ERIC Number: ED344473
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: 0
English: A Crucial Element in Japan's Drive Toward Internationalization.
Hilton, Chadwick B.
The role of English language training in Japan's move toward corporate internationalization is addressed, particularly in terms of the importance of English, the nature and quality of training, and the ramifications of that training regarding global competition. It is noted that the Japanese language is not suited for the sort of confrontation, debate, and negotiation typical of common non-Japanese business situations. English training in both pre-college and college education, although given priority status, does not produce the English communication skills essential for effective international managers and corporate representatives. Because Japanese companies see themselves in a global context, functional "communicative" English skills are important. An in-house English training program in a multinational steel company is described that uses native English speakers and emphasizes a high level of technical expertise; international communication skills; awareness of the host country conditions concerning politics, law, business, capital, and labor; and awareness of the host country's basic structures. Exhibits are appended to this essay with further details on the company's program. It is concluded that the Japanese are succeeding globally because they have a global vision that includes, among other things, a strategy for corporate English training. This training is seen as an example of long-range commitment, flexibility, and the recognition of the importance of human capital. Contains 10 references. (LB)
Descriptors: Business Communication, Communicative Competence (Languages), English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Global Approach, Higher Education, Intercultural Communication, International Communication, International Trade, Long Range Planning, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Secondary Education
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Eastern Michigan University Conference on Languages and Communications for World Business and the Professions (10th, Ypsilanti, MI, April 3-5, 1991).