Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Kathy’s new book and summer update

I am delighted to share with you that my new book, The U.S. Foreign Language Deficit:  Strategies for Maintaining a Competitive Edge in a Globalized World (Palgrave Macmillan), is now available online, print to follow in September.

What a wonderful end to a pleasant and productive summer!  🙂

As you know, I spoke at the AATF (American Association of Teachers of French) annual conference in Austin in early July on “French Language Skills — Your Career Differentiator.”  

My article — “Why French?” — was published in the July issue of Language Magazine, distributed to all in attendance.

Also in July, I served once again as French language facilitator, assisting the French language winners in developing their UN presentations in French and accompanying them to the UN, at Many Languages One World (MLOW), an initiative of the UN Academic Impact to highlight the role of multilingualism in global citizenship and to encourage study of the official languages of the UN.  This year’s winners presented on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the UN.

My article — “Beyond Foreign Languages: Foreign Language as a Global Competency in International Education”  — was published in the May/June issue of International Educator, distributed to all in attendance at the 2016 NAFSA annual conference.

I have also been invited to join the CSCTFL (Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Advisory Council.

Chair, AATF Commission on Advocacy

Member, ATA Education & Pedagogy Committee

Member, CSCTFL Advisory Council                         

“The U.S. Foreign Language Deficit — What It Is; Why It Matters; and What We Can Do about It.”  TEDx Talk.

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