ERIC Number: ED193928
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Foreign Language Learning and Career Opportunities.
Muller, Kurt E.
Several factors come into play in the discussion of foreign languages and improved prospects for employment. With regard to the question of proficiency, it seems that prospective employers are more realistic than teachers in their expectations. If an employee is good in the field he or she is in, further language training is often made available. A survey of firms hiring personnel with some German-English skills indicated that there were increasing numbers of openings for persons with reasonable fluency in German and expertise in another field. The transportation industry which is involved in international travel requires basic communication skills. Because of the growth of multi-national corporations and the influx of immigrants, American communication needs are changing rapidly. Other factors in communication patterns are competition among industries and increasing U. S. involvement everywhere overseas. With these changes comes an increased marketability for foreign language skills. (AMH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at a forum on International Studies, Foreign Language Learning, and Career Opportunities (Worcester, MA, February 7, 1979).