English Proficiency

  1. ACTFL's MARTHA G. ABBOTT APPOINTED TO NATIONAL SECURITY EDUCATION BOARD

    ALEXANDRIA, VA -- ACTFL Executive Director Martha G. Abbott has been appointed by President Barack Obama to the National Security Education Board. “It is truly an honor to be appointed by the President to serve in this capacity on the National Security Education Board advising on the important work of building our nation's linguistic and cultural capacity,” Abbott said. “We...
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  2. 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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  3. ACTFL ESTABLISHES CENTER FOR ASSESSMENT, RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

    ALEXANDRIA, VA – The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) announces the establishment of the ACTFL Center for Assessment, Research and Development. The ACTFL Board of Directors approved the proposal for the Center during its May 13-15 annual meeting. The mission of the Center is to support PK-12 schools and institutions of higher education in areas...
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  4. 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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  5. IIE RELEASES OPEN DOORS 2015 DATA

    IIE RELEASES OPEN DOORS 2015 DATA
    The number of international students at U.S. colleges and universities had the highest rate of growth in 35 years—10%, to a record high of 974,926 students in the 2014–15 academic year, according to the 2015 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, released last month. Enrollments in intensive English programs grew even faster—13.3% (from 43,456 students to 49,233). The...
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  6. 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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