ERIC Number: ED191306
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
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Competence in a Foreign Language: A Valuable Adjunct Skill in the Eighties?
Edgerton, Mills F., Jr.
This discussion on one of the ways that competence in a foreign language may be valuable to Americans in the future deals with the value of competence as an adjunct skill in a wide variety of work at home and aboard. Three major points are made: (1) only real competence in a foreign language, rather than credits on transcripts, will have value in the years to come; (2) with the exception of a very few jobs, few employment opportunities will be available to translators and interpreters and these few will require knowledge of a specialized field; and (3) on the other hand, there are predictions that there will be interesting opportunities for employment for those who have real foreign language competence and a sound training in a specialized field. Predictions for the eighties are made on the basis of three recently published major analytical and prognostic reports. Consequences of the changes to come for instruction in American schools and colleges are discussed. The focus of the report is on the role of foreign languages in international business. (Author/JB)
Descriptors: Business, Employment Opportunities, Employment Projections, Language Skills, Personnel Needs, Second Language Instruction, Second Languages, Specialization
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (New York, NY, April 17-19, 1980).