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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. The Digital Language Divide

    The Digital Language Divide
    The internet, much like space, is infinite. This opens people up to a limitless way to communicate and thus, language plays an important role in how information is displayed and translated. The first language used on the internet was almost certainly English. By the mid-1990s it was estimated that English made up nearly 80% of online content. However dominating...
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  4. How Can HR Ensure All Employees Have the Right Level of Business English Skills?

    How Can HR Ensure All Employees Have the Right Level of Business English Skills?
    Developing and implementing a language assessment strategy is an effective way for HR to measure the language ability of new appointments and existing staff. When assessing the business English skills for new employees, the first thing to consider is how much English language they need to know in order to carry out their roles effectively. This will allow you to...
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  5. The Do's & Dont's of Evaluating Language Competency When Hiring

    The Do's & Dont's of Evaluating Language Competency When Hiring
    Many 21st century jobs require individuals who have specific skill sets or competencies which can be proven with certifications, ratings, or official measurements. Rarely would it be enough to trust a job candidate to evaluate his or her own abilities as a computer programmer who claims to be proficient in a specific programming language. Nor would it be acceptable to...
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  6. Using Language To Land The Job

    Using Language To Land The Job
    As the economy continues to slowly improve and unemployment levels drop, more and more jobseekers are finding the task of getting hired less daunting. Unemployment rates in the United States decreased to 5.40 percent in April of 2015 from 5.50 percent a month earlier. This trend signals a slow yet steadily growing confidence in the economy and a positive future...
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  7. Connecting With The Hispanic Market Through Language & Culture

    Connecting With The Hispanic Market Through Language & Culture
    Corporate America has awakened to the monumental importance of the Hispanic consumer and their growing purchasing power, which by end of this year is estimated to reach between $1-$1.5 trillion dollars. Companies are realizing this is a market that can’t be ignored and that if they don’t act now the chance to capture it may be lost. Those who’ve succeeded...
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  8. A Second Language Can Be Your Hidden Asset

    A Second Language Can Be Your Hidden Asset
    Outside of looking for a job, you’ll find that many current jobseekers won’t have the same educational backgrounds, industry experience or job descriptions. However, approximately two-thirds of them do have one thing in common. Over 31% of jobseekers speak two languages, according to a poll of over 12,000 visitors to the Korn/Ferry International website. An additional 20% speak three...
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  9. ACTFL Language Testing

    ACTFL Language Testing
    Language Testing International is the exclusive licensee of exams produced by the foremost authority on foreign language acquisition in the United States – ACTFL, the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Decades of research demonstrate unequivocally that ACTFL’s language tests are second to none. By combining decades of experience with cutting edge technology, ACTFL and LTI’s proficiency tests...
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  10. ACTFL Proficiency Tests

    ACTFL Proficiency Tests
    As the exclusive licensee of exams designed by the world-renowned American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), Language Testing International can satisfy whatever testing requirements you and your organization may have. Covering all facets of language proficiency, our tests will provide you with the most accurate profile of an individual’s linguistic abilities. This will prove invaluable when determining...
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