Stefano Tromba

  1. 10 Tips to Ace Your Job Interview

    10 Tips to Ace Your Job Interview
    The start of the New Year is always prime time for employers to look for and hire new talent. So how can you be best prepared? View the list below for some helpful tips:           Do your research. Visit the website of the company you’re interviewing with and understand...
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  2. Protests Spark at U.S. Colleges Over Micro-Aggressions

    Protests Spark at U.S. Colleges Over Micro-Aggressions
    In recent months there have protests at college campuses across the nation calling attention to a previously little-known term: "micro-aggressions," commonly defined as routine verbal and non-verbal slights and harassment (often based on race and gender but also including age, sexual orientation and disability) that is typically unintentional but nonetheless hurtful. Calls for colleges and universities to implement training...
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  3. MICHIGAN NOW REQUIRES ACTFL TESTS FOR TEACHER CREDENTIALING

    MICHIGAN NOW REQUIRES ACTFL TESTS FOR TEACHER CREDENTIALING
    Language Testing International (LTI) is pleased to announce that Michigan is now the 26th state requiring ACTFL tests for Teacher Credentialing.  We have moved steadily forward, adding OPIc and ProFluent+ to many states that have previously only accepted the OPI. Additionally, we are continually adding new states to our growing list overall. The addition of Michigan means that the state will now require OPI or...
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  4. Talking Toys: Helping or Hurting Young Language Learners?

    Talking Toys: Helping or Hurting Young Language Learners?
    A new and very interesting study in JAMA Pediatrics discovered that toys marketed as language promoters don’t prove to be so in most cases. In fact, the study found that these toys in fact, hindered the language learning process in young children. Professor Anna Sosa, of Northern Arizona University, led the study and provided participating families three different types...
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  5. HAPPIER HOLIDAYS FOR MULTILINGUAL BUSINESSES'

    HAPPIER HOLIDAYS FOR MULTILINGUAL BUSINESSES'
    During the holiday season many retailers, both at the store-level and online, find that communicating with customers in their native language to be a challenge. Selecting which languages communicate in for both employees and website retailers, should reflect your product’s market opportunities and long-term goals. Using backend technologies like geolocation or tracking of billing addresses help identify the origin of...
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  6. Create a Positive Customer Experience in Any Language

    Create a Positive Customer Experience in Any Language
    As the American population continues to diversify and businesses expand operations around the world, multilingual employees provide a valuable resource. Their words often generate a customer’s first impression of your company and determine his or her willingness to engage in the future. Determining that your multilingual employees are proficient will ensure that they will provide excellent service in all their...
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  7. Will the US Become a Bilingual Country?

    Will the US Become a Bilingual Country?
    In the U.S., speaking more than one language fluently is not very common – except in Los Angeles, California.The city has one of the largest populations in the U.S. of young people between the ages of 18 and 34. This generation is often called millennials. More than half of millennials in Los Angeles are bilingual, which means they speak more...
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  8. Measuring English Proficiency in Real-World Situations

    Measuring English Proficiency in Real-World Situations
    Trust — but verify. We trust that English language learners are gaining something through their studies, but how do we verify what they actually can do with their language skills? We may believe that a job candidate has the language ability to take a certain position, but where is the proof? The answer comes through evaluation of language proficiency...
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  9. Using Languages in National Security

    Using Languages in National Security
    The largest employer for language professionals in this country is the U.S. Department of Defense—a fact that might surprise many people. In fact, national security is a fast-growing and exciting career area for those with strong foreign language skills, offering a wide variety of opportunities that stretch beyond translation and interpretation. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Central Intelligence Agency...
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  10. Groundbreaking Study from ACTFL Measures Listening and Reading

    Groundbreaking Study from ACTFL Measures Listening and Reading
    Fifty years ago, John B. Carroll undertook a landmark study analyzing the oral proficiency of students in language programs in the United States. The often-cited article on his research, “Foreign Language Proficiency Levels Attained by Language Majors Near Graduation from College,” appeared in Foreign Language Annals in 1967—the first year of the journal’s publication. The impact on the language education...
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