ERIC Number: ED245558
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Ohio Business Surveys.
Baughin, Judith A.
Results of four surveys of international businesses in the Toledo, Columbus, Cincinnati, and Akron, Ohio, areas regarding the language skills of employees and usefulness of second language skills in their domestic and international trade activities are reported in detail. In the Toledo survey it was found that of the 48 respondents, 72% responded that foreign language skills were a definite asset, with the number of employees using them varying greatly. Almost all said the skills were valuable in the management or executive functions, and over half in secretarial or stenographic jobs. At 31% of the firms, bilingualism was a consideration in hiring an employee. Spanish, French, and German were the most desired, and most companies had an international market. In the Columbus survey of 89 companies it was found that foreign language skills are considered essential, primarily in executive and secretarial areas. Most companies were involved in a foreign market, and written translation skills were needed in some cases. The Akron survey of 97 companies and the Cincinnati survey of 753 companies revealed similar results. For each survey, specific information about each question and remarks by the respondents are included. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Ohio (Akron); Ohio (Cincinnati); Ohio (Columbus); Ohio (Toledo)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference for Foreign Language Teachers (7th, Youngstown, OH, October 29, 1983).