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Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Kathy’s Spring Semester Update – Presentations, Publications, and “French All around Us”!

It has been a wonderful semester, but the highlight has been the publication of the collective work (KSS, editor), “French All around Us: French Language and Francophone Culture in the United States” on March 20th, in observance of the International Francophonie Day, followed by the official Book Launch at the OIF offices at the UN in NYC on May 5th!

Spring Highlights —

Books (in reverse chronological order) —

French All around Us — French Language and Francophone Culture in the United States. TBR Books, 2022.  (March 20, 2022). Official Book Launch at the offices of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) at the UN in NYC. May 5, 2022.

Articles (in reverse chronological order) —

“Africa and the French Language Are Growing Together in Global Importance.” The Conversation Africa March 17, 2022.  https://theconversation.com/africa-and-the-french-language-are-growing-together-in-global-importance-179224

“Multilingualism and Its Purposes — Interdisciplinary Applications in Language Education and Advocacy,” has been published in JLSP: Journal of Languages for Specific Purposes no. 9, March 2022. http://jlsp.steconomiceuoradea.ro/current-issue/

“Multilingualism, global competency and language learning for a better world: The role of independent scholar” Ronin Institute Blog Feb 23, 2022. https://ronininstitute.org/multilingualism-global-competency-and-language-learning-for-a-better-world-the-role-of-independent-scholars/7028/

“Language at the Intersection.” Language Magazine website. Feb 8, 2022. https://www.languagemagazine.com/2022/02/08/language-at-the-intersection/

“Rethinking Language Education in the US – A New Paradigm for Language Educators, Advocates, and Stakeholders.” International Journal of Contemporary Education vol. 5 no 1 (Apr) 2022. Published online Feb 4, 2022. https://redfame.com/journal/index.php/ijce/article/view/5477

“French Language and Francophone Culture in Sub-Saharan Africa — Interdisciplinary
Reflections on Multilingualism and French Language Education.” International Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences (IJHSS). vol 11, no 10 Oct 2021. Published Feb 7, 2022. http://www.ijhssnet.com/journal/index/4794

Presentations (in reverse chronological order)

Presentation on “French All around Us: French Language and Francophone Culture in the United States” at the Book Launch at the office of the  Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) at the UN. May 5, 2022.

Presentation at the Colloque, “l’Université de Montréal et du monde de demain.” May 3, 2022.

Presentation on “French All around Us,” at the Rassemblement 2022 (UMaine Franco-American Programs), April 23, 2022.

Presentation on”Languages for Us All: Access, Affordability, and Advocacy” at the SCOLT (Southern Conference on Language Teaching) 2022 conference in Norfolk, VA. (April 1, 2022).

Presentation on The Gift of Languages: Paradigm Shift in US Foreign Language Education, at the University of Southern Maine Franco-American Collection. March 18, 2022.

Presentation on “French Language Advocacy: The Power of Partnerships,” at the FLAME 2022 conference March 12, 2022.

Presentation on “Language Advocacy: Maximizing the Power of Proficiency” at the CSCTFL (Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) 2022 virtual conference (March 4, 2022).

Presentation on “Mother Languages Are Spoken by 70 Million Americans at Home, but Only One in Five Students Can Access Language Learning in Our Schools!” at the CTAUN (Committee on Teaching about the UN) webinar in observance of International Mother Language Day –MULTILINGUALISM – THE NEW GLOBAL COMPETENCE STANDARD: MOTHER LANGUAGE + 2 https://teachun.org/conference/2022-un/ (Feb 21, 2022).


Featured in (In reverse chronological order)

“French All around Us” featured by CALEC/TBR Books at the Festival du Livre de Paris 2022. (April 22-24, 2022).

Featured in “French is Literally Everywhere: Stories of Francophone Culture in the U.S.” Mar 21, 2022. https://newyorkinfrench.net/profiles/blogs/french-all-around-us

Featured in “Who Are the Francophones in the United States?,” an article about my newest edited book, French All Around Us: French Language and Francophone Culture in the United States. https://france-amerique.com/en/who-are-the-francophones-in-the-united-states/ https://france-amerique.com/qui-sont-les-francophones-des-etats-unis/   (Mar 21, 2022).

Featured in a conversation about “Language Matters” with the Tennessee World Affairs Council (TNWAC). https://youtube.com/watch?v=UuMVoaq_NdA (12/21 -1/22). For addition information – https://www.tnwac.org/

Included in ASFAP’s  winter issue 2021 of the Gazette violette for my (forthcoming early 2022) book, French All around Us: French Language and Francophone Culture in the United States. TBR Books, 2022,

Kathy’s Fall Semester Update — Books, Articles, Conference Presentations, and More! :)

I am so happy to share with you that I have — The French in Our Lives, forthcoming from Routledge in December —

In December, I was Interviewed on French language and Francophone culture in the US by Michel Doucet on “Michel le Samedi” on Radio-Canada (December 11),

.I am delighted to inform you that in November I had an article published, “Multilingualism in the Global Village,” in Language Magazine.

In addition, I presented at several conferences —

Presentation on  “La Langue française et la culture francophone aux États-Unis” at the WikiConvention francophone 2021 (Nov 21, 2021).

Presentation on “French and Foreign Language Advocacy in the Post-Covidian Era,” at the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) 2021 virtual convention (Nov 19-21, 2021).

Presentation on “World Language Advocacy — Building Language Skills and Cultural Knowledge in a Multilingual World” at the NHAWLT (New Hampshire Association of World Language Teachers) 2021 conference (Nov 13, 2021).

October was also a wonderful month for language advocacy! I am so happy to have had the opportunity to present at several state conferences this month — in Delaware, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and New York — thank you, DECTFL, FLAVA, PSMLA, MaFLA, and NYSAFLT!!!

I am looking forward to December and to 2022, with a new article, “French Language and Francophone Culture in Sub-Saharan Africa — Interdisciplinary Reflections on Multilingualism and French Language Education,” in The International Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, forthcoming in the December issue, and a new book, French All around Us — French Language and Francophone Culture in the United States, forthcoming in early 2022, TBR Books.

Advocacy is needed more than ever, and advocacy can help to build awareness and to strengthen programs every day, and to defend and support at-risk programs.

Languages do matter!

Kathy’s 10th Doctoral Anniversary – “Qui s’instruit sans agir, laboure sans semer.”

I can hardly believe that it has been 10 years today since I earned my PhD.🙂I am so grateful to all my friends and supporters — teacher, colleagues, friends, and especially, family! 6 books and 2 forthcoming, plus numerous articles and conference presentations, later, my motto remains “Qui s’instruit sans agir, laboure sans semer.”

Languages do matter!

Kathy’s October 2021 Update — A Wonderful Month for Advocacy!

What a wonderful month for language advocacy! I am so happy to have had the opportunity to present at several state conferences this month — in Delaware, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and New York — thank you, DECTFL, FLAVA, PSMLA, MaFLA, and NYSAFLT!!!

Advocacy is needed more than ever, and advocacy can help to build awareness and to strengthen programs every day, and to defend and support at-risk programs.

Languages do matter!

Kathy’s Summer 2021 Update

I am delighted to share with you that this has been a busy summer, with a session on French language advocacy at the AATF annual convention and honored as an “Author of Union” in late June, followed in July by the publication of a new article and of the translation of my new book into six languages. In August, I had another article published.

In June, I presented a session on advocacy with two colleagues from the AATF Commission on Advocacy and was honored as an “Author of Union.”

In July, my article, “Bastille Day and Beyond,” was published in Language Magazine, and my new book, Multilingualism as a Global Competency: Skills for a 21st Century World, has been translated into six languages — French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Russian.

In August, my newest article, my newest article, “Cosmopolitanism and Multilingualism in a Globalized World: Perspectives on the Lack of Foreign Language Learning in the US,” is in the current issue of TPLS: Theory and Practice in Language Studies.

À la prochaine!

Kathy’s Spring 2021 Update

I am delighted to report that the spring semester has been a busy one for language advocacy, including publication of 2 books and several articles including review practitioner and peer-reviewed, several conference presentations at the state, regional, national, and international level, and several media appearances in French.

In January, I had the opportunity to present on “Just in Time: French Language Advocacy in the Post-Covidian Era: Perspectives from the AATF,” and to participate as a career counselor in the virtual MLA Career Center at the MLA 2021 convention. My 5th book, Multilingualism as a Global Competency: Skills for a 21st Century World, was published. I was interviewed on Radio-Canada’s Point du Jour with Elsie Miclisse.

In February, my article, “Our Diverse U.S. Culture, Heritage Languages, and International Education,” was published in International Research and Review: Journal of Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars.

In March, my 6th book, Strategic Language for the French Language in the US, was published by the AATF.  My article, “In Celebration of French,” was published in Language Magazine, and “Life in Two Languages: A Personal Journey,” my review of François Grosjean’s A Journey in Languages and Cultures: Life as a Bicultural Bilingual, was published in GSLR: Global Studies Literature Review. I also presented at several conferences, on “Foreign Language Advocacy: Multiple Perspectives, but One Vision,” at the CSCTFL 2021 conference; “Foreign Language Advocacy — Expanding Access and Opportunity,” at the SCOLT 2021 conference; and on “Foreign Language Advocacy: Connections, Collaborations, and Creativity,” at the SWCOLT 2021 conference. I was featured in the video “Le Mois de la Francophonie selon… les autres” on la Vox Pop du Mois de la Francophonie on TFO ONFR+ (Ontario francophone).

In April, I presented on “The Importance of World Language Advocacy” at the OFLA online mini conference.

In May, my article, “Foreign Languages in Higher Education in the US — Issues and Advocacy” was published in the Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice (JHETP). I also presented on “Multilingualism, a Collaborative Skill: Cultural Fluency in Our Diverse World” at the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars online international conference.

I am honored to continue to serve as Chair of the AATF Commission on Advocacy and to have been selected as a member of the MLA Delegate Assembly. I continue to serve as a member of the ATA Education & Pedagogy Committee, the CSCTFL Advisory Council, the NECTFL Advisory Council, and as a SCOLT sponsor. It was an honor to serve as Communications Officer of the NCIS in 2020.

À la prochaine!

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 —

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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

 

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