Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Monthly Archives: June 2015

Islands without Cars (with Kira Hesser)

“Remember a world without cars, trains, or buses? It may seem like a bygone era, but for some it is a modern reality. Islands Without Carsis a series of half-hour programs exploring remote islands that have kept a well-worn foot in the past by restricting or altogether forbidding the use of motorized vehicles. This series is not a dry hike uphill through the mountains of history, but rather a fun and engaging romp across islands seen through the eyes of a youthful and vibrant host.”

http://islandswithoutcars.com/

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Learn a language free. Forever. (Duolingo)

Read more @ https://www.duolingo.com/

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Moldovans Choose Between Russia, Europe in Local Elections

“Moldovans were voting Sunday in local election runoffs that are being seen as a test of whether the former Soviet republic moves closer to the European Union or Russia.

The key post is for mayor of Chisinau, the capital, where pro-European incumbent Dorin Chirtoaca faces pro-Russian challenger Zinaida Greceanai, a former prime minister of the Communist Party. A low turnout in the city of one million will benefit the 59-year-old Greceanai, while a higher number of voters will benefit Chirtoaca.”

Read more @ http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/06/28/world/europe/ap-eu-moldova-elections.html?_r=0

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How to Eat on a Budget While Traveling

“Food and travel are inseparable these days, but how do you approach choosing a restaurant (or shack or stand or ambulant vendor) in a strange city?

Do you trust online reviews, prefer local recommendations or leave it to chance? Is street food worth the risk? As a budget traveler, when do you splurge?

Seth Kugel, the Frugal Traveler columnist, joined our readers in a discussion about eating on the road, where he answered these questions and shared what sites he has found most helpful.”

Read more @ http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/29/travel/live-facebook-chat-how-to-eat-on-a-budget-while-traveling.html?WT.mc_id=2015-JUNE-AOL-36HOURS_ADRISK-0601-0630&WT.mc_ev=click&ad-keywords=AUDDEVRISK&icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl36%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D-145710205&_r=0

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Bergen County Irish Festival 2015

“For everything Irish in Northern New Jersey”

Read more @ http://www.bergencountyirish.org/#!bergen-county-irish-festival/ci6v

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Expat life: The good, the bad, the ugly

“Is it all swimming pools, excitement and endless cultural opportunity, or is life as an expat tougher than it looks?

We went to question and answer site, Quora, to find out some of the advantages and disadvantages of expat life.

Father-of-three, Yoni Passwell, co- founder of travel website Voyjer.com, said that while living in China, the language barrier was one of the hardest challenges, particularly not being able to ask for simple things in simple situations.”

Read more @ http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20150612-highs-and-lows-of-expat-life

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Public Opinion Supports International Education

“Americans understand that in order to innovate and compete now, we must prepare students by giving them the skills necessary to navigate life and careers in an interconnected global economy. What’s more, Americans strongly believe colleges and universities need to do a better job providing the international education, foreign languages, and study abroad opportunities they see as essential for today’s students.”

Read more @ http://www.nafsa.org/Find_Resources/Advancing_Public_Policy_for_International_Education/Public_Opinion_Supports_International_Education/

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50th Anniversary of the IAUP

“The International Association of University Presidents returned to the location of its first ever meeting – Oxford and Wroxton, United Kingdom. Conference venues included Oxford University’s Trinity College, which hosted one day of the historic 1965 meeting, and Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Wroxton College, which hosted the other day. For five decades the International Association of University Presidents, or IAUP, has served as the voice of global higher education, promoting peace, mutual understanding and respect through academic diplomacy and fostering the vitality and reach of higher education institutions through energetic international partnerships.

In Oxford and Wroxton, United Kingdom, nearly 150 university leaders and other participants from 37 countries gathered on May 22-24, 2015, for its 50th Anniversary Conference Meeting to celebrate IAUP’s achievements and consider the challenges facing higher education and the wider world in the next 50 years.”

Read more @ http://iaup.org/component/content/article/45-frontpage/219-50th-anniversary-of-the-iaup

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IAUP celebrates golden anniversary (@ FDU’s Wroxton College)

“Fifty years after Peter Sammartino convened the first meeting of the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP), the organization returned to its roots, celebrating its 50th anniversary at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Wroxton College and Oxford University’s Trinity College, from May 22 to 24.

The proceedings of the IAUP 50th anniversary meeting will be collected in a book to be published next year by Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. Edited by Jason Scorza, vice provost for academic and international affairs and IAUP secretary general emeritus, will serve as the companion to the proceedings of the inaugural meeting edited by Sammartino and published by FDU Press in 1965.

Scorza also organized the 50th anniversary meeting itself, the planning of which began more than two years ago. ‘It was the wish of [FDU President Emeritus] Michael Adams that the IAUP would return to Wroxton College for its 50th anniversary. I think that he would have appreciated the theme of ‘Higher Education in 2065.’   He believed that the best way to honor the past was to face the future with optimism and courage.’ Adams served as president of the IAUP from 2011 until his death in 2012.”

Read more @ http://view2.fdu.edu/fdu-whats-new/feature-stories/2014-2015/06/iaup-celebrates-golden-anniversary/

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Don’t Swap Coding Classes for Foreign Language

“I firmly believe in the value of education and career development to create economic opportunity for oneself. This is certainly an important aspect of education, though not the only one. That said, I cannot say which kind of language – computer or foreign – is more important or valuable for the career you aspire to.

I do know though that America is a vast somewhat homogenous country. A foreign language taught well opens up our kids’ mind to the heterogeneous and diverse nature of the world. Kids shouldn’t have to make a choice between a programming class and a foreign-language class. There should be ample room in our education system for both disciplines. Only then do I feel that we will truly be able to realize the full potential of our technology—when it helps us build not only better products and more efficient tools, but also a deeper understanding of human society and ‘Us’.”

Read more @ https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/dont-swap-coding-classes-foreign-language-igor-perisic

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