Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Monthly Archives: October 2018

Today, the 7th Anniversary of Earning My Doctorate — Thank you! Still working to ensure that every child has the opportunity to learn another language!

So happy to share that today is my 7th anniversary of earning my doctorate.

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Many thanks to those who supported me on my doctoral journey.

Still working to ensure that every child has the opportunity to learn another language! 🙂

 

Languages  do matter!

Kathy Presenting on Foreign Language Advocacy at the 2018 MaFLA Conference in Springfield

I was delighted to present on foreign language advocacy at the 2018 MaFLA Conference in Springfield yesterday. The conference theme of “Learn a New Language — Expand Your Mind, Expand Your Heart, Expand Your World,” set the tone for a wonderful conference set in historic Springfield, on the banks of the beautiful Connecticut River.

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In addition to my own presentation, I was able to attend several interesting and informative sessions on Friday and Saturday — on infografies et BD, increasing target language use in the level one classroom, and culture and language in 2 Francophone films.

I very much appreciated the opportunity to speak briefly about the AATF Commission on Advocacy and its work at the AATF Eastern Massachusetts meeting and to hear filmmaker Mariette Monpierre discuss her films, set in Guadeloupe.

Many thanks to all who attended my session, and to MaFLA, and to AATF Eastern Massachusetts for a wonderful conference.  Special thanks to Joyce Beckwith and Brian Thompson for their warm welcome to me at the AATF meeting, to Phyllis Dragonas for her gracious introduction of my session, and to Mariette Monpierre for her inspirational presentation.

Languages do matter!

 

Kathy Presenting on Foreign Language Advocacy at the 2018 NYSAFLT Conference in Rochester

I was delighted to have the opportunity to present on foreign language advocacy at the 2018 NYSAFLT conference, with its theme of “Inspiring Proficiency for Life,” in Rochester yesterday.

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After visiting the exhibit area, and taking time to visit with friends at the NECTFL table, I was able to attend several interesting and informative sessions, including one by the keynote speaker, and to attend the awards luncheon.  Sessions I attended included engaging students through culture, public advocacy, and how to engage students and build community relationships — and of course, the sessions on advocacy and community relationships resonated especially with me. I came away so impressed by the level of commitment to advocacy by everyone I spoke with during the day.

My own afternoon session was on foreign language advocacy, and I very much enjoyed the opportunity to discuss foreign language  advocacy with such dedicated and insightful professionals from across the state.

The beautiful and historic city of Rochester, with its spectacular river views, was the perfect setting.

Many thanks to NYSAFLT for having invited me to participate in this historic 101st annual conference and best wishes for continued success to all.

Kathy Presenting on Foreign Language Advocacy at the 2018 PSMLA conference in Pittsburgh

I am so happy to have had the opportunity to present on foreign language advocacy at the PSMLA 2018 annual conference, with its conference theme of “Get to the Point — Languages Matter!”

I enjoyed the opportunity to attend the interesting and informative keynote presentation given by Dr. Luis von Ahn, a Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, and co-founder and CEO of Duolingo, and to spend time in the busy exhibit area, visiting with friends at the AATF and NECTFL tables.

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I also attended a session on translation and comparison of languages, which brought back memories of my own graduate work in stylistique comparĂ©e du français et de l’anglais.

I was honored to be introduced for my session by Sister Mary Helen Kashuba, Past President of AATF, and was delighted to discuss foreign language advocacy with such dedicated and well-informed professionals.

All too soon, it was time to leave for home, leaving beautiful and historic Station Square, spectacular river views, and the “Steel City”/”City of Bridges.”

Many thanks to everyone at PSMLA for having invited me, to everyone who attended my session, to Helena at the registration desk for her warm welcome and to Tricia for having taken the photo of me with Sister Mary Helen.

Special thanks to Sister for her wonderful introduction — I will make every effort to live up to it!  🙂

Languages  do matter!

Louisiana Joins La Francophonie

“It’s official! The American state has joined the International Organization of La Francophonie (IOF) as an observer member. Its application was accepted on Thursday, October 11, by the organization’s member states at a summit in Erevan, Armenia.”

Read more @ https://france-amerique.com/en/la-louisiane-rejoint-la-francophonie/

Language matters!

Is it “fake news” en français?

Charles Aznavour, 1924 – 2018