Chair, AATF Commission on Advocacy
Member, ATA Education & Pedagogy Committee
Member, CSCTFL Advisory Council
Member, NECTFL Advisory Council
Foreign Language Campaign Update — February 2016
Kathy’s TEDx Talk on the Foreign Language Deficit — 6,000 views — Thank you!!!
Kathy’s AATF (American Association of Teachers of French) Commission on Advocacy Facebook page — 800 likes
Kathy’s blog, Language Matters — 10,000 views
Let’s work together on the campaign to effectively address and eliminate the U.S. foreign language deficit!
Dr. Kathleen Stein-Smith is a dedicated foreign language educator and advocate and subject matter expert on the U.S. foreign language deficit and the role of multilingualism in global citizenship. While French is her primary foreign language, she believes that a serious conversation about foreign languages in the U.S. will benefit all languages and will highlight the historical, cultural, demographic, and economic value and importance of French language and culture, and this belief has driven her research, writing, speaking, and engagement.
Since January 2015, she has served as the Chair of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) Commission on Advocacy, where in addition to responding to communications concerning French programs at risk, she has created and maintained a Facebook page which has had more than 750 likes in its first year.
She has served as French language facilitator and conducted French language interviews for “Many Languages One World” (MLOW), organized by the UN Academic Impact and ELS Education Services, and hosted at Adelphi University, in 2014 and 2015, playing a leadership role in the selection of the French language winners. She also coached the French language winners as they prepared their UN presentations during the preparatory conference, and accompanied them to the UN General Assembly Hall, where they presented in French.
Her 2013 TEDx talk on the U.S. foreign language deficit has had more than 5,500 views. She is the author of two books and numerous articles on the U.S. foreign language deficit and related French and foreign language issues. Her blog, Language Matters, has had nearly 10,000 views.
She has spoken on the U.S. foreign language deficit and on “making the case for French in the U.S.” at the 2014 and 2015 AATF Annual Conventions respectively. She delivered a webinar on the importance of foreign languages as a career advantage for the Network of Business Language Educators (NOBLE) in 2014. She presented a poster on foreign language as a global competency at the 2015 NAFSA: Association of International Educators Annual Conference. She spoke on the importance of translation skills at the American Translators Association (ATA) 2015 Annual Conference and has been invited to join their Education and Pedagogy Committee. She is scheduled to present at the 2016 Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (CSCTFL).
She has taught French at the high school and college/university level, and to adult learners in a community school setting.
She received her Baccalauréat spécialisé en français and Maîtrise ès arts from Université Laval, Québec, and is a member of Pi Delta Phi, the French National Honor Society.
Her doctoral dissertation was on foreign language as a global competency, and her master’s thesis was on the translation of the work of French author Christiane Rochefort.
Recent Selected Professional Activities
Many Languages One World (MLOW) Essay Contest & Global Youth Forum — ELS Educational Services and the United Nations Academic Impact – French Language Facilitator (2014, 2015)
Conducted the French Language Proficiency Interviews and served as the French Language Facilitator at the preparatory conference and Global Youth Forum, assisting the students prepare their presentations at Adelphi University and accompanying the group to the UN General Assembly where they presented in French
Many Languages One World — Global Youth Forum on YouTube @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeGWvIgds8E&feature=share
Featured in the classroom with the French language group at 1:53
Speaker at the AATF (American Association of Teachers of French) annual convention 2014, 2015
“The U.S. Foreign Language Deficit and What We as Foreign Language Educators Can Do about It” (2014)
“Le Français — langue mondiale, langue locale: The Case for French in the U.S.” (2015)
Speaker at the American Translators Association (ATA) Annual Conference — November 7, 2015
“Translation and Language Skills: Giving You the Professional Edge”
Poster Presentation @ NAFSA: The Association of International Educators Annual Conference 2015, May 27, 2015
“Foreign Language As a Global Competency: Internationalizing the Campus”
Webinar — National Organization of Business Language Educators (NOBLE)
How Foreign Languages Can Give You the Professional Edge. October 21, 2014. http://nble.org/event/foreign-languages-can-give-professional-edge/?instance_id=140
“The U.S. Foreign Language Deficit – What It Is; Why It Matters; and What We Can Do About It.” TEDx talk at Fairleigh Dickinson University, September 21, 2013. Fairleigh Dickinson University, Metropolitan Campus, Teaneck, NJ.
Kathleen Stein-Smith, PhD, is Associate University Librarian and Adjunct Faculty in foreign languages and related areas at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey.
The following are some of her recent professional activities and publications.
She was selected as the Chair of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) Commission on Advocacy, effective January 2015, and has created and maintains the Facebook Page for the Commission. She has been a speaker at the AATF annual convention in 2014 and 2015.
She delivered a TEDx talk, “The U.S. Foreign Language Deficit — What It Is, Why It Matters, and What We Can Do about It,” in 2013.
She participated in the “Many Languages One World” Essay Contest & Global Youth forum as French language facilitator in both 2014 and 2015, assisting the French language essay contest winners to prepare their UN presentations and accompanying them to the UN.
She presented a webinar, “How Foreign Languages Can Give You the Professional Edge,” for the Network of Business Language Educators, in 2014.
She presented a poster, “Foreign Language as a Global Competency: Internationalizing the Campus,” at the 2015 annual convention of NAFSA: The Association of International Educators.
She is the author of two books, The U.S. Foreign Language Deficit and Our Economic and National Security: A Bibliographic Essay on the U.S. Language Paradox, and The U.S. Foreign Language Deficit and How It Can Be Effectively Addressed in the Globalized World, Edwin Mellen Press, 2013. Her recent publications also include several articles, including peer-reviewed, on the U.S. foreign language deficit and related areas.
Her doctoral dissertation, Foreign Language as a Competency in Education for Global Citizenship: From Mindset to Sustainable Skill Set, examined the status of foreign languages in the undergraduate curriculum, reasons for which they may be under-represented, and strategies for addressing the deficit.
Her interests include foreign languages and foreign language education, foreign language as a global competency, international education, foreign languages and careers, and cultural intelligence (CQ).
She has taught foreign languages at the college and university level, the middle school and high school level, and to adult community school learners. She has also served as the first Public Library Director Bilingual in English and Spanish in the State of New Jersey.