Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Monthly Archives: September 2015

For multilingual pope, English comes second (or third)

“Pope Francis’ visit to the United States is an historic first — and a linguistic challenge for the former South American cardinal who until recently had mostly spoken publicly in Italian and his native Spanish.

Of course, tending a flock of around 1.2 billion Roman Catholics spread across the globe has always been a multilingual affair.

Pope Francis, however, is a less prodigious language speaker than his predecessors — Pope John Paul II spoke eight languages fluently, Pope Benedict XVI seven. Francis reportedly has a command of four languages: Spanish, Italian, German and Latin.”

Read more @ http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2015/09/for_multilingual_pope_english_comes_second_or_thir.html

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Pope Francis arrives in New York City

“NEW YORK — Pope Francis arrived here amid throngs of cheering, flag-waving fans for a historic visit to the Big Apple.

The pope stepped through the huge, recently renovated bronze doors of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, as a congregation of about 2,500 greeted him with a roar and the choir sang a sacred piece by Mozart written for evening prayer.

Francis walked down the center aisle of the church, sprinkling holy water on those gathered.

The pope entered midtown in his signature Fiat but moved to his Popemobile for the last few blocks down Fifth Avenue to the cathedral, waving to crowds en route. Church Bells chimed; the pope waved; the crowd roared.

In his homily, he avoided political issues and spoke instead to Roman Catholics, particularly the many priests, nuns and brothers in his audience, about spiritual issues.”

Read more @ http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/09/24/pope-francis-us-trip-new-york-city-st-patricks-cathedral/72750282/

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European Day of Languages – 26 September 2015

“The European Day of Languages 2015 – a time to focus on the languages of schooling, the forgotten languages… Each year, on 26 September, the European Day of Languages is celebrated by the Council of Europe and thousands of citizens from across Europe and around the world. It is a day when we celebrate the rich mosaic of different languages that coexist in all our countries, both from Europe and other regions of the world. Languages evolve constantly and are strengthened by borrowing from other languages, which contributes to and enriches our linguistic and cultural heritage. So, in this year, 2015, why don’t we turn our attention to the languages that are seldom invited to this annual festival? These are the languages used in our schools as the medium of instruction and of learning.”

Read more @ http://edl.ecml.at/Portals/33/documents/statements2015/EDL-statement-EN.pdf

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Portuguese Immersion: Talk about tough decisions: Brazil or Portugal?

“There’s never been a better time to go to Brazil. With the Rio Olympic Games on the horizon in 2016 and the infrastructure already in place from the most recent World Cup, Brazil has never been so equipped to welcome international visitors. Meanwhile, Portugal continues to attract students with its old-world charm, delicious cuisine, and unique Iberian landscape. On top of this, Portuguese has never been more popular on U.S. university campuses: according to the most recent MLA report on language enrollments, between 2009 and 2013, Portuguese enrollments jumped by 10%. Here are some of the world’s best programs for studying Portuguese as a foreign language.”

http://languagemagazine.com/?page_id=124191

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Namer of Thrones

Game of Thrones’ language creator, David J. Peterson, details his extraordinary career as Hollywood’s linguist-in-chief

Best known for creating the fictional languages for hit series such as Game of Thrones, Defiance, andThe 100, Peterson talks to Judy Heflin about his journey to mainstream success in language creation and his upcoming book, The Art of Language Invention.

With a language, any language, you learn to see the world from a different perspective. A language creator then has the opportunity to craft a new perspective or a new worldview and to do so deliberately for whatever purpose they intend.”

Read more @ http://languagemagazine.com/?page_id=124399

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Top Programs for Latino Student Success

“Excelencia in Education on Tuesday added 20 new entrants to its inventory of educational programs that help more Latino students earn college degrees.”

Read more @ https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2015/09/23/top-programs-latino-student-success

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Less than half of graduates eligible for Arizona universities (foreign language requirements)

“Arizona high school graduation requirements mostly align with the universities’ admission requirements, with the exception of foreign languages. The state requires that students take elective courses, but does not specifically call for foreign language.

Of Tucson’s nine major school districts, only two — Catalina Foothills and Tanque Verde — require two units of a foreign language to graduate. Flowing Wells calls for one unit.

Sanchez acknowledges that TUSD’s graduation policy may need to be revisited to achieve better alignment with the college admissions requirements.”

Read more @ http://tucson.com/news/local/education/less-than-half-of-graduates-eligible-for-arizona-universities/article_a4be99f0-3a3e-5fef-9d2f-f69176b02a7c.html

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The World Has Changed: Foreign Languages Make a Huge Difference

“It’s not just about learning to speak a language; it’s about cultural nuances, humility, cognitive development, improved language arts, and being able to work across borders to solve big and small problems.

f we want more Americans to be successful and to be able to compete in the global marketplace, we must teach them cross-cultural skills and more foreign languages earlier, not less later. But we need to do so in the right way.

The world has changed. The stakes for our children are high, and rising. Americans must work together as parents, teachers, administrators and business leaders to maintain — if not increase — foreign language in our schools’ budgets.”

Read more @ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stacie-nevadomski-berdan/teaching-foreign-languages_b_1244954.html

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TEDx Event Shows Why FDU Cares (September 21, 2013) — 2-year anniversary

““Why We Care! – Global Challenges and Realities” was the theme of the TEDxFairleighDickinsonUniversity event held at the Metropolitan Campus on September 21.”

http://www.myfdu.net/s/701/index.aspx?sid=701&gid=1&sitebuilder=1&pgid=2193&cid=3829&ecid=3829&ciid=16348&crid=0

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Ireland is first choice for international students studying in Europe

“Ireland is first choice for international students studying in Europe

International students studying in Europe are most satisfied with their university experience in Ireland,”

Read more @ http://www.irishcentral.com/news/education/Ireland-is-first-choice-for-international-students-studying-in-Europe.html?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Best%20of%20IC%20September%2021&utm_term=The%20Best%20of%20IrishCentral

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