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Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

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Venice, Invaded by Tourists, Risks Becoming ‘Disneyland on the Sea’

“Venice, once a great maritime and mercantile power, risks being conquered by day-trippers.

Italian government officials, lamenting what they call ‘low-quality tourism,’ are considering limiting the numbers of tourists who can enter the city or its landmark piazzas.”

Read more @ https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/02/world/europe/venice-italy-tourist-invasion.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur

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The Importance of Foreign Language

“I first started learning French as a first-year student in high school. My initial reasons were just because I thought it was cool, but years later, I’ve grown to value the experiences and opportunities that I’ve had from studying French.

Through studying French, I’ve had the opportunity to meet a lot of new people. This summer I hosted a French student named Andrea and it was an extremely valuable experience. I was able to gain insight into another culture that I wouldn’t have been able to without studying French.

At Western, I’m on my second year of French and I’ve found the program to be very rewarding. As someone who aspires to travel in the future, having knowledge of French language and culture will be valuable.

Foreign language at Western isn’t only about the language; it’s about the culture, too. Having a better understanding of other cultures around the globe creates more well-rounded and culturally understanding students.”

Read more @ http://www.wou.edu/westernjournal/importance-foreign-language/

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Mother’s Day today: Fun facts and traditions about Mothering Sunday

Mothering Sunday or Mother’s Day?

When you say ‘Mother’s Day’ you’re actually referring to the American version, although the term is widely used in Britain too. In the US, Mother’s Day falls on Sunday, May 14 this year. 

The French celebrate Mother’s Day on the last Sunday in May, where a family dinner is the norm, and traditionally the mother being honoured is presented with a cake that looks like a bouquet of flowers.

Mother’s Day in Spain is celebrated on December 8th. Spaniards pay tribute not only to their own mothers on this day, but also to the Virgin Mary. The day includes religious celebrations across the country.”

Read more @ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/0/mothers-day-2017-uk-date-facts-traditions/

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Should High School Students Need A Foreign Language To Graduate?

“Tennessee caused a stir earlier this year when it ran an audit of the state’s 2015 graduating class. The number crunchers in Nashville reported that nearly a third of students who received a diploma didn’t complete the required coursework. One in three.

Naturally, parents and politicians alike were baffled and more than a little bothered.

‘I’m just having a hard time reconciling ‘requirement’ with ‘didn’t do it,’ board member Wendy Tucker said at a public meeting, hypothesizing on the spot that this could explain Tennessee’s trouble with students succeeding in college. Less than a quarter of high-school graduates earn a postsecondary degree.”

Read more @ http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2017/04/11/522770863/should-high-school-students-need-a-foreign-language-to-graduate

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Over 12,000 visitors and almost 20,000 views — thank you!

Over 12,000 visitors and almost 20,000 views — thank you!

Many thanks to all of you who have visited and viewed Language Matters.

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Why French? — in the NY Times “Interpreter”

I am delighted to be mentioned in the “What We’re Reading” Section of the NY Times Interpreter
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“The number of global French speakers is expected to rise from 220 million today to 767 million (!!) by 2060. The linguist Kathy Stein-Smith explains why and what it means for the world.”
The link refers back to my article, “Why French?” in Language Magazine.  http://languagemagazine.com/2017/02/why-french/
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Kathy’s new book — 446 downloads and 116 Worldcat Libraries

I am so excited to share that my new book has been downloaded 446 times and is in 116 Worldcat libraries.

Read more @ http://www.bookmetrix.com/detail/book/e49d13ee-99c2-4468-9f77-50be48c2d277#downloads

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Map shows the astounding number of languages spoken in Queens

“As anyone who’s even been on the 7 train—the MTA’s so-called ‘international express’—can tell you, Queens is diverse. In fact, there’s nowhere in the world with as many languages as the largest borough in a city of 800 languages, according to the Endangered Language Alliance (ELA).

To help distinguish your Tagalog from your Telugu, the ELA has spent the past six years developing an annotated map of the world’s languages capital, which is featured in the book Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas by Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro, who argue: ‘The capital of linguistic diversity, not just for the five boroughs, but for the human species, is Queens.'”

Read more @ https://www.timeout.com/newyork/blog/map-shows-the-astounding-number-of-languages-spoken-in-queens-022217

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Indifference toward Foreign Languages Could Cost Americans

“The numbers are a result of languages other than English being spoken in the home rather than as a result of languages actively being taught to students in public schools. The Pew Research Center found that while the majority of European nations require students learn one or more foreign languages, the United States has no such requirements.”

Read more @ https://www.goodcall.com/news/foreign-languages-010001#.WJnaRrU6t6w.facebook

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8500 views of Kathy’s TEDx talk on the U.S. Foreign Language Deficit — Thank You! :)

Many thanks to all of you — 8500+ — who have taken the time to view my TEDx talk on the U.S. foreign language deficit.

View more @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CZ7zu5Aeu0

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