Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Monthly Archives: March 2017

The European Union at 60 (March 25, 2017)

An important milestone for the EU.

Languages do matter!

Selected articles on the EU at 60 and Brexit —

U.K. Prime Minister Begins Process To Leave European Union                     http://www.npr.org/2017/03/29/521884329/u-k-prime-minister-begins-process-to-leave-european-union

EU leaders mark 60th anniversary with new declaration of unity http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/25/europe/eu-60th-anniversary/

European Union – 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome (March 25, 2017)          http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/french-foreign-policy/european-union/events/article/european-union-60th-anniversary-of-the-treaties-of-rome-25-03-17

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Why French? — in the NY Times “Interpreter”

I am delighted to be mentioned in the “What We’re Reading” Section of the NY Times Interpreter
What We’re Reading
“The number of global French speakers is expected to rise from 220 million today to 767 million (!!) by 2060. The linguist Kathy Stein-Smith explains why and what it means for the world.”
The link refers back to my article, “Why French?” in Language Magazine.  http://languagemagazine.com/2017/02/why-french/
Languages do matter!

20 mars — la journée internationale de la francophonie

Chaque année, à la date du 20 mars, est célébrée la Journée internationale de la Francophonie.

Les 274 millions de francophones sur les 5 continents fêtent leur langue en partage et la diversité de la Francophonie à travers des concours autour des mots, des spectacles, des festivals de films, des rencontres littéraires, des rendez-vous gastronomiques, des expositions artistiques…

Cette date a été choisie en référence au 20 mars 1970, marqué par la création à Niamey (Niger) de l’Agence de coopération culturelle et technique (ACCT), future Organisation internationale de la Francophonie.

Le site 20mars.francophonie.org recense chaque année les milliers d’activités organisées aussi bien dans les 84 États et gouvernements de l’OIF que dans ceux où le français est moins parlé.”

Read more @ http://www.20mars.francophonie.org/

Languages do matter!

«Il est de notre devoir de défendre le français»

INTERVIEW – La langue de Molière n’a rien perdu de sa superbe. Au contraire, selon Jérôme Clément, président de l’Alliance française, l’idiome ne cesse d’attirer de nouveaux locuteurs.

Avec ses 500 000 élèves dans le monde, l’Alliance française fait figure de mastodonte dans le paysage de l’apprentissage du français. Son rayonnement est tel, qu’elle a prévu d’ouvrir de nouvelles fondations cette année. Dont deux ou trois établissements en Tunisie.

Son président Jérôme Clément revient pour Le Figaro sur l’attractivité de la langue de Molière à l’étranger, symbole d’une aura française, bien loin de péricliter.

LE FIGARO – En quoi consiste une Alliance française?

Jérôme Clément – Il y a 850 alliances françaises dans le monde, réparties dans 136 pays. Elles ont chacune une même mission: participer au rayonnement du français et de sa culture sur le globe.”

Read more @ http://www.lefigaro.fr/langue-francaise/actu-des-mots/2017/03/18/37002-20170318ARTFIG00001-il-est-de-notre-devoir-de-defendre-le-francais.php

Languages do matter!

Michaëlle Jean : “Le français est encore la deuxième langue la plus enseignée dans le monde”

“Michaëlle Jean, secrétaire générale de l’organisation internationale de la Francophonie, est l’invitée de Patrick Cohen.

Il faut être décomplexé quand on est francophone : nous avons donné à la langue anglaise des milliers de mots.”

Read more @ https://www.franceinter.fr/emissions/l-invite-de-8h20/l-invite-de-8h20-17-mars-2017

Languages do matter!

Johnson: Why words die

“How to keep lexical treasures from keeling over

Of the Oxford English Dictionary’s 231,000 entries, at least a fifth are obsolete.”

Read more @ http://www.economist.com/news/books-and-arts/21717802-how-keep-lexical-treasures-keeling-over-why-words-die

Languages do matter!

Which job seekers are in hot demand? Bilingual workers.

“Help wanted: people who can speak more than one language.”

Read more @ https://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2017/03/12/wanted-bilingual-workers/t8C9txqPmwCtIGDHX1jSTI/story.html

Languages do matter!

BofA Likely to Choose Dublin for Main EU Base After Brexit

Bank of America Corp. views Dublin as its default destination for a new hub inside the European Union if Brexit means the U.K. loses easy access to the single market, according to one of the firm’s top executives in Germany.”

Read more @ https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-14/bofa-likely-to-choose-dublin-for-main-eu-base-after-british-exit

Languages do matter!

Kathy Presenting at the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (CSCTFL) in Chicago

I attended the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (CSCTFL) in Chicago this weekend, with its conference theme — PERFORMANCE + PROFICIENCY = POSSIBILITIES.

At the conference as both a member of the Advisory Council and as a presenter, I presented on “Foreign Languages — A World of Possibilities” on Saturday.

Arriving in Chicago early on Friday, I was able to attend the very inspirational keynote address highlighting the role of foreign language skills in student success.  I then attended sessions throughout the day — Speak Up for Languages!, Creating a “Centre Francophone,” The Principled Approach (TPA),  and Real Communication:  Motivating Learners toward Proficiency.  I was also able to visit with CSCTFL and AATF friends at their tables in the exhibit hall.

On Saturday, I attended an excellent session on Globally-Responsive Language Classrooms, and a session on  Le Système scolaire français before delivering my own presentation on Foreign Languages — A World of Possibilities.

Sadly, it was then time to leave this wonderful gathering of talented and dedicated foreign language educators and advocates.

In addition to the many interesting sessions on a wide variety of topics, and the opportunity to see old friends and to make new ones, the setting for the conference at Chicago’s historic Palmer House added another dimension to the experience.

I am sure that I am only one of many looking forward to the celebration of 50 years at CSCTFL 2018.

Languages do matter!

 

Feel more fun in French? Your personality can change depending on the language you speak

“Research suggests our personalities really can shift depending on the language we speak.”

Read more @ https://qz.com/925630/feel-more-fun-in-french-your-personality-can-change-depending-on-the-language-you-speak/

Languages do matter!