obvious – the study of languages DOES open doors, intellectually and personally (we really do see things and think differently in other languages)  –  and – maybe we can say, even a necessary part of becoming what is called today a “global citizen,” or “citizen of the world.”    Certainly,  its at least a “nothing lost, but much’ gained”  proposition!