ERIC Number: ED119501
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Languages for the World of Work. Executive Summary.
Arnett, M. Rex
This paper summarizes a survey conducted to determine the need for dual-trained personnel in foreign languages and technical/professional skills. The project also produced a large annotated bibliography and a model curriculum for integrating language and occupational training. The survey included an analysis of government agencies to determine the number of positions in which foreign language skills are needed. It was concluded that language requirements at the federal level include the diplomatic agencies and various other agencies. Approximately 25,000 federal employees need foreign language skills. A survey of over 6,000 business firms was conducted, and respondents identified 60,000 language-related jobs. The government is more cognizant than business/industry of the benefits of having personnel with foreign language skills. Language training and rating methods are more efficient in government. Some companies benefit from a policy that rejects English as the "Lingua franca" and supports multi-linqualism among its employees. Consultants, theorists and many practitioners believe this would be a highly beneficial policy for all multinational companies, but they also recognize that most American firms do not take advantage of hiring language-skilled and culturally sensitive personnel. Methods of industrial and business training for these purposes are by and large inadequate. (Author/CLK)
Descriptors: Career Opportunities, Curriculum Design, Educational Needs, Employment Opportunities, Government Employees, International Relations, Job Skills, Language Instruction, Language Skills, Material Development, Models, Modern Languages, Multilingualism, Second Language Learning, Surveys, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.; Wyoming State Dept. of Education, Cheyenne.
Authoring Institution: Olympus Research Corp., Salt Lake City, UT.
Note: For related document, see ED 116 507