Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Monthly Archives: August 2014

STEM Not Your Thing? Try Private School Teaching (Foreign Languages)

“Among the most in-demand non-STEM teaching positions are TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), Special Education, and Foreign Languages.”

Read more @ http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesmarshallcrotty/2014/08/30/stem-not-your-thing-try-private-school-teaching/

Languages do matter!

Reform may attract private colleges into foreign language teaching (Australia)

“A key element of the legislative package introduced to Parliament last week by Education Minister Christopher Pyne is the extension of teaching subsidies for the first time to private higher education providers.

‘Foreign languages is where Australia really falls down.  If we’re going to educate global citizens, step one is to have fluency in a foreign language.'”

Read more @ http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/reform-may-attract-private-colleges-into-foreign-language-teaching/story-e6frgcjx-1227041768419?nk=589e8c5a333a77c2b424b54dee3adfb7

Languages do matter!

New Directors Bring New Ideas (Middlebury Language Schools)

With his extensive Middlebury experience, in both the undergraduate Department of French as well as at the summer French School—most recently as its associate director—Philippe France has a wonderfully long-term perspective in his role as its newest director for 2015.”

Next summer, Middlebury College professor of German Bettina Matthias will officially step into her summer role as director of the German School. In addition to a lengthy list of experience and achievement that fully justifies her expertise, Matthias brings a level of energy and excitement to the appointment that is contagious.

Matthias is not new to the German School. During the past four summers she served as the director of German for Singers and Vocal Coaches, a program in which she has taught beginning German and German cultural history.”

Read more @ http://www.middlebury.edu/alumni/ls/news/summer14/ND

Languages do matter!

‘Laisse le vent souffler’ (Zachary Richard)

“Laisse le vent souffler,”  about Hurricane Katrina.  I recommend the video and the introduction highly.  Lyrics are posted for your convenience.

Video @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSfFDl5AQkA

Lyrics @ http://www.zacharyrichard.com/lyrics/laisseleventsouffler.html

Zachary Richard presente  “Laisse le vent souffler” @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWVx1UIurp0

Languages do matter!

Reminder: Don’t question France’s 35-hour working week

France’s famed 35-hour work week has been in place since 2000, when the government cut the work week from 39 hours.

France has fewer people in full-time work, but many of those in temp jobs, neverending ‘internships,’ and part-time gigs work much longer than in other countries. The French also retire earlier than most other countries”

Read more @ http://qz.com/258151/reminder-dont-question-frances-35-hour-working-week/

Languages do matter!

Language Schools Alumni Offer Career Advice (Middlebury)

“Language Schools alumni said their proficiency in foreign languages and insight into other cultures ‘separated them from the job-seeking pack,’ during a panel discussion about careers on July 18 on campus.”

Read more @ http://www.middlebury.edu/newsroom/node/480176

Languages do matter!

Schools need to vary language teaching amid ‘predominance of French’, report suggests

“At primary level, the main focus is on developing literacy and numeracy skills through English and Irish. The feasibility of introducing a modern European language was explored through the Modern Languages in Primary School Initiative (MLPSI), established in 1998 but a decision was made to end the programme in 2012 in light of concerns about curriculum overload.

At secondary level, the report points out that while Irish and English are taught to almost all students, the learning of other foreign languages are optional. ‘In this, Ireland is almost unique in Europe.'”

Read more @ http://www.irishtimes.com/news/education/schools-need-to-vary-language-teaching-amid-predominance-of-french-report-suggests-1.1911952

Languages do matter!

Global Competence Position Statement (ACTFL, August 25, 2014)

As my doctoral research examined the role of foreign language as a global competency in education for global citizenship, this week’s ACTFL position paper on foreign languages and global competence resonated with me.

“The ability to communicate with respect and cultural understanding in more than one language is an essential element of global competence. This competence is developed and demonstrated by investigating the world, recognizing and weighing perspectives, acquiring and applying disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge, communicating ideas, and taking action. Global competence is fundamental to the experience of learning languages whether in classrooms, through virtual connections, or via everyday experiences. Language learning contributes an important means to communicate and interact in order to participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world. This interaction develops the disposition to explore the perspectives behind the products and practices of a culture and to value such intercultural experiences.”

Read more @ http://www.actfl.org/news/position-statements/global-competence-position-statement

Languages do matter!

Middlebury Awards Master’s and Doctoral Degrees in Languages

“The Middlebury Language Schools conferred 101 Master of Arts degrees and seven Doctor of Modern Languages degrees at the Language Schools Commencement on August 15 in Mead Memorial Chapel.”

Read more @ http://www.middlebury.edu/newsroom/node/482565

Languages do matter!

Half of Foreign Teachers in Heilongjiang Have No Proper Qualification

“The head of two foreign language training agencies in the city of Harbin have been questioned by police for allegedly allowing foreign teachers without proper qualifications on their payroll.

This comes amid word only half of the foreign teachers in the province of Heilongjiang aren’t properly registered.”

Read more @ http://english.cri.cn/12394/2014/08/29/2281s842295.htm

Languages do matter!