Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Kathy Attending and Presenting at CSCTFL 2019 in Columbus

I was delighted to attend the CSCTFL 2019 Conference in Columbus, Ohio, this weekend as both a member of the Advisory Council and as a presenter, and so happy to have been invited to present on “Foreign Language Advocacy: Building a Bridge to Empowerment through Proficiency.”

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I was so impressed by the scope of the program that I attended as many sessions as I could, as well as the extensive exhibit hall. After arriving on Friday morning, I attended the AATF-Ohio annual meeting, visited with friends at the AATF table, and attended sessions throughout the day on Friday and Saturday — on authentic audio, engaging and empowering language learners, “advocacy now,” facilitating change, implementing the recommendations of the Commission on Language Learning, creating your own world language immersion day, and building bridges within the language department.

Key takeaways for me are the increasing importance of advocacy at all levels and of a cohesive and collaborative department. I thoroughly enjoyed the presentation on the immersion day imagined and implemented at a local high school, with all the creativity and planning that were necessary.

Many thanks to CSCTFL for inviting me to present and special thanks to everyone who attended my session.

Congratulations to the conference organizers on this wonderful start to CSCTFL’s next 50 years!

The setting for the conference at the Downtown Hilton and the Greater Columbus Convention Center was appealing, convenient, and comfortable for viewing the exhibits, attending sessions, and chatting with friends old and new.

As always, CSCTFL has lived up to and surpassed its tradition as “the friendly conference.”

Languages do matter!

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