Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Kathy Presenting at the SCOLT 2018 Conference in Atlanta

I am honored to have been invited to present on “The Role of Advocacy in Building Foreign Language Proficiency at All Levels” at the SCOLT (Southern Conference on Language Teaching) 2018 Conference in Atlanta on Friday.

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The balmy weather was a sharp contrast to below-freezing temperatures in North Jersey, and was mirrored by the warm welcome I received at the registration desk.

In addition to my own presentation, I was able to attend several interesting and informative sessions on supporting students in foreign language learning, dual-language immersion, the state of world languages in Georgia, advocacy for foreign language education, strategic choices in enhancing university foreign language programs, and the NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements.

I found the emphasis on foreign language advocacy and dual-language immersion — with its real-world/real-life impact on individual careers and state/regional economic growth — both interesting and encouraging.

I was able to visit with friends at the AATF table in the spacious and well-attended multi-level exhibit area and to meet the SCOLT Teacher of the Year, one of AATF’s own, and enjoyed interacting with dedicated foreign language educators throughout the day.

The conference venue was both attractive and comfortable, with wonderful tech support staff, and conveniently located adjacent to the airport. I actually spotted a group of conference attendees enjoying our box lunch picnic-style on the lawn off the exhibit area with a large plane parked nearby!  🙂

Special thanks to the conference organizers for having invited me to present, and to my gracious session presider. Congratulations on a successful and well-attended conference, and best wishes for continued success.

Languages do matter!

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