Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Monthly Archives: May 2015

Today the most views ever for Language Matters — Thank you!

Many thanks to all of you who have taken the time to view “Language Matters.”

Read more @ Kathy’s Poster Presentation @ NAFSA today — Foreign Language as a Global Competency: Internationalizing the Campus

https://kathleensteinsmith.wordpress.com/2015/05/28/kathys-poster-presentation-nafsa-today-foreign-language-as-a-global-competency-internationalizing-the-campus/

Languages do matter!

WFU Wins NAFSA Award for Excellence in International Education (Wake Forest)

“Wake Forest University is among eight colleges and universities who will receive NAFSA’s 2015 Senator Paul Simon Awards for Campus Internationalization for excellence in international education.”

Read more @ http://news.wfu.edu/2015/02/24/wfu-wins-nafsa-award-for-excellence-in-international-education/

Languages do matter!

Kathy’s Poster Presentation and Experience @ NAFSA 2015

What an experience it has been to attend my very first NAFSA convention and to have been selected for a Poster Presentation!

Although I returned home on Thursday after my presentation, I cannot leave behind what I learned and my impressions from the conference.

The convergence of so many like-minded professionals from all over the world was truly inspirational, and entire program was wonderful.

Many thanks to NAFSA for having selected my Poster Presentation proposal on “Foreign Language As a Global Competency:  Internationalizing the Campus” — I look forward to continuing to advocate for foreign languages and international education.

Read more @

https://kathleensteinsmith.wordpress.com/2015/05/28/kathys-poster-presentation-nafsa-today-foreign-language-as-a-global-competency-internationalizing-the-campus/

and

http://www.nafsa.org/

Languages do matter!

15 Things Foreigners Are Surprised by in America

“One of the most exciting things about traveling to or living in a foreign land is learning a new culture, especially if the culture is vastly different from your own. Those who have visited or lived in the United States have reported being shocked and overwhelmed by a number of the country’s customs and practices. Here are the top fifteen things foreigners are surprised by in America.”

Read more @ http://www.destinationtips.com/destinations/united-states/15-things-foreigners-are-surprised-by-in-america/?utm_source=outbrain&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=Things%20Foreigners%20Are%20Constantly%20Surprised%20by%20in%20America%20-%20http%3A%2F%2F2ikd2l18123j3ottxp1a7c3r1ate.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2015%2F02%2Fwaste-garbage-750×500.jpg&utm_campaign=OUT%20DST%2003

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Direct train to Europe

“You can now board a train in London and a few hours later get off by the Mediterranean – the new direct service between St Pancras and Marseille is the furthest passengers have ever been able to go on a train from Britain without getting off. But why, more than 20 years after the Channel Tunnel opened, have direct services to the rest of Europe been so slow arriving?”

Read more @ http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-32916197

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Germany passes Japan to have world’s lowest birth rate – study

A study says Germany’s birth rate has slumped to the lowest in the world, prompting fears labour market shortages will damage the economy.

Germany has dropped below Japan to have not just the lowest birth rate across Europe but also globally, according to the report by Germany-based analysts.

Its authors warned of the effects of a shrinking working-age population.

They said women’s participation in the workforce would be key to the country’s economic future.”

Read more @ http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-32929962

Languages do matter!

International Parliamentary Scholarship of the German Bundestag

“The German Bundestag collaborates with the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin and Technische Universität Berlin to run its International Parliamentary Scholarships (IPS) program.

This gives well qualified young people with a strong interest in politics from the USA, France, Israel, Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe, Russia, Turkey, the Caucasus, Central Asia, Northern Africa and the Middle East the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of Germany’s system of parliamentary government.”

Read more @ http://www.germany.info/ips

Languages do matter!

Johnson: Polyglots: The Humble Linguist

“SOME people are keen learners of many foreign languages: they find it enjoyable to rack up one, then another, then another, reading, practising, brushing up, seeking out any opportunity to use them. They are usually proud of this devotion.”

Read more @ http://www.economist.com/blogs/prospero/2015/05/johnson-polyglots

Languages do matter!

Happy Birthday, Language Matters! — 2 years, 6,300 views, and 109 countries! :)

Over 6,300 views from 109 countries in 2 years — many thanks to all of you who have taken the time to view Language Matters.

Languages do matter!

Master Many Foreign Languages By Thinking Like an Actor

“For those of us who aren’t polyglots, learning multiple foreign languages seems like a huge intellectual feat. BBC interviewed people who know 20 or more languages and found some common traits among them, including the ability to behave like a cultural chameleon.”

Read more @ http://lifehacker.com/master-many-foreign-languages-by-thinking-like-an-actor-1707690853

Languages do matter!