Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Monthly Archives: May 2016

5 Most Useful Languages To Learn (To Make More Money)

“The good news is, learning a language has shown to not only increase your chances of finding amazing work opportunities, but it’s shown to increase your earnings.’s hiring forecast showed that 39 percent of U.S. employers said they plan to hire bilingual candidates, and half said that if they had two equally qualified candidates, they would be more inclined to hire the bilingual one.

Make More Money

Learning a language has shown to add between 10–15% to your wage, according to language specialist recruitment agency, Euro London.”

Read more @

Languages do matter!

The 10 Coolest Jobs You Can Get By Learning a Foreign Language

Knowing a foreign language can help you in many aspects of your life, including travel, family connection, and even mental health. But did you know that you can find some of the coolest jobs just by knowing another language?

Read more @

Languages do matter!

7 Ways Learning a Foreign Language can Improve Your Life

“Learning a foreign language can enhance your life in so many ways. It can help improve things like health, job opportunities, relationships and personal development. Unfortunately, and maybe generally, those of English-speaking heritage are notoriously lazy when it comes to learning a language other than our own. Once you can speak another language, it can open so many doors. We’ve listed seven excellent reasons as to why you should learn a foreign language.”

7 Ways Learning a Foreign Language can Improve Your Life

Languages do matter!

Dual language helps children intellectually

“The usual way of teaching language to non-English students begins with native Spanish speakers in the class being taught by bi-lingual teachers where learning English is emphasized.

Native English speaking students often have had little contact with native Spanish speakers.

There is another way of teaching that is more deliberate than throwing them all together and hoping they will learn from each other.

On the week the class was observed, it was afternoon.

The students spoke in Spanish. All of them, both native Spanish speakers and native English speakers as well as Moran. That morning they had been all been speaking in English — all of them.

All subjects were taught in the language of the morning or afternoon session. All of the classes usually taught in kindergarten were being taught in the language of that session.

Reading, writing, science and social studies are taught in both languages. All materials are in both languages. There is a sign on the doorway that indicates which language is being spoken in the classroom.

The next week the sessions will be reversed with Spanish in the morning and English in the afternoons.”

Read more @

Languages do matter!

Beyond Foreign Languages: Foreign Language as a Global Competency in International Education

Beyond Foreign Languages: Foreign Language as a Global Competency in International Education

Although, sadly, I will not be at the NAFSA annual conference this year, I would be happy to discuss the themes of my article in the current issue of International Educator @

Languages do matter!

My article, “Pushing the Multilingual Envelope,” now available online

My article, “Pushing the Multilingual Envelope,” published in the March issue of Language Magazine,  is now available online.

Many thanks to Dan and the editorial team.  🙂

Languages do matter!

Why French? — Over 1,000 views — Merci! :)

My recent post, Why French?, has received well over 1,000 views —  French language and Francophone culture, our passion and message, is more than worthy of such a strong response!

Many thanks to all of you who have taken the time to view it – your support is deeply appreciated 🙂

Bon weekend!

The benefits of learning a second language (Omniglot)

“Learning a new language takes time and dedication. Once you do, being fluent in a second language offers numerous benefits and opportunities. Learning a second language is exciting and beneficial at all ages. It offers practical, intellectual and many aspirational benefits.

Whatever your age, being bilingual certainly has its advantages, especially in today’s global society. Here are the top benefits of learning a second language:”

Read more @

Languages do matter!

Why French? — best blog post of all time — more than 400 views — Thank you! :)

Many thanks to all of you who have taken the time to view  Why French?

“French is spoken on every continent, with 220 million speakers, and one of the 10 most widely spoken languages in the world.

A 2014 investment bank Natixis study suggests that, by 2050, French might be the most widely spoken language in the world, with a half billion speakers.

A recent Duolingo, a leader in mobile language learning software and tools, study has found that French is the second most frequently studied language, with only English having more learners.”

Read  more @

French does matter!

Over 7,000 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 it.