Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

French (Foreign Language) Advocacy in a Box

If you are aware of a French (foreign language)  program at risk, or if you would like to increase support in your community/institution for your program, these are a few things to keep in mind.

  • Make your classes as appealing and relevant as possible
  • Reach out to students, their parents, and other local stakeholders outside your classroom
  • Participate in local, regional, and national professional associations to develop your professional network, and potential allies, and to learn more about current trends and best practices.

The most important factor in effective advocacy for French or any foreign language is your conviction, your motivation, and your grasp of the available data.

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Languages do matter!

In alphabetical order

Selected Web Links




Commission on Language Learning.

Enrollments in Languages Other Than English in United States Institutions of Higher Education.                                                   

Foreign Language Enrollments in K-12 Public Schools.

Foreign Languages and Higher Education:  New Structures for a Changed World.

French:  The Most Practical Foreign Language.


On the Importance of Knowing French.

10 Good Reasons for Learning French.

Why French Matters

Selected Articles

Building a Language Proficient Society:  What Can You Do?

Why French?

Selected Videos

Are We Prepared for the Jobs of the Future?

Et en plus, je parle francais.

Lead with Languages.

Why French Matters.







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