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Foreign language proficiency and cross-cultural understanding should, ideally, go hand in hand. However, foreign language programs do not always successfully incorporate global learning practices into the curriculum and miss the opportunity to help students develop global perspectives. Language skill without cultural grounding does not meet the needs of the global marketplace nor does it reflect the intercultural awareness that higher education institutions strive to inspire in their students. This session will provide examples of foreign language programming in different contexts.

Join NAFSA Academic Programs for the third session in our six-part Architecture for Global Learning - Series II. Participants will learn how to augment their students' language learning with intercultural skills. Presenters will highlight the oft-overlooked reasons for purposefully incorporating global learning into foreign language programs.

Who Should Attend

Faculty and those who lead or oversee study abroad programs, senior international officers, researchers, and other international educators who want to explore why and how global learning and language instruction go hand in hand.


Mario Morera, PhD
Associated Colleges of the Midwest Costa Rican Off-Campus Study Program

Mario Morera holds a doctorate in Spanish from Texas Tech University and an MA in interdisciplinary studies (English, Spanish and Latin American studies) from Stephen F. Austin State University. He is the language and cultural studies coordinator and lead instructor for ACM Costa Rica Study Abroad Programs (Associated Colleges of the Midwest) where he manages study abroad programs and develops language and culture programs. He specializes in 20th and 21st Latin American cultural studies, Caribbean interdisciplinary cultural studies, literature, theater, films, dystopia, science fiction, horror, terror and fantasy.

Kathy Stein-Smith, PhD
Fairleigh Dickinson University

Kathy Stein-Smith, PhD, is associate university librarian and adjunct faculty in foreign languages and related areas at Fairleigh Dickinson University—Metropolitan Campus, Teaneck, New Jersey. She is chair of the AATF (American Association of Teachers of French) Commission on Advocacy. She is a member of the ATA (American Translators Association) Education and Pedagogy Committee, the CSCTFL (Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Advisory Council, the NECTFL (Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Advisory Council, and is a SCOLT sponsor. She also serves as French Language Facilitator at MLOW (Many Languages One World). She is the author of three books and numerous articles about the foreign language deficit, has given a TEDx talk, The U.S. Foreign Language Deficit—”What It Is; Why It Matters; and What We Can Do about It”, and maintains a blog, Language Matters.