Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Kathy presenting at the FLAME 2019 conference in Portland, Maine

I am so happy to have been selected to present at the FLAME 2019 (Foreign Language Association of Maine) conference in Portland, Maine, on “Foreign Language Skills as Student Empowerment: The Role of Advocacy.”

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After a return to the gate due to mechanical problems at Newark early Friday morning, I arrived in scenic and historic Portland and was able to attend the FLAME luncheon/business meeting and saw AATF-Maine President Nathalie Gorey receive the FLAME leadership award.

I was delighted to be invited to the AATF-Maine meeting, where I was impressed by their wide range of activities and initiatives — I was especially intrigued by a planned trip this summer to Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, nearby islands just off the coast which are actually part of Metropolitan France.

The vibrant French heritage of the region and the lovely setting “by the bay” only added to the impressiveness of this well-organized and well-attended conference.

Many thanks to the Maine foreign language educators who attended my presentation, and special thanks to the conference organizers who invited me to present.

Congratulations to AATF-Maine for the wonderful work that they do, and special congratulations to Nathalie Gorey on receiving the FLAME leadership award.

Languages do matter!





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