Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Monthly Archives: July 2016

Kathy’s blog post, “Why French?”, shared by Le blog de la – Jacquier-Calbet Associés

Many thanks to Le blog de la Associes  for sharing my post, “Why French?”

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The article, building on the post, which was published in the July 2016 issue of Language Magazine  is @

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Kathy at the UN today with the MLOW 2016 French language winners

It was a privilege and an honor today to accompany the Many Languages One World 2016 #MLOW2016 winners to the UN today.  As French language facilitator, I assisted the students as they prepared their presentations in French this week at Hofstra University.

The student winners were intelligent, articulate, well-informed, and committed to a sustainable world, and their presentations were brilliant!

I am so proud of the French language winners, whose French language skills, teamwork, and commitment to a sustainable world were exemplary.

Out topic was Goal 12:  Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.

We worked together as a community and team this week on the beautiful and busy campus of Hofstra University, and the students delivered their presentations in their second language at the UN today — they were wonderful!

After a celebratory lunch in the Delegates Dining Room, the students will enjoy a weekend of New York City sightseeing and tourism.

Many thanks to ELS  and to the UN Academic Impact for making this program possible.

Bravo, mes enfants, et bonne continuation!  🙂

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Languages do matter!

Kathy’s article, “Pushing the Multilingual Envelope,” shared by CALPER at Penn State — Thank you! :)

Many thanks to the Center For Advanced Language Proficiency Education and Research at The Pennsylvania State University for sharing my article, “Pushing the Multilingual Envelope,” that was in the March 2016 issue of Language Magazine, on their CALPER LANGUAGE ADVOCACY SITE

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Kathy’s article, “Why French?” shared by Canadian Parents for French — Thank you! :)

Many thanks to the Canadian Parents for French, Prince Edward Island Branch, for sharing my article, “Why French?” that appeared in the July issue of Language Magazine.

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Languages do matter!

More than 475 Libraries — Kathy’s book on the U.S. Foreign Language Deficit

I am delighted that my book, The U.S. Foreign Language Deficit, and Our Economic and National Security : a Bibliographic Essay on the U.S. Language Paradox, is in more than 475 libraries around the world according to WorldCat.

Many thanks to all of you who have added my book to your collection and to all my readers.

Languages do matter!

Matt Miller (Bloomberg anchor speaks German)

“Matt Miller is a reporter for Bloomberg Television, covering the auto and aviation industries, and is the markets correspondent for Bloomberg <GO>.

He spent a year studying economics at the Eberhard Karls University in Tubingen, Germany, where he learned German.”

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Kathy’s 9th anniversary on WordPress! — Thank you all for your support! :)

Thank you all for viewing my blogs over these past 9 years!

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1,200 likes for the AATF Commission on Advocacy Facebook page — Thank you!!!

Merci, mes amis, pour les 1,200 Facebook likes pour la Commission pour la Defense de la langue francaise! 🙂

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Buildings Across the Globe Illuminate in Solidarity With France

“In the wake of an attack on the southern French city of Nice, when a driversmashed into crowds of people celebrating the country’s national holiday, buildings all over the world lit up to show solidarity with France, radiating the blue, white and red of the nation’s flag.”

Buildings Across the Globe Illuminate in Solidarity With France

Languages do matter!

“Why French?” Now available online from Language Magazine, July 2016

Kathy Stein-Smith explains why demand is growing for French the world over.

The question for most of us should no longer be Why French? but rather Why not French? and Why not now?

Many thanks to Dan and the team at Language Magazine for this opportunity to get the word out, and to the AATF leadership for making a copy of the July issue available to all who attended the annual convention last week.”

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