Foreign language skills are fundamental to the CIA’s success. Whether an officer is conducting a meeting in a foreign capital, analyzing plans of a foreign government, or translating a foreign broadcast, language capability is critical to every aspect of our mission. Language skills are the keys to accessing foreign societies, understanding their governments, and decoding.. read more →

20 Dec 2013
December 20, 2013

Airmen selected for language program

Team Eglin selectees, Lt. Col. Jeremy Bragdon, Capts. Allison Derr and Kuan Chen are among more than 200 Airmen selected to take part in the career-long language and culture learning program. They will receive in-depth language training, ensuring the Air Force has a “bench” of language and culturally competent Airmen from across Air Force specialties,.. read more →

Elizabeth Bernhardt, a professor of German studies at Stanford and director of the Stanford Language Center, is the recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Service to the Profession Award from the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages (ADFL). The award honors eminent scholar-teachers who serve the foreign language teaching profession in the larger community. It is the highest honor.. read more →

When I was a young diplomat, excellence in a “hard” language, such as Arabic, Mandarin or Russian, was seen as a prerequisite for early promotion. In recent years, by contrast, hard language skills have been seen as too niche and, if anything, harmful to your career prospects. Nothing epitomised this downgrading more than the decision, in.. read more →

Deficient language skills and the assumption that “everyone speaks English” are costing the UK economy around £48bn a year, or 3.5% of GDP, according to research by Professor James Foreman-Peck for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). Poor language skills act like a “tax on growth”, hampering small to medium-size exporters, who are unable.. read more →

Language professionals see a bright future in their careers today especially that communication has become the most vital aspect in connecting people around the world. While English is recognized as the universal language that officially bridges multilingual countries, it has not yet captured international usage at a comprehensive level. Hence the need for interpreters and.. read more →

There are two applications for a potential job vacancy on the table. One application incorporates volunteer commitments along with accompanying internship opportunities. It looks great, but the other application has a little extra kick. You see, both applications include an impressively consistent academic record, along with various extracurriculars, internships, and volunteer work – but the.. read more →

Smith Yewell was stationed in Germany with the U.S. Army in 1997 when he got the idea for WeLocalize, which helps businesses move into new international markets by translating their content and products into different languages. Read more. read more →

05 Dec 2013
December 5, 2013

Hawai‘i Language Roadmap Initiative

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, with strong interest from the state of Hawai‘i’s Governor’s office, is coordinating the Hawai‘i Language Roadmap Initiative. The goal is to implement a roadmap for change -in education, in business, in state and county government, and in the community- to help build the future multilingual workforce of Hawai‘i. Read more. read more →