ERIC Number: ED224302
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
A Case Study: Bilingualism - The Link to International Trade in Miami.
Cote, Andre; Cote, Ellyn
The metropolitan Miami area is a thriving bilingual community that uniquely exemplifies the utility of Spanish for business careers. Miami is unique in its large Latin population, the success of this population, and the proximity of Miami to the Caribbean and Latin American markets. The impact of the Latin population of Miami on education and employment in international trade is examined. Numerous statistical tables are presented on area employment in 1975 and 1980 in a variety of economic sectors. The data show rates of change for both total and international sector employment in each industry. The substantial Latin population accounts for the majority of bilingual education enrollments in elementary and secondary schools and stimulates a range of educational activities such as enrollment in university level Spanish language classes. Changes in employment patterns between 1975 and 1980 illustrate the increased role of international business and tourism, which in Dade County reflects primarily the impact of the Latin community. While total employment increased only 19 percent over this period, international sector employment increased 141 percent. The economic success of the Latin population is strongly tied to adherence to their culture. Thus, increased bicultural sensitivity and orientation are required on the part of the Anglo population of Dade County if it is to participate in the growing opportunities in international trade. (RW)
Descriptors: Biculturalism, Bilingualism, Case Studies, Economic Factors, Employment Opportunities, Employment Patterns, Employment Statistics, Hispanic Americans, International Relations
Not available separately; see FL 013 333.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Florida (Dade County)
Note: Paper presented at the Eastern Michigan University Conference on Spanish for Bilingual Careers in Business (Ypsilanti, MI, March 18-20, 1982).