Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Monthly Archives: February 2015

Inside FDU — Faculty, Staff — Update, In Memoriam, Welcome (Kathy featured — please scroll down)

“Kathleen Stein-Smith, associate University librarian and director of public services, Giovatto Library (Metro), was selected as incoming chair of the American Association of Teachers of French National Commission on Advocacy. “How Foreign Languages Can Give You the Edge,” a webinar she presented for the Network of Business Language Educators in October, has been posted on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vHjNKABFZk).

She has written several articles.

Stein-Smith’s blog, Language Matters (https://kathleensteinsmith.wordpress.com), exceeded 5,000 views in late December 2014. Her poster proposal, “Foreign Language as a Global Competency: Internationalizing the Campus,” has been accepted for the NAFSA: Association of International Educators 67th Annual Conference in Boston, Mass. In addition, her presentation proposal on “The Importance of French as a Global Language with a Local Touch — The U.S. Foreign Language Deficit,” has been accepted for the American Association of Teachers of French annual convention in July.”

Many thanks to the “Inside FDU” staff for including my publications and activities.

Read more @ http://view2.fdu.edu/publications/inside-fdu-newsletter/2014-2015/february-march/faculty-staff/

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German for Beginners (video from Study in Germany)

“Kannst du mir helfen?” (Can you help me?)

View @ https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10153089137294581&fref=nf

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Quiz: Which Foreign Language Should You Learn?

“Are Americans losing their interest in foreign languages? According to a study by the Modern Language Association, the number of students who learn a language other than English decreased by about 100,000 between 2009 and 2013.

Many of those who decided against learning a foreign language might nevertheless regret their decision in the future. Recent studies have shown that the ability to speak languages other than English can boost average wages, and have positive effects on students’ brains and cognitive abilities. What doesn’t seem “immediately useful” might be highly rewarding later in life.”

Read more @ http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2015/02/26/quiz-which-foreign-language-should-you-learn/

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The Foreign Language Requirement

“According to a study conducted by the Modern Language Association, enrollment in foreign language courses has recently decreased. While it increased from 1995 to 2009, enrollment has dropped by 6.7 percent since then. Furthermore, about 100,000 fewer students took college language classes in 2013 than did in 2009.

Even though more languages have become available, the desire to study language has declined. What is the cause of this foreign language deficit in America? It’s illogical — common sense alone tells us that foreign language knowledge is essential in the modern world.”

Read more @ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kassandra-fotiadis/the-foreign-language-requirement_b_6762994.html

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Shout louder (Foreign language skills in the UK)

“A woeful approach to language education continues

In 2012 a European Commission survey tested the foreign-language proficiency of 54,000 students aged 14 and 15, in 14 nations. Sweden came top, with 82% of pupils reaching an “independent” or “advanced independent” standard. The average for all 14 states was 42%. England came bottom, with just 9%.

Part of the explanation is that many people’s second language is English, while many Britons continue to believe that, as native speakers of the lingua mundi, they do not need to bother with foreign languages. They may be right—in terms of communication. But it means that, not only are they missing out on much cultural interaction, they may also be harming their own job prospects.”

Read more @ http://www.economist.com/news/britain/21645247-woeful-approach-language-education-continues-shout-louder

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Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (CSCTFL) — March 12-14th, Minneapolis

“Learn Languages Explore Cultures Transform Lives”

Read more @ http://www.csctfl.org/conferences/2015conference.html

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Mother Language Day 2015 – Language Policy and Peace Building

How do issues of language, language complexity, and communication play out in peace-building efforts and ongoing security around the world? How can language issues be identified and addressed effectively in policy planning and execution? These questions will be addressed through a combination of keynote presentation by a leading scholar in the field, a lively panel discussion, and interactive break-out sessions to discuss possible future actions.”  

Read more @ http://www.cal.org/news-and-events/calendar-of-events/mld2015

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Living Abroad? Expat Taxpayers Face Special Challenges

“The complicated world of U.S. tax law becomes even more complex for American citizens living overseas.”

Read more @ http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/articles/2015/02/24/living-abroad-expat-taxpayers-face-special-challenges

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Linguistic experts explain the best ways to learn a second language in the information age

“If you didn’t study any foreign languages in school, picking one up as an adult can be challenging, since the human brain is best-equipped to absorb a new language in the early childhood years.

However, advances in technology and new teaching methods in the last few decades have opened the door for many adults to learn a second or third language without them needing to travel to a country where the language they’re learning is spoken. From the apps for your mobile phone, to software like Rosetta Stone, to classes you can take at your local community college, there are a lot of ways you could learn a language besides your native tongue.”

Listen @ http://www.scpr.org/programs/airtalk/2015/02/24/41690/linguistic-experts-explain-the-best-ways-to-learn/

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Kathy’s presentation proposal accepted for AATF 2015 (On the Importance of French As a Global Language with a Local Touch)

I am so happy that my presentation proposal, “The Importance of French As a Global Language with a Local Touch — The U.S. Foreign Language Deficit,” has been accepted for the AATF (American Association of Teachers of French) annual convention in July.

Read more @ http://www.frenchteachers.org/

Languages do matter.