Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Monthly Archives: January 2019

End to end with 15 football phrases from around the world

“The 32 teams competing for the World Cup in Russia have each brought with them a distinctive football lexicon that reflects their country’s relationship with the sport.”

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Languages do matter!

Kathy at the French American Academy Open House

I attended the Open House of the French American Academy, located in New Milford, NJ, yesterday, and came away impressed and inspired by this treasure in North Jersey.

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One of two campuses located just outside New York City, the New Milford campus offers a pre-K — 5 program, as well as Saturday classes for students not currently enrolled, but interested in developing French language bilingual skills.

Students also have the possibility of continuing their program through Grade 8 at the Jersey City campus, with transportation available, which allows ample time and opportunity to develop both language proficiency and intercultural knowledge.

In addition to the academic program, students have summer camp and travel opportunities, and the Academy has a relationship with a school in Haiti.

Located in a lovely residential neighborhood, the school was spacious, bright, and vibrant with student artwork.

Many thanks to the entire faculty and staff for their warm welcome, especially to Cathy Joly, Admissions Director; Jeremie Peyre, Principal; and Marion Nordin, 3rd Grade teacher — dedicated French language and bilingual educators, all.

Special thanks to Anne-Sophie Gueguen, Founder and Director, who graciously welcomed me, answered my many questions, and toured the entire school with me.

The French American Academy is a wonderful example of bilingual and immersion education, and an opportunity for families in the NYC Metro area, whether Francophone, Francophile, or not, to offer the gift of bilingualism to their children.

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Languages do matter!



Kathy’s newest book — The Gift of Languages: Paradigm Shift in U.S. Foreign Language Education.

I am delighted to share with you that my newest book, The Gift of Languages: Paradigm Shift in U.S. Foreign Language Education, co-authored with Fabrice Jaumont, and part of the Bilingual Revolution series, has been published by TBR Books, a program of the Center for the Advancement of Languages, Education, and Communities (CALEC).

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Languages do matter!






Kathy Presenting on Foreign Language Advocacy at the MLA 2019 Convention in Chicago

I am so happy to have had the opportunity to present on “Advocacy and Languages across the K-16 Continuum” as a participant in the panel discussion on “Promoting Language Study in Public Discourse” at the MLA 2019 Convention in Chicago this week.

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In addition to my own panel, there were so many interesting sessions to choose from!

I attended sessions on mentoring job seekers in languages, teaching French women writers, translingual writing by French and Francophone authors, and on demonstration interviews in languages.

It was wonderful to have an opportunity to hear so many wonderful speakers, to interact with colleagues from across the country and beyond, and to meet so many young people passionate about the humanities.

The conference was well planned and organized, and its setting on the banks of the Chicago River was beautiful, with dramatic views of the city throughout the day and evening.

Many thanks to my fellow panelists and to all who attended my presentation, and special thanks to Dennis Looney and to Gary Schmidt for the opportunity to participate in this very important conversation on foreign language advocacy.

Languages do matter!

Bonne Année à tous mes amis

Bonne Année à tous mes amis

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