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Spotlight for the week of March 28

Rhodes College

The U.S. has always been a linguistically diverse nation, but the overall climate usually discourages and sometimes outright discriminates against the use of non-English languages. In addition, we generally don’t do a great job of teaching languages to monolingual English-speakers even though we know that speaking more than one language has positive effects at both ends of the age spectrum. Bilingual children as young as seven months can better adjust to environmental changes, while bilingual seniors can experience less cognitive decline. explores several myths about languages in the U.S. and presents arguments and strategies to promote multilingualism among our population

This Friday at 4pm Dr. Kim Potowski, Professor of Spanish linguistics at the University of Illinois at Chicago will give a talk entitled “No Child Left Monolingual.” She’ll explores several myths about languages in the U.S. and present strategies to promote multilingualism among our population. The lecture will take place at Rhodes College and is co-sponsored by the departments of world and modern languages at the University of Memphis and Rhodes College as well as the Marcus Orr Center for the Humanities at the U of M.

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Dr. Laura Loth is the Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and the Director of the French and Francophone Studies program at Rhodes College. She teaches courses in French and Francophone literatures, cultures, and cinema. She received her BA from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. You can email her at lothl@rhodes.edu