ERIC Number: ED166983
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Dec
Reference Count: 0
An Investigation of the Foreign Language Needs of U.S. Corporations Doing Business Abroad.
Inman, Marianne E.
This study of the foreign language requirements of U.S. corporations doing business abroad examines characteristics of corporate language training programs and policies with regard both to U.S. national employees going outside the United States to work and to non-U.S. national employees, generally working in their own countries. The role of translation and interpreting in the corporate environment both within the United States and abroad was also studied. Of particular interest were the extent to which language requirements and language training are included in corporate planning and the extent to which occupationally-oriented special purpose language training is included in the language training provided to corporate employees. Data were collected by means of a detailed questionnaire sent to the U.S. headquarters of 267 American companies reported to be doing business abroad. Questionnaires were returned by 184 companies. Among the findings are the following: (1) the greatest amount of international business in which U.S. corporations are involved is currently being done in Western Europe, followed by Central and South America, Canada, the Middle East, and the Far East; (2) Spanish is the language most studied by U.S. nationals going abroad and also the language most involved in translation and interpreting; (3) U.S. corporations doing business abroad rely primarily on English as the business language and the means of communication; and (4) language training is provided to a majority of U.S. national employees going overseas and outranks technical, cultural, and managerial training in type of training provided. A sample questionnaire is included. (SW)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Reports - Research
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