ERIC Number: ED347828
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr-4
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British Efforts To Upgrade Business Foreign Language Skills: Preparing for Participation in the Single Market of the European Community.
Scott, James Calvert
The need for British businesses to be able to communicate with their customers in their own languages is discussed in this analysis of British preparation for doing business in the European Community (EC). The EC now accounts for half of all exports from the United Kingdom (UK). This paper summarizes five major types of resources available to assist British businesses in upgrading the language skills of their employees. They include the following: (1) the LINGUA programme, which is an EC-sponsored program that includes grants for inservice teacher training and other purposes; (2) the Language-Export Centres, a network of 17 sites in the UK that bridges the language-business gap; (3) the Training Access Points Project, which is designed to improve access to information on work-related education and training opportunities throughout the UK via a computerized database; (4) the offerings of local universities, polytechnics, and colleges of further education; and (5) advice and referral services, such as the Centre for Information on Language Teaching and Research and the Institute of Linguists. Names, addresses, and telephone numbers for these resources are appended. Contains 8 references. (LB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers: European Community; United Kingdom
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Eastern Michigan University Conference on Languages and Communication for World Business and the Professions (10th, Ypsilanti, MI, April 4, 1991).