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Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

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Nearly 2,000 downloads for my newest book on the US Foreign Language Deficit — Thank you all!!

Nearly 2,000 downloads for my newest book on the US foreign language deficit — Thank you all!!

Languages do matter!

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Estadio Azteca: A Study — Mark Connolly’s Corner

Whether you’ve been targeting the date since the spring or just noticed looking ahead at the Week 11 matchups, you now know the New England Patriots are playing the Oakland Raiders in La Ciudad de México this Sunday. The game will be played in Estadio Azteca, one of the truly legendary venues in global sport. […]

via Estadio Azteca: A Study — Mark Connolly’s Corner

1,700 likes for the AATF Commission on Advocacy Facebook page — Thank you!!! :)

1,700 likes for the AATF Commission on Advocacy Facebook page!  Many thanks to all of you who have taken the time to view, like, and comment on the posts!!!  🙂

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Paris kicks off annual car-free day

“Pedestrians and cyclists have Paris streets all to themselves this Sunday 1 October. In a bid to reduce pollution, the whole of Paris will be off-limits to all car and motorcycle drivers from 11am to 6pm.

All of the French capital’s 20 arrondissements, or districts, will be closed off to vehicles for its third annual “car-free day”.

Residents and tourists are encouraged to get around on bicycle, on foot or why not, roller-skates.

Only service vehicles such as ambulances, police, buses, taxis and chauffeured cars will be able to drive through the capital, restricted to 30 kilometres per hour.”


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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.

Languages do matter!

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
What We’re Reading
“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.
Languages do matter!