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ERIC Number: EJ795382
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 22
Abstractor: Author
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ISSN: ISSN-1568-4555
Foreign Language Management in Lazio SMEs
Incelli, Ersilia
Language Policy, v7 n2 p99-120 Jun 2008
This paper investigates the foreign language management strategies of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Lazio, Italy. Based on empirical data from a questionnaire survey and ethnographic interviews, it also aims to validate the hypothesis that macro-level language planning (on a national scale) may not reflect language problems occurring in the micro-dimension of a company or region, giving rise to discrepancies in the language education system. Using this approach, I have attempted to build on the Language Management Theory framework proposed by J. Nekvapil and M. Nekula ["Current Issues in Language Planning," 7(2&3):302-327, 2006] in their study of Czech multinationals. There will be a high price to pay for companies that fail to have the linguistic competence to play a full part in a competitive global market increasingly centred on English as the lingua franca as well as on multilingual communication. This leads to the need to carefully observe the relationship between macro- and micro-level language planning and reconsider national education policies.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Italy