Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Monthly Archives: October 2015

Kathy @ the J. Michael Adams UN Lecture today

I attended the J. Michael Adams lecture @ the UN today.

An inspirational experience.

About the J. Michael Adams Lecture and Conversation Series:

 The UNAI J. Michael Adams Lecture and Conversation Series was inaugurated in 2014 in remembrance of educator, author and advocate of global citizenship, J. Michael Adams. Mr. Adams served as president of Fairleigh Dickinson University from 1999 until his death in 2012, during which time he inspired a new vision and mission dedicated to preparing world citizens through global education.”

Read more @ https://academicimpact.un.org/content/un-academic-impact-j-michael-adams-lecture-and-conversation-series-30-october-2015-un

Languages do matter!

The history of some spooky traditions from around the world

“Americans are used to celebrating Halloween with a host of ghosts, goblins and ghouls — but other places around the globe have some spooky traditions of their own.

Mexico and other Latin American communities honor the deceased during “Dia de los Muertos” otherwise known as “Day of the Dead.”

Read more @ http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/history-spooky-traditions-world-article-1.2416852

Languages do matter!

Kathy recognized for 25 years of service at FDU (Fairleigh Dickinson University)

I was among those recognized for 25 years of service at the Employee Recognition Luncheon today at FDU’s Florham campus.

Why learn a foreign language? Benefits of bilingualism

“Learning a foreign language is more than just a boost to your CV or handy for travelling. It will make you smarter, more decisive and even better at English.”

Read more @ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationopinion/10126883/Why-learn-a-foreign-language-Benefits-of-bilingualism.html

Languages do matter!

The World Has Changed: Foreign Languages Make a Huge Difference

“If 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

Languages do matter!

Why Foreign Language Education Matters

“Our companies lose international contracts to competitors, our scientists miss important collaborations, international assistance organizations fail to understand local customs critical to advancing America’s interests, and average Americans are deprived of a cultural enrichment in their lives.

Our national security is heavily dependent on translators, specialists, and interpreters within the intelligence community, the diplomatic corps, and the military.

Our ability to compete in the global marketplace — one in which China and India continue to rise – is dependent on our knowledge of other languages and cultures.

Language learning is a long-term process; unfortunately there is no short-cut to acquiring fluency in a foreign tongue. It takes hard work, individual commitment, and the proper institutional support. We must ensure that we increase the supply line of students who have strong language skills.”

Read more @ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rep-rush-holt/why-foreign-language-educ_b_127588.html

Languages do matter!

Halloween around the World (Travel Channel)

Halloween may be an American tradition, but its roots go way back. All the best superstitions of the Roman, Celtic, Catholic and European folk traditions, as well as good old American greed, have morphed into the modern-day celebration of Halloween. Second only to Christmas in spending, this superstition-rich amalgam of a holiday has become a celebration of our need to embrace our more base desires. See how countries around the world put their own spooky spin on Halloween, as well as honor spirits from beyond the grave.”

Read more @ http://www.travelchannel.com/interests/haunted/articles/halloween-around-the-world

Languages do matter!

Halloween around the World (History.com)

“Halloween, one of the world’s oldest holidays, is still celebrated today in a number of countries around the globe. In Mexico and other Latin American countries, Día de los Muertos—the Day of the Dead—honors deceased loved ones and ancestors. In countries such as Ireland, Canada and the United States, adults and children alike revel in the popular Halloween holiday, which derived from ancient festivals and religious rituals. Traditions include costume parties, trick-or-treating, pranks and games.”

Read more @ http://www.history.com/topics/halloween/halloween-around-the-world

Languages do matter!

‘You can come from nowhere and become somebody here’ (Jakarta, Indonesia)

“It’s a frenetic capital city where tea and golf are key to getting ahead — and where your neighbour might own a pet tiger.

Behind the chaotic bumper-to-bumper traffic, glass-walled skyscrapers and narrow streets of closely packed houses, Jakarta provides a fascinating introduction to Indonesia’s diversity.

The country’s capital is both a city of great wealth, where the well-to-do employ drivers and domestic staff, wear European designer clothing and might keep a tiger as a pet, but also of extreme poverty.”

Read more @ http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20151020-is-this-asias-next-land-of-fortune

Languages do matter!

What posh Brits are eating now: almond milk, Medjool dates, and all things coconut

“Waitrose, a high-end supermarket in Britain, polls its high-end customers every year. The company asks customers what they buy and how they cook. They mix in their own sales data. The results are an annual sociological snapshot (pdf) of how the British middle-to-upper classes live and eat.

They are living, and eating, pretty well. And by well, I mean health-wise.”

Read more @ http://qz.com/530081/what-posh-brits-are-eating-now-almond-milk-medjool-dates-and-all-things-coconut/

Languages do matter!