The advantages of speaking to citizens in their own language

October 27
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Recognizing bilingual skills through language pay has become a standardized component of many federal government agencies practices, including the Departments of State, Defense and Homeland Security. These policies increase the ability of the organization to effectively serve its citizens, and they represent sound HR practices. As such, these policies have expanded into both the private…


Multilingual healthcare providers for a multilingual nation

October 8
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As the United States continues its rapid transformation from a monolingual, largely English-only society to a multi-lingual one with dozens – if not hundreds – if minority languages, service providers in both the public and private sectors have struggled to keep up with demand. While the recognition of the need for change exists on some…


Ensuring You Have the Multilingual Staff You Need

October 1
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With the growing demand for multilingual in today’s increasingly globalizing world, listing “fluency” in several languages on one’s resume has become a significant advantage for job seekers. What does it actually mean when someone says that they are fluent, though? How can companies be sure that the people they are hiring actually have the requisite…


Taking Education to the Next Level — Worldwide

September 2
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With the number of non-English speaking households in the United States continuing to grow exponentially, schools throughout the nation have witnessed a commensurate increase in the number of students attending English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. Many school districts nationwide have struggled to accommodate the needs of children who often enter the educational system…


US Census Reports Languages other than English on the Rise.

August 30

The number of people in the United States who speak a language other than English at home has nearly tripled over the past three decades, far outpacing the overall population growth. While Spanish remains the most widely spoken language after English, other languages, particularly those from South Asia and Africa, have also soared in use,…


A Dearth of Investment in Young Workers.

August 3
Careers,Employment Trends,Job Searches

Adding proof of language skills can be an essential way for a young worker to stand out in a competitive job market. Businesses are measuring value more accurately and choosing more cautiously, and though that raises overall productivity, it isn’t good for all workers. Many face the burden of meeting the standards of a more…


Hire more effectively through language testing

July 22
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It is imperative for a company or business to have some multilingual staff in place, if needed. In this day and age, many people around the world are becoming bilingual and/or multilingual as a way to communicate with multiple people, in different regions as well as countries. Here in the United States, the melting pot…


Interpretation and Translation among Fastest Growing Jobs.

June 2
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A recent USA Today report listed interpretation and translation-related employment as the fourth fastest growing industry in the country. Interpreters typically deal with oral communication while translators work with written text. From 2002 to 2012, employment grew 171 percent, with 31,720 jobs added in that ten-year span. This trend is the result of both demographic shifts…


Bilingual Speakers Develop Mental Flexibility.

May 25

“In the past, bilinguals were looked down upon,” said Judith F. Kroll, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Linguistics and Women’s Studies. “Not only is bilingualism not bad for you, it may be really good. When you’re switching languages all the time it strengthens your mental muscle and your executive function becomes enhanced.” Fluent bilinguals seem…