ERIC Number: ED116507
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Nov-29
Reference Count: 0
Languages for the World of Work: Implications of a Recent Study.
Arnett, M. Rex
This paper concerns languages for career training at the post-secondary level, with implications for FLES and secondary programs. The student desirous of utilizing a foreign language in a career other than literature and linguistics has very limited opportunity for adequate training in college. The job market for literature majors is, and will remain, depressed. A study by Olympus Research Corporation indicates promising job possibilities in government and industry. Needs analysis indicates that priority languages for business and industry are: (1) Spanish, (2) French, (3) German, (4) Portuguese, and (5) Italian. Cross-training is in demand for: (1) business administration/management, (2) marketing/sales, (3) engineering, (4) secretarial and (5) finance. Various government positions also require language skills. Colleges must break with tradition to accept languages for non-humanities applications. Language Departments must team with other academic specialties to provide relevant programs, with priority assigned according to job demand and local resources. Non-academic resources in government, business and industry should be utilized in implementing such cooperative cross-training in language and other disciplines. (Author/CLK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (Washington, D.C., November 27-29, 1975)