Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Over 18,000 views — Thank you! My article in “The Conversation”

Over 18,000 views — Thank you!

Conversation article

Read more @ https://theconversation.com/foreign-language-classes-becoming-more-scarce-102235

Languages do matter!

My TEDx talk on the US foreign language deficit –over 13,500 views, and its 6th anniversary this week!

My TEDx talk on the US foreign language deficit –over 13,500 views, and its 6th anniversary this week!

TEDx talk

View @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CZ7zu5Aeu0

Languages do matter!

Kathy receives the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award

Honored to have received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. Many thanks to all the friends and colleagues who have made the journey so memorable and so rewarding.Marquis LA

Languages do matter!

Kathy’s Summer Update — September 2019

It has been a wonderful summer, but I can hardly believe that the new academic year has already started!

The following are a few highlights from Summer 2019.

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  • Professional Engagement/Conference Presentations

After presenting in the Innovation Showcase at the ADFL (Association of Departments of Foreign Languages) Summer Seminar in Spokane in May, I had the honor and privilege of presenting on Strategic Foreign Language Advocacy, with the Founding Chair of the AATF Commission on Advocacy, Tennessee Bob Peckham, at the AATF (American Association of Teachers of French) annual Congrès annuel in Philadelphia in July.

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  • My newest book, The Gift of Languages, published in French and Spanish translation

In August, I was thrilled that my newest book, The Gift of Languages:  Paradigm Shift in U.S. Foreign Language Education, was published in French and Spanish translation, representing both the spirit of the authors and the commitment to multilingualism of TBR Books and of CALEC. Many thanks to the translators and special thanks to esteemed co-author, Fabrice Jaumont.

  • Awards and Recognitions – The Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award

Most recently, in early September, I was awarded the The Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.

  • Recent Publications (in reverse chronological order)

My most recent publications include “Classes Duo Paris/Knoxville, an Integrative Learning Experience: A Case Study,” in the September issue of TPLS: Theory and Practice in Language Studies. Special thanks to esteemed co-author, Monique Y. Wells, and to the Wells Foundation for their wonderful work.

In July, my article, “Un Coup des États-Unis,” was published in Language Magazine, and “Bastille Day, or French Every Day,” was published in France-Amérique.

Late spring publications, both published in May, include my article, “Rethinking the Role of Foreign Languages in the US: Toward a More Diverse Cultural Identity, in  JLTR: Journal of Language Teaching and Research, and  “Foreign Language Advocacy: Empowering Foreign Language Educators,” in the Spring issue of the NYSAFLT Language Association Journal.

  • Online and Social Media Milestones

Social media milestones include nearly 2,000 likes for the AATF Commission on Advocacy FB page, and over 35,000 views and nearly 24,000 views for my blog, Language Matters.

In addition, my article in The Conversation earlier this year, “Foreign languages growing more scarce,” has had nearly 20,000 views

Thank you to all of you for your ongoing support and encouragement — and for taking the time to attend my presentations, read my publications, and to provide your insightful feedback.

I look forward to a wonderful Fall season for all of us — for French and foreign language advocacy, and the learning and use of French and other languages in the US.

Languages do matter!

“Classes Duo Paris/Knoxville, an Integrative Learning Experience: A Case Study” — Kathy’s newest article published

I am delighted that my newest article, “Classes Duo Paris/Knoxville, an Integrative Learning Experience: A Case Study,” has been published in the current, September, issue of TPLS: Theory and Practice in Language Studies.

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Special thanks to co-author, Monique Y. Wells, and to the Wells International Foundation.

Read more @   http://www.academypublication.com/ojs/index.php/tpls/article/view/tpls090910651073

Kathy’s newest book, The Gift of Languages: Paradigm Shift in U.S. Foreign Language Education,” translated into French and Spanish!

I am delighted to share that my newest book, “The Gift of Languages: Paradigm Shift in U.S. Foreign Language Education,” has been translated into French and Spanish.

Special thanks to co-author, Fabrice Jaumont, and to the translators!  🙂Translations

It is my hope that our message, which is close to my heart — the importance of language learning and intercultural understanding for all our children — will be read by even more language supporters and stakeholders.

In keeping with the spirit of our work, I would be more than happy to discuss these issues, which are so important both locally and globally, with any French-language or Spanish-language readers en français or en español!

Read more @ https://calec.org/

Languages do matter!

 

Over 17,000 views for my article, “Foreign language classes becoming more scarce,” in The Conversation — thank you all!

Over 17,000 views — thank you all!

The time is now — for a resurgence of foreign language learning and use in the US.

Read more @ https://theconversation.com/foreign-language-classes-becoming-more-scarce-102235?fbclid=IwAR2zCC7epc4piO6NWZ-JVGwFSRjK4A7HkAu0dO8xpyEnpQGpoiabvH79deo

Languages do matter!

Over 16,000 views — Kathy’s article, “Foreign language classes becoming more scarce,” in “The Conversation” — thank you! :)

Over 16,000 views — thank you! 🙂

Thank you all for taking the time to read my article, “Foreign language classes becoming more scarce,” in The Conversation.

Read more @ https://theconversation.com/foreign-language-classes-becoming-more-scarce-102235

Languages do matter!

Kathy Presenting at AATF 2019 (American Association of Teachers of French)

It was a whirlwind 3 days this week at AATF 2019, the American Association of Teachers of French Congrès annuel, in Philadelphia.

After attending the keynote address on the 50 years of the Francophonie, the welcome luncheon, a workshop on authentic Québécois texts, and the opening of the exhibit area, I attended sessions all day on Monday — on Philadelphia’s French connections, on innovation and advocacy, on French government initiatives to support K-12 French language teachers, on student travel to Québec, and on the future of French in our colleges and universities.  In the evening, I attended an inspirational dinner meeting of ASFAP, the American Society of the French Academic Palms, at a local French restaurant, Bistrot la Minette.

AATF 2019

The following day, I attended a session on French government initiatives in Professional French, won a prize – a Bastille Day picnic basket — at the exhibitors’ tombola (I never win anything!), and had the honor and privilege of presenting on Strategic Advocacy for French Language and Francophone Culture Education: Session officielle de la Commission sur la Défense du Français, with Founding Chair, Tennessee Bob Peckham.

All too soon, it was time to head back to Penn Station for the train ride home.

As always, the AATF Congrès annuel is an inspirational event — in terms of both the dedication and professionalism of all the attendees, and of the creativity of the ideas and initiatives discussed in the sessions and in more informal conversations in English and en français.  It is also a wonderful opportunity to make new friends and to re-connect with colleagues we may only have been able to communicate with by email and/or social media throughout the year.

The Philadelphia setting, with its many French elements, and the venue were perfect. Congratulations to the Award winners. Many thanks to the organizers, and to the AATF President for hosting a luncheon for the Commission Chairs. Special thanks to my co-presenter, Tennessee Bob, and to all of you who attended our session.

À bientôt, à Trois-Rivières!

“Bastille Day, or French Every Day” — Kathy’s newest article — in France-Amerique

“With Bastille Day just around the corner, we should all work together to build on the enthusiasm, keep the momentum going, and encourage the growing interest in French and Franco-American heritage and history. Let’s work to make French language and Francophone culture part of our lives on Bastille Day, and every day!”

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Read more @ https://france-amerique.com/en/bastille-day-or-french-every-day/

Languages do matter!