Virtually all growth in the U.S. Labor force in the next four decades is expected to come from immigrants and their children. With this growth comes the need for manufacturers to enable their workforce to communicate more effectively. In order to increase productivity and reduce safety incidents, manufacturers are implementing English language learning programs.
In global, multicultural organizations, simply expecting all employees to speak one common language, such as English, marginalizes the potential impact of international talent and leaves monolingual staff ill-equipped to help the organization compete effectively in a globalized environment.
In an increasingly global economy, U.S. companies will perform better by hiring individuals who can communicate in foreign languages and helping current employees develop language skills. Forbes Insights, in conjunction with Rosetta Stone, surveyed more than 100 executives at large U.S. businesses (annual revenues of more than $500 million) and found that language barriers have a broad and pervasive impact on business operations. The survey found that foreign language skills will be even more vital in the future and that language abilities can help executives advance their careers, speed overseas expansion, and boost corporate—as well as personal—success.
The top clients of enterprise language learning companies consist of global companies that recognize the value of multilingual employees. While companies understand the necessity of language learning, there is room for improvement in incorporating language learning into corporate culture. This report looks at what companies are doing in the realm of language learning, to understand what best-in-class organizations are doing, and to provide businesses aspiring to be truly successful on a global stage with strategies for incorporating language learning into their business model.
Forbes Insights and Rosetta Stone surveyed 214 executives around the globe to find out if and how companies are training their employees to speak and work in more languages and what impact that training has on both the employees and the company. In addition, the narrative is rounded out with in-depth interviews with executives and experts.
Technology plays an increasingly significant role in how we help language students develop the skills they need to be successful in today's competitive, global workplace. The benefits of integrating technology into the classroom can be seen throughout the learning experience.
In October 2013, Getting Smart partnered with Rosetta Stone to release a report called “The Next Generation of
World Language Learning.” The goal of the report was to create a vision for world language learning that acknowledged
its role in global competency and to frame the vision inside broader shifts to personalized learning and blended
instruction. Pointing to the potential of educational technology, we advocated for accessible, high-quality world
language instruction for all students—from elementary through high school.
Time and resource allocation for language programs
has been shrinking while the need for multilingualism
only grows. It is critical that our students remain
competitive on the global playing field. As the
benefits of a multilingual society become clearer,
parents insist that language learning is important for
their children’s future success.
However, our current education system still lacks the
resources to provide all children the opportunity to
develop the skills that will prepare them to succeed in
an interconnected world. Global competence and
language skills are no longer just nice to have—they
To keep a certain level of innovation in the classroom, teachers and schools
often turn to grant sources – especially for new technology. Finding the
right source and winning the grant can make your school’s language learning
dreams come true. But what are these sources and how do you gear up for
your grant application?
English Language Learners (ELLs), are a vastly diverse group of approximately 5 million students who speak a primary language other than English and who are not yet proficient in English, which is a second or additional language for them. In order to keep up with their native English speaking peers, ELLs need more instructional time and specialized instruction, including specially designed material and state-of-the-art educational tools to accelerate their learning.
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Dr. Bernadette Musetti has devoted most of her career to learning about and creating more equity and access in education for students whose primary language is other than English. In this podcast, she discusses the benefits of bilingualism, shares strategies to support English Learners and more.
Jim Detwiler, Boone County School District’s Assistant Superintendent, shares how they designed their global competency program and exactly why it is such a priority for this diverse region of Kentucky.
For many companies, language barriers increase as business
globalization becomes the norm rather than the exception.
Perhaps a call center agent cannot handle customer contact
in an unfamiliar language. Or a manager travels to a face-toface
meeting only to sit across a conference table from clients
wanting to speak in their own native language. Even within
your organization, teams across global geographies must
collaborate to achieve collective goals, but language barriers
often stand in their way.
Meanwhile, HR leaders are tasked with recruiting and
retaining top talent and L&D managers must align programs
with business goals. Each of these scenarios and areas of
responsibility have something in common: A clear need for
company-sponsored training to develop employees’ language
proficiency so they can engage successfully with colleagues
and customers anywhere.
Thousands of learners were surveyed about the impact of
language training with Rosetta Stone® business solutions.1
When augmenting the benefits package
for your organization, it’s natural to focus
on traditional perks that employees have come to
expect: PTO, health insurance, and maybe a tuition
assistance credit here or there. But if you’re looking
for creative and effective ways to stimulate
employee engagement while also driving business
results, you’ll want to consider the powerful impact
of offering language-learning opportunities.
Why language learning? It offers immediate and
long-term benefits to both employees and employers.
Research shows that organizations that offer access
to language learning see an increase in employee
engagement factors like loyalty, morale, and
productivity, which in turn boosts business performance
factors such as customer satisfaction
and internal communications.
Where’s the connection? And how can you reproduce
these benefits within your organization? This
playbook offers a deeper look at why language
learning has such a positive influence on employee
Manufacturing is a prominent pillar of American growth and prosperity. According to the National Association of Manufacturers, every $1 invested in the manufacturing sector returned $1.81 to the economy in 2015.
Why do leading US companies invest in foreign language training programs for their employees? A global consulting company surveyed nearly 500 senior and upper-management business professionals in a variety of functional roles to find out how language skills impact their business.