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.

Please feel free to contact me on FB @ https://www.facebook.com/AATFcommissiononadvocacy

or by email @ kathysteinsmith@gmail.com

Languages do matter!

In alphabetical order

Selected Web Links

AATF — http://www.utm.edu/staff/globeg/advofr.shtml

https://frenchadvocacy.wikispaces.com/

https://www.facebook.com/AATFcommissiononadvocacy/;

ACTFL — https://www.actfl.org/advocacy

CSCTFL — http://www.csctfl.org/committees/advocacy/index.html

Commission on Language Learning.  http://www.amacad.org/content/Research/researchproject.aspx?d=21896

Enrollments in Languages Other Than English in United States Institutions of Higher Education.                                                             https://www.mla.org/Resources/Research/Surveys-Reports-and-Other-Documents/Teaching-Enrollments-and-Programs/Enrollments-in-Languages-Other-Than-English-in-United-States-Institutions-of-Higher-Education

Foreign Language Enrollments in K-12 Public Schools. https://www.actfl.org/news/reports/foreign-language-enrollments-k-12-public-schools-are-students-ready-global-society

Foreign Languages and Higher Education:  New Structures for a Changed World. https://www.mla.org/Resources/Research/Surveys-Reports-and-Other-Documents/Teaching-Enrollments-and-Programs/Foreign-Languages-and-Higher-Education-New-Structures-for-a-Changed-World

French:  The Most Practical Foreign Language.  http://www.faculty.fll.vt.edu/French/whyfrench.html

JNCL-NCLIS — http://www.languagepolicy.org/advocacy/member-advocacy-materials/

On the Importance of Knowing French. http://www.utm.edu/staff/globeg/profren.shtml

10 Good Reasons for Learning French. http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/french-foreign-policy/francophony/promoting-french-around-the-world-7721/article/10-good-reasons-for-learning

Why French Mattershttps://foreignlanguages.camden.rutgers.edu/french/why-french-matters/

Selected Articles

Building a Language Proficient Society:  What Can You Do?  http://www.ericdigests.org/2001-1/language.html

Why French? http://languagemagazine.com/?p=125752

Selected Videos

Are We Prepared for the Jobs of the Future? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwCEkleilNQ

Et en plus, je parle francais.  http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3y5p8y_et-en-plus-je-parle-francais_school

Lead with Languages. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxxBr4aKnRM

Why French Matters.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HiJlGa0BtjA

 

 

 

 

 

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