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.
- 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.
- 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!