Government Resources

  1. Latest Anti-Discrimination Rules: Language Assistance for Non-English Speakers

    Latest Anti-Discrimination Rules: Language Assistance for Non-English Speakers
    On May 18, 2016, United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published its final rules implementing new anti-discrimination rules for Non-English Speakers within provisions of the Affordable Care Act § 1557. This is the first of several alerts discussing aspects of the new rule.  The alert focuses on those provisions requiring language assistance for persons with limited English proficiency; future alerts...
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  2. The Language Trend in Future Global Markets

    The Language Trend in Future Global Markets
    Research by the Modern Language Association indicates that the number of American students who learned a language other than English decreased by about 100,000 between 2009 and 2013. So what does this mean exactly? For starters, it means the demand for multilingual employees is rising. This trend has made the need for language testing across many markets all the more prevalent...
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  3. Employer Demand for Multilinguals Is Rising

    Employer Demand for Multilinguals Is Rising
    Today's job market is desperate for graduates who speak multiple languages. “Languages are always good for us,” says Julia McDonald, head of talent acquisition for EMEA at Infosys. English is the company’s common language, “but our clients often want people that can speak their local language,” Julia says. Mark Davies, employer relations manager at London’s Imperial College Business School, says...
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  4. The English Dialect: An Adverse Effect On Global Business Success

    The English Dialect:  An Adverse Effect On Global Business Success
    Languages evolve, that's nothing new. However, the English language has its own subset of terminology that native English speakers have adopted and put into use practically on every level - when speaking casually and in business settings. It's becoming increasingly more difficult for people abroad to understand the "real" English. A Spanish student in Denmark remarked to another researcher: “Now it’s...
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  5. How Social Media Affects Your Chances at Getting Hired

    How Social Media Affects Your Chances at Getting Hired
    There's so much to consider when hiring a potential candidate at any company. Reviewing resumes and checking references have always been the norm but when and where does social media come into play? There are some fine lines that both HR professionals and candidates alike need to be mindful of when it comes to social media posts and the conclusions that can be...
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  6. What "YOU" Need to Say In a Job Interview

    What "YOU" Need to Say In a Job Interview
    Job seekers place too much focus on answering the hard interview questions that they forget something very important: They need to ask questions, too.  Asking the right questions at an interview is important for many reasons. But here’s 2 important ones! First, the questions you ask confirm your qualifications as a candidate for the role you’re interviewing for. Second, you...
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  7. Oral Proficiency Levels in the Workplace

    Oral Proficiency Levels in the Workplace
    The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) developed a scale to demonstrate the main language functions that a learner can perform with full control at each of the major levels. The chart shows the connection of the levels of the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines with the rating system used by the federal government, agencies, and armed services. Important messages reinforced by this chart includes: ...
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  8. Brain Processes Sign Language Similar to Spoken Language

    Brain Processes Sign Language Similar to Spoken Language
    American Sign Language, or even simple gestures are processed by deaf people in the part of the brain that is used for spoken language, according to a recent international research study headed up by a neuroscientist from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), Aaron Newman, Associate Professor with the university’s Department of Psychology and...
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  9. 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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  10. 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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