ERIC Number: ED122641
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Oct-17
Reference Count: 0
The Need for and Uses of Foreign Languages in a Business Career.
Piper, Esther F.
The overall goal of the 3M company in terms of the language training of its employees is to prepare individuals to be able to carry on everyday business on an international level and to develop employees who have both language skills and awareness of other cultures. The 3M Language Society consists basically of conversational language courses for employees who want to learn or refresh language skills. A hosting program gives American families the opportunity to have business visitors from various countries live in their homes, to the linguistic and cultural benefit of both. Other social activities are designed for cultural education. Specific language needs in industry include: (1) the ability to conduct seminars and talks in the language of a given country, rather than in English, (2) product knowledge to go along with language capability and the development of specialized terminology, (3) glossaries of specialized terms, (4) employee publications for overseas employees, (5) language tutoring, and (6) basic language skills enabling teachers to interact with the children of foreign families in their native language. (CLK)
Descriptors: Business Communication, Business Education, Conversational Language Courses, Educational Needs, Glossaries, Inplant Programs, Job Skills, Language Instruction, Language Proficiency, Language Programs, Language Skills, Language Usage, Languages for Special Purposes, On the Job Training, Second Language Learning, Technical Writing, Vocabulary
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Conference of the Minnesota Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages (October, 1975)