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Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

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Yellen: Globalization Makes Higher Education Increasingly Important

“Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen on Monday defended the value of higher education as a protection against the twin pressures of technological change and globalization.

The Fed chief said a college degree will be increasingly important to help workers compete in a labor market that crosses national borders and is constantly inventing ways to replace people with machines.”

Read more @ http://www.wsj.com/articles/yellen-stresses-importance-of-higher-education-in-time-of-globalization-1482172255

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18,000 views — Many thanks to all of you who have viewed “Language Matters” :)

:)18,000 views — Many thanks to all of you who have viewed “Language Matters.”

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Kathy’s New Peer-Reviewed Article on the Role of Multilingualism in Effectively Addressing Global Issues

I am delighted that my new peer-reviewed  article, “The Role of Multilingualism in Effectively Addressing Global Issues: The Sustainable Development Goals and Beyond,” has been published in the December 2016 issue of Theory and Practice in Language Studies.

You may read it online @

http://www.academypublication.com/ojs/index.php/tpls/article/view/tpls061222542259/985

 

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Best Thanksgiving wishes to all my readers!  🙂

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Armistice Day 2016: Two minutes’ silence marks day of national remembrance

“A two-minute silence has been observed across the UK to remember the nation’s war dead for Armistice Day.”

Read more @ http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-37938047

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Halloween around the World

“Halloween, one of the world’s oldest holidays, is still celebrated today in a number of countries around the globe. In Mexico and other Latin American countries, Día de los Muertos—the Day of the Dead—honors deceased loved ones and ancestors. In countries such as Ireland, Canada and the United States, adults and children alike revel in the popular Halloween holiday, which derived from ancient festivals and religious rituals. Traditions include costume parties, trick-or-treating, pranks and games.”

Read more @ http://www.history.com/topics/halloween/halloween-around-the-world

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Cocoa by Candlelight (Why do so many foreigners want to copy Denmark?)

“HOW big is the world’s appetite for things Danish? Foreign audiences have already binge-watched the country’s noir TV series (such as “The Killing” and “The Bridge”) and raved over the new Nordic cuisine of Noma, Copenhagen’s trend-setting restaurant. This autumn, publishers are testing the limits of the world’s Danomania. Before the Christmas season, at least nine English-language books will come out devoted to explaining the elusive quality ofhygge.

Hygge is difficult to pronounce. (Try “hew-geh”.) It is also tricky to describe. Writers have tried “the art of creating intimacy”, “cosiness of the soul” and “cocoa by candlelight”. It is an attitude rather than a recipe, evoking relaxation with close friends or family. Many see it as a quintessential element of Denmark’s national character.”

Read more @ http://www.economist.com/news/europe/21707984-why-do-so-many-foreigners-want-copy-denmark-cocoa-candlelight

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The Increasing Dominance of English

“In the Netherlands and elsewhere, there is a trend to move from teaching in the local language to teaching in English. This increase is not welcomed by all.”

Read more @ https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/world-view/increasing-dominance-english

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Over 16,000 views for Language Matters — Thank you! :)

Over 16,000 views — many thanks to all of you from around the world who have taken the time to view Language Matters.

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Visiting Rio for the Olympics? Get your Portuguese ready

“RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — If English is the language of world commerce, Brazil hasn’t gotten the memo — only a small fraction of its 200 million people have a basic proficiency. Fluency is also rare for other languages such as German, French and even Spanish, despite Brazil being bordered by seven Spanish-speaking countries.

Many of the hundreds of thousands of tourists expected to descend on Rio de Janeiro for the Olympics in a few weeks could frequently find themselves in a linguistic muddle.”

Read more @ http://www.sfgate.com/news/education/article/Visiting-Rio-for-the-Olympics-Get-your-8385773.php

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