[lg policy] No foreign language? No job!

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jul 6 18:41:15 UTC 2009

 Forwarded  From:  edling at lists.sis.utsa.edu

The Hamburg Express

No foreign language? No job!

Increasingly many small and midsize businesses are certain: English is
a must! Eleven percent of 1,000 small and midsize businesses surveyed
by the EU Commission stated that they had lost orders because of
inadequate foreign-language skills; 26% of those businesses specified
English and 13% mentioned German as the most important languages for
export commerce. Nearly half of the surveyed businesses accordingly
plan to improve their staffs' foreign-language skills in the coming
three years. New applicants who have already perfectly mastered one or
more foreign languages prior to applying for a job are much more
likely to be hired.

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