Article published in:Taalpolitieke kwesties in Nederland: 24 maart 1979 in Eindhoven
[Toegepaste Taalwetenschap in Artikelen 6] 1979
► pp. 174–183
Enkele Problemen Rondom Talenkennis in Het Bedrijfsleven
After 1970 the need for (or lack of) knowledge of foreign languages in industry-business has been investigated occasionally. Without entering directly into the value and the results of these investigations, it can cautiously be established that they contribute as such to the realisation of linguistic aspects of problems surrounding communication in the world of industry. In a linguistic community like the Netherlands, there is a greater need than in larger linguistic communities for special attention paid to international communication for which a knowledge of foreign languages constitutes an elementary tool. Attention is paid to some backgrounds of the current ap-proach to the problem of foreign languages in industries, whereby, simultaneously, causes of emergency situations are being searched for which can result in demands for training: a. the shortage of organised attention in a company or institution for the function of communication; b. demands of foreign language ability as a marginal phenomenonm in a package of function/job requirements; c insufficient insight on the part of many employees into what knowledge/ability in a foreign language represents, frequently coupled with an underdevelopment of personal learning strategies.
Published online: 24 March 2014