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ERIC Number: ED348869
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Pages: 34
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Understanding the Perceptions of the British Business Community Regarding Language-Related Matters.
Scott, James Calvert
As the British business community becomes increasingly internationalized, it should show more interest in language-related matters. After a review of the literature, this paper reports on a study of the 100 largest British industrial companies. The conclusions are as follows: (1) a wide variety of British employees are involved in international business correspondence tasks; (2) employees are selected for international business correspondence tasks primarily because of their business-related, not language- and communication-related knowledge, skills, and attitudes; (3) English is the dominant language in outgoing and incoming international business correspondence; (4) about half of the companies use their own employees to translate international business correspondence unless it is highly complex or technical; (5) employees who are fluent for business purposes in a second language would be satisfactorily prepared for international business communication in most companies; and (6) most companies have small proportions of employees who can transact business in two or more languages. Contains 21 references. (Author/LB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Great Britain
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Eastern Michigan University Conference on Languages and Communication for World Business and the Professions (11th, Ypsilanti, MI, March 25-28, 1992).