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Beyond the Heart – 5 (Other) Symbols of Love

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. Do you have your chocolates and/or flowers and/or jewelry ready? Giving roses and heart-shaped everything has always been a popular way to show affection for your significant other. But if you’d like to switch it up this year, consider surprising your better half with one of these lesser-known symbols of love. Apples While we tend to equate the image of an apple with teachers or even doctors, apples have been a representation of love since ancient times. The story of Adam and Eve doesn’t actually specify that the forbidden fruit was an apple, but most…

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Language Technology Improves Employability

The announcement of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014–2015 reports that students care deeply about a university or college’s ability to provide real-world links and put students closer to business and industry—and ultimately, employability. An institution can take many approaches to help students build valuable skills and make those important connections. One strategy might be the provision of sector-specific foreign language training. Employers Big and Small According to a roundtable hosted by the Guardian and British Academy in association with the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, “employers [are] now looking for languages from all levels of employee,”…

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Infographic: Why Your Talent Needs to Be More Global-Ready

Making your workforce global-ready is key to your organization’s future. Research shows that over 70 percent of business leaders are planning to grow their business in regions where English is not spoken and where cultural differences abound. The ability to speak the language of customers, partners, suppliers, and new employees on the ground in those markets is foundational to building their trust. And having the intercultural dexterity to interact with those groups respectfully is essential to keeping that trust over the long term. Knowledge of language and culture builds those critical bridges that enable organizations to grow in the multicultural…

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Match Language Support Programs to Community Needs

An increased focus on international student recruitment has diversified the student body and—in some cases—helped fill in the funding gaps of higher education institutions battling ongoing budget cuts. But these growing numbers of international students require expanded support systems, especially in English language learning. In the face of limited funds, some institutions are banding together with local communities in building a comprehensive support system that spans education and career—a win for higher ed, communities, and students. Model Initiatives A recent story published on Inside Higher Ed profiles several cities working on this type of “town-gown” collaboration. For example, a diverse…

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10 Funny False Cognates from Spanish

If you’ve studied a language before, you already know that cognates are words from different languages that look similar to one another. True cognates are derived from the same root word. For example, the English word vacation and the Spanish word vacación both come from the Latin word vacationem. However, we use the term “false cognates” to refer to words from two languages that look alike but have very different meanings. Don’t be fooled; here’s a list of Spanish-English false cognates to watch out for so you don’t wind up in a silly situation! Papa This Spanish word may look…

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Global-Readying Your Workforce

It’s no secret that the economies of the world are converging. Companies that in the past could remain viable by only doing business stateside now find themselves with the need to expand into emerging markets and unfamiliar territories. As a result, global competence is becoming an imperative for anyone wanting to remain marketable in the 21st century workplace. For example, the organization that accredits college engineering programs, ABET, has called for students to be skilled in “intercultural competence”. The National Academy of Engineering also called for similar skills in its report, “The Engineer of 2020”. This is in recognition of…

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Creating Future-Facing Development Plans

From an employer’s perspective, the purpose of employee development plans is to make sure the workforce is growing with the needs of the business. Opportunities may be on the horizon that would require employees with additional skills. You also want your employees to expand their competencies in skills they already possess. Here are the things to consider when generating development plans that prepare for your company’s future. Diversification Growth models normally require businesses to start entering other verticals eventually. Although dominating one facet of the market is great, sticking a toe in other verticals can insulate you from certain economic…

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Language Technology and Work-Readiness Testing

Inside Higher Ed recently reported that employers in India are increasingly using AMCAT (Aspiring Minds’ Computer Adaptive Test), a well-established workplace readiness test that over 1.5 million Indians have taken to apply and/or qualify for employment. Over 600 companies within India are using AMCAT—and this includes some multinational US-based companies like Accenture and Deloitte. How the companies choose to use the results is up to them, and some are setting “standardized cutoff” scores. Ultimately, this levels the playing field for students who may not have attended schools as prestigious as their peers but have developed an impressive set of skills…

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Building a Rock-Solid Development Plan

Development plans are a key cog in improving employee-based business practices. Not only that, but they actually function as a retention strategy. Employees like to know where they are going and how they can grow within the company. Without that knowledge, they will grow somewhere else. Here are the components that make up a rock-solid employee development plan. Gather feedback A common practice in development plans is for the employee to self-assess their abilities first, then the manager to weigh in with their own assessment. Those are important steps, but it’s also significant to enlist the opinions of others with…

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¿Debo Preocuparme Por Mi Acento?

Written by Miranda González Una de mis mejores amigas vino de México a los Estados Unidos cuando ya era adulta. Aprendió inglés con relativa rapidez, completó una maestría en una universidad estadounidense y ahora tiene una carrera exitosa en la que habla inglés todos los días. Sin embargo, todavía tiene un acento, es decir, no tiene el típico acento norteamericano. Lo que más le desespera es que cuando conoce a alguien por primera vez, inevitablemente le preguntan, “¿De dónde es usted?” Y casi siempre, después de conocer a alguien nuevo, ella dice de una manera un poco triste: “Con mi…

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