Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Monthly Archives: March 2016

Report Tracks Noncredit Educational Activities Abroad

“A new report from the Institute of International Education provides data on the range of noncredit educational activities students are pursuing abroad, including volunteering and service learning, work or internships, research or fieldwork, study tours, religious missions, and travel for academic conferences, artistic performances or athletic competitions.

Among the universities surveyed, Latin America is the most popular destination for noncredit activities. (By contrast, the most popular destination for for-credit study abroad is Europe.)”

Read more @ https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2016/03/31/report-tracks-noncredit-educational-activities-abroad

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April Fools’ Day in France: Le Poisson d’Avril

“Today in France, those who are fooled on April 1 are called the “Poisson d’Avril” (the April Fish). A common prank (especially among school-aged children) is to place a paper fish on the back of an unsuspecting person. When the paper fish is discovered, the victim is declared a “Poisson d’Avril.”

While it is not clear of the origins of fish being associated with April 1, many think the correlation is related to zodiac sign of Pisces (a fish), which falls near April.

If you are looking for an easy way to prank your friends or family, doodling or cutting out a paper fish and sticking it on the back of an unsuspecting victim is an easy (though admittedly juvenile) way of commemorating the origins of April Fools’ Day.

Of course as someone who enjoys France in large part because of all the amazing food, my personal favorite part about Poisson d’Avril are the plethora of bakeries and cholocatiers that make fish shaped French pastries and chocolates in honor of the holiday.”

Read more @ http://www.francetravelguide.com/april-fools-day-in-france-le-poisson-davril.html

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Many Languages One World 2016 — 1 Day Left!

“Share your ideas and be heard… perhaps even in the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations!

60 Students will be selected as delegates to the 2016 United Nations Academic Impact Global Youth Forum, 25-31 July, 2016, where they will create action plans related to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The students will present these action plans at United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

Airfare, Room and Meals will be provided by ELS Educational Services, Inc. at Hofstra University.

To Participate:

Write an original essay (2,000 words or less) discussing global citizenship and cultural understanding and the role that multilingual ability can play in fostering these.”

Read more @ https://www.els.edu/en/ManyLanguagesOneWorld

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Technology is not going to crush the language barrier anytime soon

“So why do programs continue to stumble on what seem like easy translations?

It’s so difficult for computers because translation doesn’t – or shouldn’t – involve simply translating words, sentences or paragraphs. Rather, it’s about translating meaning.”

Read more @ http://www.businessinsider.com/technology-is-not-going-to-crush-the-language-barrier-anytime-soon-2016-3

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Kathy’s TEDx Talk on the U.S. Foreign Language Deficit — over 6,500 views — Thank you! :)

Over 6,500 views of Kathy’s TEDx talk on the U.S. Foreign Language Deficit — Thank you!  🙂

Many thanks to all of you who have taken the time to view my TEDx talk @

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Easter Monday (holiday)

“Easter Monday is observed as a public holiday in many countries.

Many government offices, businesses and educational institutions are closed on Easter Monday in countries where it is a public holiday. Those wishing to travel via public transport may wish to check with the relevant public transit authorities on schedules and timetables.”

Read more @ http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/common/easter-monday

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What Tenured and Tenure-Track Professors at 4-Year Colleges Made in 2015-16

“Professors in the fields of business, law, and engineering draw the highest salaries among faculty members who have tenure or are on the tenure track, according to the results of an annual survey released on Monday by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources.”

Read more @ http://chronicle.com/article/What-TenuredTenure-Track/235857

See also “What You Teach Is What You Earn.”

“Survey finds 2.2 percent median salary increase for tenure-track faculty members at four-year colleges and universities in 2015-16, but wide variation by discipline.”

Read more @  https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/03/28/study-finds-continued-large-gaps-faculty-salaries-based-discipline

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Easter Rising: Centenary parade takes place in Dublin

“Hundreds of thousands of people have lined the streets of Dublin where a parade has marked the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising.

The military parade was the largest ever staged in the Republic of Ireland, and featured a fly-past over the city centre by the Irish Air Corps.

The 1916 rebellion was an attempt to overthrow British rule in Ireland.

Sunday’s ceremony was the culmination of a series of centenary commemorations organised by the Irish government.”

Read more @ http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35905248

Languages do matter!

Easter celebrations around the world, in pictures

History of the Cherry Blossom Trees and Festival

“Each year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC. The gift and annual celebration honor the lasting friendship between the United States and Japan and the continued close relationship between the two countries.”

Read more @ http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/about/history/

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