Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Update from the AATF Commission on Advocacy

Kathy’s update on the Commission on Advocacy is on p. 16 of the September 2016 AATF National Bulletin.

http://www.frenchteachers.org/hq/nb.htm

Many thanks to all our Commission members and AATF supporters.  :)

Languages do matter!

The European Day of Languages — 26 September

“At the initiative of the Council of Europe, Strasbourg, the European Day of Languages has been celebrated every year since 2001 on 26 September.

On the occasion of the day, a range of events are organised across Europe: activities for and with children, television and radio programmes, language classes and conferences.”

Read more @ http://edl.ecml.at/

Languages do matter!

International Translation Day (30 September)

International Translation Day is celebrated every year on 30 September on the feast of St. Jerome, the Bible translator who is considered the patron saint of translators. The celebrations have been promoted by FIT (the International Federation of Translators) ever since it was set up in 1953. In 1991 FIT launched the idea of an officially recognised International Translation Day to show solidarity of the worldwide translation community in an effort to promote the translationprofession in different countries (not necessarily only in Christian ones). This is an opportunity to display pride in a profession that is becoming increasingly essential in the era of progressing globalisation.”

Read more @ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Translation_Day

Languages do matter!

World University Rankings 2016-2017

“The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-2017 list the 980 top universities in the world, making it our biggest international league table to date. It is the only global university performance table to judge world class universities across all of their core missions – teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.”

Read more @ https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/2017/world-ranking#!/page/0/length/25/sort_by/rank_label/sort_order/asc/cols/rank_only

Languages do matter!

Kathy’s new book on “The U.S. Foreign Language Deficit: Strategies for Maintaining a Competitive Edge in a Globalized World” now available in print AND as an ebook

I am delighted that my new book, The U.S. Foreign Language Deficit:  Strategies for Maintaining a Competitive Edge in a Globalized World, is now available in print

@ https://www.amazon.com/U-S-Foreign-Language-Deficit-Maintaining/dp/3319341588/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

and @ https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9783319341583

It has been available as an ebook since August.

Languages do matter!

A nice mention of Kathy’s work from The Embassy of France in the U.S. Cultural Services Department

“The Embassy of France in the U.S. Cultural Services Department would also like to extend their thanks to the all of the following, for their invaluable analyses and conference submissions :

Kathleen Stein-Smith, President of the AATF Committee for the Defence of French”

Read more @ http://frenchlanguage.frenchculture.org/news/aatf-convention-austin

Many thanks to everyone at AATF and to our friends and colleagues from France who collaboratively work with us to promote and advocate for French language and culture in the U.S.

Languages do matter!

Overall Best Countries Ranking

“The overall ranking of Best Countries measures global performance on a variety of metrics.”

Read more @ http://www.usnews.com/news/best-countries/overall-full-list

Languages do matter!

QS world university rankings 2016: modern languages

“The top 50 universities in the world for modern languages, as ranked by higher education data specialists QS

Read more @ https://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/2016/mar/22/qs-world-university-rankings-2016-modern-languages

Languages do matter!

Read An Excerpt of ‘When in French,’ Patch’s September Pick

“New Yorker staff writer Lauren Collins’ hilarious account of falling in love with a Frenchman, ‘When in French: Love in a Second Language,’ is Patch’s September Read of the Month. The book is laugh-out-loud funny and has received raves; The New York Times called it ‘an exceptionally insightful meditation on how language informs culture and personality.'”

http://patch.com/new-jersey/paramus/s/fvsec/read-an-excerpt-of-when-in-french-patchs-september-pick?utm_source=article-mostrecent&utm_medium=rss&utm_term=arts%20&%20entertainment&utm_campaign=recirc&utm_content=aol

Languages do matter!

12 Countries with Birthright Citizenship

“If you’ve ever dreamed of living in your ancestral homeland, the path to dual citizenship might be easier than you expect. Jus sanguinis, Latin for “right of blood,” grants direct descendants citizenship to a country based on their parent’s or grandparent’s nationality. Read on for a list of countries that grant citizenship by descent, as well as how to attain dual citizenship.”

Read more @ https://www.westernunion.com/blog/birthright-citizenship-countries/?sr_source=lift_facebook&?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_term=birthrightcitizenship&utm_content=copya&utm_campaign=wusrblogcontent

Languages do matter!