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Easy Ways for International Students to Improve Their Conversational English

Students from overseas are coming to study in the United States in record numbers—over 800,000 last year alone. Of course, they all have varying levels of comfort with the English language, especially when trying to converse with native speakers. Improving those skills can expand your experience while studying here in America. Here are some easy ways to speed up the process. Make American friends Many international students come to the US and then hang out with people like them: other international students. Immersion is the quickest way to learn a language, so immerse yourself in American social settings. This solves…

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Career Advice for College Students

Graduates like you have forever been faced with question marks staring them down at the end of their commencement walk. “What will the future hold for me?” “Am I ready for what’s to come?” “Is my cap on straight?” Like millions of graduates before you, you’ve done your best to prepare for what’s to come, and you’ve followed the advice of your parents and counselors—even that of old friends or trusted resources. As the industry leader in language learning, we’d like to give you and the rest of this year’s grads some advice that we see as paramount for succeeding…

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The Best Souvenirs from around the World

As you prepare for your summer travels you may be thinking about what to bring home as a reminder of the fun times and adventures you’re about to undertake. We’ve compiled a list of popular items that will help you focus your shopping eye on the best souvenir options for you—and your budget. Read the Full Transcript Furniture and Home Decor. Decorating your home with the wares of your destination will add a certain flare to your living space and remind you of the places you saw, sat, and stayed. Local Art. From its history to its landscape, traditions,…

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HR Becoming More Important In Driving Corporate Change

The workplace is changing. Total technology integration, from mobile to web and beyond, is now practically normalized. Younger generations of employees entering the workforce bring completely new skills and competencies. More companies globalizing means that work forces become larger and more diverse, introducing a host of new cultural considerations that employers may not be familiar with or aware of. The changing landscape of today’s workplace has an interesting effect on the role of HR training and professionals moving forward. A report from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) revealed that HR skills and competencies are experiencing a newfound ubiquity…

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How Turning Your Employees Into Advocates Can Make A More Productive Workplace

Creating and fostering a relationship of respect between management and employees is one of the best steps you can take to produce a happy and efficient workplace. It’s important that employees feel that their expertise and knowledge is recognized and sought after by their managers, so that they feel like a valued part of an organization’s efforts and not mere “workplace drones.” One method becoming increasingly popular is the creation of employee advocacy programs, turning employees into brand ambassadors for your company or product to their friends and family. If you’re unfamiliar with or unsure of the idea of employee…

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Paying Respect to Our Language Heroes

For anyone who would argue that language isn’t a powerful tool, we have two words for you this Memorial Day: Code Talkers. As we remember our veterans this year, we wanted to take a look at how the languages of some of our troops helped change the tides of war. Although many Native American languages have been used as code in US wars—including Cherokee, Choctaw, and Meskwaki—the term Code Talkers is strongly associated with the Navajo men who were recruited by the US Marine Corps during World War II. World War I: Native American languages came to the rescue In…

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The Move Toward Bilingual Education

It appears that states are taking a more bilingual approach when it comes to English Language Learners (ELLs), modifying the last decade’s move toward English-only immersion education. English immersion programs became popular with legislators and voters in the early 2000s, based on their concerns about national identity and the role of immigration in the country. Some states went even further, proclaiming English as their official language. What has changed Updated research, demographic shifts, and the needs of the business community have begun to convince states and districts that a bilingual approach—helping ELLs learn content in both English and their language…

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Intercultural Communication Skills for Faculty and Staff

As universities continue to internationalize, both academic and administrative staff face new tasks that require advanced intercultural communications skills. Individuals at all levels and in nearly all functions serve a growing number of international students on campus and, in some cases, leading faculty-led programs abroad, fostering international partnerships, recruiting international students, or participating in other international initiatives. However, few who are asked to work in these often new capacities receive specific training in cross-cultural communication. In a study presented at this year’s annual Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) conference, David L. Di Maria, director of international programs and services…

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Penske Talks Inclusiveness on UN World Day for Cultural Diversity

In recent years, the push for diversity and inclusion in the workplace has seen a surge as companies move to implement diversity-friendly policies and corporate training programs on a global scale. Roles such as Chief Diversity Officer have become common fixtures in many Fortune 500 companies, but there are certain companies that have gone above and beyond, making the effort to implement special measures to further advance the goal of corporate diversity and inclusion that focus on multicultural integration. In recognition of the United Nations’ World Day for Cultural Diversity on May 21, Penske Truck Leasing can be said to…

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Why You Should Encourage Corporate Development For Hispanic Employees

As companies strive to embrace diversity, it’s increasingly important for HR professionals to be aware of the broad array of different cultures present in the office. Being sensitive to the unique considerations of your employees and fostering strong business communication skills is essential to attract top talent from across an array of cultural backgrounds. Especially with the surge in professionals of Hispanic descent entering the workforce, understanding the values and goals of this subset of your staff will go a long way to establish a mutually productive and respectful workplace. The Demonstrated Importance Of A Diverse Workplace In a modern…

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