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Careers and foreign languages

Both students and teachers need to know of the occupations wherein a knowledge of foreign languages is advantageous. This project offers guidelines to both audiences as they seek to learn about specialized and non-specialized uses of foreign languages ordinarily taught in secondary schools. The development of the study of foreign languages in American schools is the scope of chapter one. The remaining two chapters amass and discuss the myriad occupations in which foreign languages are used. For these occupations the following information was found relevant: history of the position, education and training needed, work conditions, economic demand for the position, and work location(s). Overall, the conclusion is readily inferred that knowledge of at least one foreign language is no longer a luxury but a necessity in the world of work.

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