Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Monthly Archives: January 2016

International Mother Language Day — 21 February

“International Mother Language Day was proclaimed by the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in November 1999 (30C/62).

International Mother Language Day has been observed every year since February 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.”

Read more @ http://www.un.org/en/events/motherlanguageday/

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FEBRUARY IS DISCOVER LANGUAGES MONTH (ACTFL)

“February has been designated as Discover Languages month by the ACTFL Board of Directors.  ACTFL members are encouraged to organize events and activities around this theme during the month of February.

As part of the sustained public awareness campaign to promote language education, the ACTFL Board of Directors has designated the month of February as Discover Languages month.  This effort will be celebrated annually as a time when language educators can help to raise public awareness by focusing on language programs and the important benefits that people of all ages gain from learning languages.”

Read more @ http://www.actfl.org/advocacy/discover-languages/advocacy/discover-languages/the-initiative/february-discover-languages-0

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‘BILITERACY’ SEAL ON STUDENT DIPLOMAS WILL RECOGNIZE AND REWARD BILINGUALISM (NJ)

“Ability to speak two languages called important advantage for NJ students as they enter workforce and college.

New Jersey has joined more than a dozen other states that endorse an official seal on high school graduates’ diplomas and other records that signifies they are proficient in a second language.

Known as the State Seal of Biliteracy and signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie last week, the mark is aimed as a way to highlight the language abilities of thousands of New Jersey’s graduates as they enter the workforce and college.

The program started in California in 2012, and now has been adopted by 13 states and is under consideration in a half-dozen more.”

Read more @ http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/16/01/26/biliteracy-seal-on-student-diplomas-recognizes-rewards-bilingualism/

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White Hot Employer Demand For MBAs Who Speak Multiple Languages

“Ask anyone working at a business school what makes it unique and you’ll get a spiel about global diversity. Yet companies are desperate for graduates who have honed multiple languages and cultural norms.”

Read more @ http://www.businessbecause.com/news/mba-careers/3718/mba-careers-demand-for-language-skills

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The World’s Most Spoken Languages In One Fascinating Infographic

“Whenever I meet someone of a different ethnicity, out of sheer curiosity, I always ask if they speak the language of their heritage. I like to see language as almost a binding agent that helps smooth over communication.

Business deals can go in a completely different direction if someone knows even a few words of another language, and, let’s be honest, traveling around the world and practicing different words you’ve picked up is fun. Having even a rudimentary understanding of another language also allows you to connect with someone of a different culture much more quickly, and people generally appreciate any efforts of communication in their own tongue. Science has also shed light on how learning more languages can improve your intelligence.

This interesting info-graph shows which languages are spoken the most around the world.  Any language which has at least 50 million first language speakers made the list, and this comprises 23 of the 7, 120 known languages around the world.”

Read more @ http://www.collective-evolution.com/2016/01/23/the-worlds-most-spoken-languages-in-one-fascinating-infographic/

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Why some people find learning a language harder than others

“Speed and extent of learning determined by innate differences in how the various parts of the brain “talk” to one another

People who struggle to learn foreign languages may simply have brains that are not wired to retain linguistic skills, a new study suggests.

Learning a second language is far easier for some adults than others because of innate differences in how the various parts of the brain “talk” to one another.

The difference is so striking that researchers can even predict who will succeed in language skills, and who will fail, simply based on brain scans.

t is all to do with how well language centres of the brain communicate when resting. Most learning occurs when the brain is at rest, which is why sleep is so important.

Scientists at McGill University in Canada found that if left anterior operculum and the left superior temporal gyrus communicate more with each other at rest, then language learning is easier.”

Read more @ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/12108758/Why-some-people-find-learning-a-language-harder-than-others.html

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Michael Collins was Britain’s second greatest foe after George Washington

Michael Collins was officially voted as Britain’s second greatest foe, only losing to the first American president, George Washington.

Barring domestic political enemies from the competition, those who were included in the vote must have led an army against the British empire. Each contender had to have been active from the 17th century onward.”

Read more @ http://www.irishcentral.com/news/michael-collins-named-britains-second-greatest-foe-after-george-washington-147555665-237441701.html?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=IC%20Favorites%20January%2023%202016&utm_term=The%20Best%20of%20IrishCentral

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Kathy’s book in more than 300 Worldcat libraries — Thank you! :)

book-cover-image_crop1.jpgI am delighted to inform you that my book, The U.S. Foreign Language Deficit, and Our National and Economic Security:  A Bibliographic Essay on the U.S. Language Paradox, is  in the collection of over 300 Worldcat libraries (319, as we speak), located more than 20 countries, in North America, South America, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, New Zealand, and Australia, in addition to the United States.

Many thanks to all — librarians and readers — who have engaged with my writing and research!  🙂

You may find a list of my current publications @ https://kathleensteinsmith.wordpress.com/my-publications/

My TEDx talk — The U.S. Foreign Language Deficit and Our Economic and National Security:  What It Is; Why It Matters; and What We Can Do about It — may be viewed @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CZ7zu5Aeu0

As always, your support and encouragement are greatly appreciated.

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Why learn Irish? The language students of North America give their answers

“What would bring a group of close to 50 North Americans to the Connemara Gaeltacht to learn the Irish language?”

Read more @ http://www.irishcentral.com/culture/Why-learn-Irish-The-language-students-of-North-America-give-their-answers.html?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Best%20of%20IC%201.21&utm_term=The%20Best%20of%20IrishCentral

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World’s most international universities 2016

Times Higher Education World University Rankings data reveal the top 200 most outward-looking institutions

The best universities in the world are truly global institutions – ones that attract students and scholars from all over the world and collaborate with leading departments no matter where they are based.

All of the universities that feature in our World University Rankings place internationalisation high on their agenda. But which ones are the most international?

Qatar University tops the list, which is based on the results of the “international outlook” indicator in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2016, while the UK is the nation that does the best on this measure overall.”

Read more @ https://www.timeshighereducation.com/features/200-most-international-universities-world-2016

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