Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Kathy’s Spring Semester Update – Presentations, Publications, and “French All around Us”!

It has been a wonderful semester, but the highlight has been the publication of the collective work (KSS, editor), “French All around Us: French Language and Francophone Culture in the United States” on March 20th, in observance of the International Francophonie Day, followed by the official Book Launch at the OIF offices at the UN in NYC on May 5th!

Spring Highlights —

Books (in reverse chronological order) —

French All around Us — French Language and Francophone Culture in the United States. TBR Books, 2022.  (March 20, 2022). Official Book Launch at the offices of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) at the UN in NYC. May 5, 2022.

Articles (in reverse chronological order) —

“Africa and the French Language Are Growing Together in Global Importance.” The Conversation Africa March 17, 2022.  https://theconversation.com/africa-and-the-french-language-are-growing-together-in-global-importance-179224

“Multilingualism and Its Purposes — Interdisciplinary Applications in Language Education and Advocacy,” has been published in JLSP: Journal of Languages for Specific Purposes no. 9, March 2022. http://jlsp.steconomiceuoradea.ro/current-issue/

“Multilingualism, global competency and language learning for a better world: The role of independent scholar” Ronin Institute Blog Feb 23, 2022. https://ronininstitute.org/multilingualism-global-competency-and-language-learning-for-a-better-world-the-role-of-independent-scholars/7028/

“Language at the Intersection.” Language Magazine website. Feb 8, 2022. https://www.languagemagazine.com/2022/02/08/language-at-the-intersection/

“Rethinking Language Education in the US – A New Paradigm for Language Educators, Advocates, and Stakeholders.” International Journal of Contemporary Education vol. 5 no 1 (Apr) 2022. Published online Feb 4, 2022. https://redfame.com/journal/index.php/ijce/article/view/5477

“French Language and Francophone Culture in Sub-Saharan Africa — Interdisciplinary
Reflections on Multilingualism and French Language Education.” International Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences (IJHSS). vol 11, no 10 Oct 2021. Published Feb 7, 2022. http://www.ijhssnet.com/journal/index/4794

Presentations (in reverse chronological order)

Presentation on “French All around Us: French Language and Francophone Culture in the United States” at the Book Launch at the office of the  Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) at the UN. May 5, 2022.

Presentation at the Colloque, “l’Université de Montréal et du monde de demain.” May 3, 2022.

Presentation on “French All around Us,” at the Rassemblement 2022 (UMaine Franco-American Programs), April 23, 2022.

Presentation on”Languages for Us All: Access, Affordability, and Advocacy” at the SCOLT (Southern Conference on Language Teaching) 2022 conference in Norfolk, VA. (April 1, 2022).

Presentation on The Gift of Languages: Paradigm Shift in US Foreign Language Education, at the University of Southern Maine Franco-American Collection. March 18, 2022.

Presentation on “French Language Advocacy: The Power of Partnerships,” at the FLAME 2022 conference March 12, 2022.

Presentation on “Language Advocacy: Maximizing the Power of Proficiency” at the CSCTFL (Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) 2022 virtual conference (March 4, 2022).

Presentation on “Mother Languages Are Spoken by 70 Million Americans at Home, but Only One in Five Students Can Access Language Learning in Our Schools!” at the CTAUN (Committee on Teaching about the UN) webinar in observance of International Mother Language Day –MULTILINGUALISM – THE NEW GLOBAL COMPETENCE STANDARD: MOTHER LANGUAGE + 2 https://teachun.org/conference/2022-un/ (Feb 21, 2022).


Featured in (In reverse chronological order)

“French All around Us” featured by CALEC/TBR Books at the Festival du Livre de Paris 2022. (April 22-24, 2022).

Featured in “French is Literally Everywhere: Stories of Francophone Culture in the U.S.” Mar 21, 2022. https://newyorkinfrench.net/profiles/blogs/french-all-around-us

Featured in “Who Are the Francophones in the United States?,” an article about my newest edited book, French All Around Us: French Language and Francophone Culture in the United States. https://france-amerique.com/en/who-are-the-francophones-in-the-united-states/ https://france-amerique.com/qui-sont-les-francophones-des-etats-unis/   (Mar 21, 2022).

Featured in a conversation about “Language Matters” with the Tennessee World Affairs Council (TNWAC). https://youtube.com/watch?v=UuMVoaq_NdA (12/21 -1/22). For addition information – https://www.tnwac.org/

Included in ASFAP’s  winter issue 2021 of the Gazette violette for my (forthcoming early 2022) book, French All around Us: French Language and Francophone Culture in the United States. TBR Books, 2022,

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