Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Kathy at NECTFL 2019, the Palmes luncheon, and the AATF Region II meeting at Albertine

After arriving at the NECTFL 2019 Conference, I attended interesting and informative sessions on using authentic resources, including news broadcasts in the target languages, in class, and on drawing inspiration from the Francophone world in the French language classroom.

I visited the exhibit hall which was impressive, and very well-attended.

The conference was a wonderful opportunity to meet old friends and to make new ones. The NYC setting was perfect, and the rainy morning gave way to blue skies and brilliant midwinter sunshine from noon on, making it a great day to walk to each event.NECTFL 02-08-19

Congratulations to NECTFL on yet another successful annual conference, and special congratulations to Sister Mary Helen Kashuba on receiving the NECTFL outstanding leadership award.

Many thanks to Jacqueline Friedman for organizing the Palmes Académiques luncheon at La Bonne Soupe and to Diane Paravazian for inviting me to the AATF Region II meeting.

Special thanks to Cultural Counselor Bénédicte de Montlaur and Education Attaché Karl Cogard for their warm welcome to the beautiful Albertine and for their support of French language learning in the US.

What a wonderful day for French language advocacy in the heart of NYC, throughout the Northeast, and beyond.

Languages do matter!

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