ERIC Number: ED101577
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
The Use of Foreign Languages in the Private Sector of Industry and Commerce.
Emmans, Keith; And Others
This is a pilot survey of foreign language use in British industry, carried out by the Language Teaching Centre at the University of York. It seeks to determine the demand for language skills in industry, but as a pilot survey it also seeks to test the effectiveness of the survey techniques used. Section 1 discusses the project's limitations, approach, techniques, sources of information, and other projects with which it came into contact. Section 2 describes the process of surveying press advertisements to determine employers' demand for language skills. Listed are the papers used, the positions considered, data analysis methods, and tentative conclusions. Section 3 discusses a questionnaire, sent to 1960 graduates, to determine the use they were making of their language skills. Section 4 describes a questionnaire sent to employers to get a more complete picture of the role of foreign languages in industry and the number of foreign language users. A similar questionnaire sent to employees is described in section 5: The main conclusion is that foreign language skills are useful but not essential in industry. Implications and other conclusions are discussed. Appendixes include sample questionnaires and a discussion of performance level. (AM)
Descriptors: Employees, Employers, Employment Opportunities, Industrial Education, Industrial Personnel, Industry, Language Instruction, Language Proficiency, Language Research, Language Skills, Language Usage, Questionnaires, School Business Relationship, Second Languages, Surveys
Keith Emmans, University of York, King's Manor, York Y01 2EP England (3 pounds, 50 pence)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: York Univ. (England). Language Teaching Centre.