Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Kathy @ NECTFL as a Member of the Advisory Council and Palmes académiques

I am happy to share with you my experience at the NECTFL (Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) annual conference, which I attended as a member of the Advisory Council in NYC on Friday.

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Despite the gray skies and chilly temperatures, it was a wonderful day, with opportunities to see old friends and to make new ones.

I was able to attend 2 very interesting sessions.  The first was on developing 21st century skills — creativity, along with technological and media skills — while developing proficiency in a foreign language. Later in the day, I attended a session on “proficiency with a purpose,” within the unique context of an interdisciplinary minor in European Union/European Studies, which addressed both the role of motivation and purpose in developing proficiency and the significance of interdisciplinary collaborations.

In the exhibit area, I was able to visit the AATF and FLENJ tables, as well as several national, state and NY metropolitan area language education organization tables.

A high point of the day was the offsite Palmes académiques luncheon. Having just recently been named a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes académiques, this was my first opportunity to meet members from the greater New York area and the Northeast.  What a wonderful group of dedicated French language educators!  Special thanks to Jacqueline Friedman for organizing this lovely event!

Congratulations to the entire NECTFL team on yet another wonderful conference and best wishes for continued success!

 

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