ERIC Number: ED324940
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
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Which Languages Are Going To Be of Most Importance for Business by the Year 2000.
Objective and subjective analysis of trade trends, political and economic developments, and the anticipated effects of world-wide energy policies suggest that certain languages will become central to future international trade. Three language categories emerge, in descending order of importance. The first includes languages of the Orient: Japan, China, and very possibly Korea. The second group, French and German, are ranked high because of the opening of the European Community in 1992. The third group, which includes Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, and Italian, is less certain and will depend on the realization of the existing potential for trade. Despite these selections, it is also suggested that foreign markets are so large that proficiency in almost any language will be helpful for entry into international trade. The globalization that is already occurring in the economy assures that there is a need for individuals with knowledge of less commonly taught languages. (MSE)
Descriptors: Business Administration Education, Business Communication, Educational Needs, Futures (of Society), Global Approach, Higher Education, International Trade, Language Role, Languages for Special Purposes, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Trend Analysis, Uncommonly Taught Languages
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: Proceedings of the Annual Eastern Michigan University Conference on Languages and Communications for World Business and the Professions (8th, Ann Arbor, MI, March 30-April 1, 1989).