Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

My Publications

Books —

The Gift of Languages: Paradigm Shift in U.S. Foreign Language Education. Co-authored with Fabrice Jaumont. TBR Books, 2019.

The U.S. Foreign Language Deficit:  Strategies for Maintaining a Competitive Edge in a Globalized World.  Palgrave Macmillan, August 2016.  Ebook  and print available.

The U.S. Foreign Language Deficit and How It Can Be Effectively Addressed in the Globalized World: A Bibliographic Essay. Edwin Mellen Press, December 2013.

The U.S. Foreign Language Deficit and Our Economic and National Security: A Bibliographic Essay on the U.S. Language Paradox. Edwin Mellen Press, March 2013.

Available in print and as ebooks.

Articles (in alphabetical order) —

“AATF Commission on Advocacy Update.”  AATF National Bulletin v. 42 no. 3 January 2017.  p. 34.

“AATF Commission on Advocacy Update.”  AATF National Bulletin v. 44 no 4 April 2019, p. 4.

“Academic Libraries and Career Information.” Strategic Library May 15, 2015. Subscription only.

“L’Alliance Française: the resurgence of French in the U.S.”   Language Magazine, July 2018, p. 36-38.

“Bastille Day, or French Every Day.” France-Amérique 12 July 2019.

“Beyond Foreign Languages:  Foreign Language as a Global Competency in International Education.”  International Educator May/June 2016.

“The Bilingual Approach: Foreign Language Education for the Twenty-First Century” (Review Essay) GSLR: Global Studies Literature Review No. 9 January 2019.
The Bilingual Revolution: The Future of Education Is in Two Languages by Fabrice Jaumont

“Un Coup des États-Unis.” Language Magazine July 2019.

“The Creativity Connection – Research, Writing, and Creativity @ the Library.”  Strategic Library, July 2017.

“Cross-Sector Collaboration Promises Progress.” Language Magazine February 2015.

“Faculty-Librarian Collaboration: Helping Faculty Help Students.” Strategic Library October 2018.

“For the Children’s Sake.” Language Magazine April 2019.

“Foreign Language Advocacy: Empowering Foreign Language Educators.” NYSAFLT (New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers) Language Association Journal v. 68 no. 1 (Spring 2019).

“Foreign Language Classes Becoming More Scarce.”  The Conversation 6 February 2019

“Foreign Languages and Creativity — The Quiet Connection in a Globalized/Interconnected World:  How focusing on ‘deep work’ can help foster creativity, and foreign language competency”  JLTR:  Journal of Language Teaching and Research. v. 9 no. 1, Jan 2018.

Le Français: Langue mondiale, langue locale – The Case for French in the United States.”  Accepted for publication in the Proceedings of the AATF 2015.

“French Advocacy” (letter). Language Magazine August 2014. page 8.

“Foreign-Language Challenge: Overcoming the Anglophone reluctance to learn a foreign language.” Polyglot 2014

“Foreign language skills as the ultimate 21st century global competency: Empowerment in a globalized world.”  International Journal of Research Studies in Language Learning. Vol 7, No 3 (2018),  71-86.

“Foreign Languages and Creativity: The Quiet Connection in a Globalized/Interconnected World.“ JLTR: Journal of Language Teaching and Research, Jan 2018.

“The French in Our Lives.” France-Amerique 07-13-18.

“From Knoxville to Paris: Linking Art and Bilingual Education.” France-Amerique 08-03-18.

“The Future of French in Europe and Beyond.” Language Magazine, July 2017.”In

“The Holistic Academic Library: Serving the Needs of All Our Students.”  Strategic Library January 2019.

“International Education Week @ the Library.”  Strategic Library Jan 2018.

“Internationalizing the Campus — @ the Library.”  Strategic Library November 2016.

“Kathy Stein-Smith presented at the NAFSA Conference.”  FDU Global Education Gateway. 4 June 2015.

“Languages and Language Services in Europe.” Multilingual Magazine March 2014. TOC @
Subscription only.

“Librarians, Information Literacy, and Fake News.” Strategic Library March 2017.  Subscription only.

“The Library-Centered Campus.”   Strategic Library January 2016. pp. 13-16.   Subscription only.  Free trial subscription available.

“Many Languages One World, Promoting Multilingualism — The French Language Winners.”   American Association of Teachers of French National Bulletin, April 2016.

“Maximizing Study Abroad.” Language Magazine, May 2018, p. 18-21.

“Monolingual America: The US Foreign Language Deficit.” Babel The Language Magazine, pp.10-13.                                                                                                                                                TOC @

Subscription only.

“The Multilingual Advantage: Foreign Language as a Social Skill in a Globalized World.”    IJHSS:  International Journal of Humanities and Social Science (peer-reviewed) v. 7 no 3 March 2017.

“Multilingual Myth Busting” Language Magazine March 2017. p. 30-33.

“Pushing the Multilingual Envelope.”  Language Magazine March 2016. p. 22-26.

“Repaving the Campaign Trail.” Language Magazine June 2014.

“Rethinking the Role of Foreign Languages in the US: Toward a More Diverse Cultural Identity.” JLTR: Journal of Language Teaching and Research v. 10 no. 3 (2019).

“The Role of Multilingualism in Effectively Addressing Global Issues: The Sustainable Development Goals and Beyond.” Theory and Practice in Language Studies December 2016. v. 6 no. 12

The Role of Multilingualism in Global Citizenship: “Many Languages, One World” in  Developing Responsible Global Citizenship Through Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC): Selected Papers from the 2016 CLAC Conference. Published 2018.

“The Romance Advantage: The Significance of the Romance Languages as a Pathway to Multilingualism.” TPLS: Theory and Practice in Language Studies v. 8 no 10, October 2018.

“Serving Students Coming From or Traveling Abroad.” Strategic Library February 2015. pp. 12-14. Link to home page. Subscription only.

“So You Say:  Reader Responses to Issues in Language Learning.” (contribution included). The Language Educator.  August/September 2015.  v. 10 no. 3.  p. 61. Subscription only.

—. The Language Educator. February/March 2019. p. 58.

—. The Language Educator. October/November 2017. p. 50.

—. The Language Educator.  August/September 2016.  p. 56. Available to ACTFL members.

“The Strategic Academic Library.” Strategic Library July 2014. 14-17. Link to home page. Subscription only.

“TEDx Talks @ Your Library.” Strategic Library October 2014. 4-6. Link to home page. Subscription only.

“Tongue-Tied Americans: Overcoming the U.S. Foreign Language Deficit.”
FDU Magazine, Winter/Spring 2014, @ pp. 26-29.

“Top Current Trends in Foreign Languages.” Multilingual Magazine March 2015. p. 7-8.  @  and

“Translation and Language Skills:  Giving You the Professional Edge.” Proceedings of the 56th Annual Conference of the American Translators Association. 2015.     

“Unity in a Second Language.”  Language Magazine, October 2017.

“Update from the Commission on Advocacy.” AATF National Bulletin Sept 2016, p. 16.

“The U.S. Foreign Language Deficit — What It Is and Why It Matters.” Language Magazine June 2013.

“The U.S. Foreign Language Deficit and Languages for Specific Purposes.” JLSP: The Journal of Languages for Specific Purposes March 2014.
Full text @

“The U.S. Foreign Language Deficit and What We Can Do about It As Foreign Language Educators.”  Accepted for publication the Proceedings of the AATF, June 2015.  Based on presentation given at the 2014 annual convention.

“The U.S. Foreign Language Deficit, Language Enterprise, and Languages for Specific Purposes.” JLSP: The Journal of Languages for Specific Purposes March 2015.

“The U.S. Foreign Language Deficit, the Language Enterprise, and The Campaign for Foreign Languages” JLTR: The Journal of Language Teaching and Research. vol. 6, no. 4. July 2015. p. 705-712.

“Why Advocacy Matters.”  American Association of Teachers of French National Bulletin v. 41 no. 2 Nov. 2015. p. 9-10.

“Why French?”  Language Magazine July 2016.

Kathy interviewed in French on Radio-Canada on the future of French (09-23-17)
Kathy’s “Why French?” mentioned in the NY Times (03-08-17) —
I am delighted to inform you that I have been mentioned in the New York Times’ “The 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 will take you to my article, “Why French?” in Language Magazine.


TEDx —

“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.

Many Languages One World 2016 — French Language Facilitator — July 2016

Many Languages One World Essay Contest & Global Youth Forum 2014 — ELS Educational Services and the United Nations Academic Impact —

Conducted the French Language Proficiency Interviews in May 2014 and served as the French Language group Facilitator at the Forum, assisting the students prepare their presentations at Adelphi University and accompanying the group to the UN General Assembly where they presented on June 27, 2014.

Many Languages One World — Global Youth Forum on YouTube @
Featured in the classroom with the French language group at 1:53

Many Languages One World 2015

Served as French language interviewer and facilitator and accompanied the students to the UN for their presentations on July 24, 2015.


Presenter at the 2016 CLAC Conference October 21-22, 2016.

“The Role of Multilingualism in Global Citizenship – Many Languages One World”

Presenter at the 2016 COFLT-WAFLT Fall Conference  – October 14-15, 2016

“Foreign Language — Advocacy, Empowerment, and Career Pathways”

Presenter at Language and the Sustainable Development Goals:  A Symposium. Organized by The Study Group on Language and the United Nations, April 22, 2016.

“The Role of Multilingualism in the Implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals”

Participant in the Internship Summit at the GALA (Globalization & Localization Association) 2016 Conference, March 20, 2016.

Presenter at the CSCTFL (Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Conference, March 11, 2016.

“Foreign Languages as a Global Competency and the U.S. Foreign Language Deficit:  Foreign Languages as a Career Asset”

Speaker at the ATA (American Translators Association) 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”

Speaker at the AATF (American Association of Teachers of French) annual convention 2015.  July 9, 2015

“Le Francais — langue mondiale, langue locale:  The Case for French in the U.S.”

Speaker at the AATF (American Association of Teachers of French) annual convention 2014, July 20, 2014–

“The U.S. Foreign Language Deficit and What We As Foreign Language Educators Can Do about It”

Speaker at the AATF (American Association of Teachers of French) annual convention 2016, Jul 4, 2016 —

“French Language Skills — Your Career Differentiator.”

Webinar — National Organization of Business Language Educators (NOBLE)

How Foreign Languages Can Give You the Professional Edge.
October 21, 2014.

Doctoral Dissertation —

Foreign Language as a Competency in Education for Global Citizenship: From Mindset to Sustainable Skill Set. Union Institute and University, 2011.

Thèse (Maîtrise)/Master’s Thesis —

L’étude et la comparaison de deux traductions des Petits enfants du siècle de Christiane Rochefort.   Université Laval. Under the direction of Professor Jean-Louis Darbelnet.

Featured in —

“Au Salon du bilinguisme, la fierté de parler plusieurs langues”

“AATF Convention in Austin.”

“Breaking Down Barriers:  Improving Success for Latino Students” @{“issue_id”:289606,”page”:34}

I am honored to have been able to play a role in the development of a new certificate in translation program.

Giovatto Library Promo @ or February 2014.

Giovatto Library featured on the cover of “Choice Magazine,” November 2013 @

“Kathy Stein-Smith at the United Nations.”  FDU Global Education Gateway 12 July 2014.

Cited in —

McNair Scholars Group 4:  Lingo Ladies. The Benefits of a Second Language Requirement in K-12 Education.

Rosetta Stone Language Learning Suite for Higher Education.

Taylor, Florentina, and Emma J. Marsden. “Perceptions, Attitudes, and Choosing to Study Foreign Languages in England: An Experimental Intervention.”  Modern Language Journal 98 (4) Winter 2014, 902-920.

Biographical References –

Who’s Who in America — 2016, 70th Edition (pub. 2015)                                                                           Who’s Who in America — 2015, 69th Edition (pub. 2014)                                                                               Who’s Who in America2014, 68th Edition (pub. 2013)
Who’s Who in America2013, 67th Edition (pub. 2012)
Who’s Who in America2012, 66th Edition (pub. 2011)
Who’s Who in America2011, 65th Edition (pub. 2010)
Who’s Who in America2010, 64th Edition (pub. 2009)

Who’s Who in the World2010, 27th Edition (pub. 2009)

Who’s Who of American Women, 2010 -2011, 28th edition (pub. 2010)
Who’s Who of American Women2008-2009, 27th Edition (pub. 2008)

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