The relevance of bilingual proficiency in U.S. corporate settings

Mary McGroarty, Alfredo Urzúa

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Abstract

This chapter explores the extent to which some bilingual Mexican professionals employ their two languages, English and Spanish, in performing their jobs as managers in US corporations. Scholars interested in promoting advanced levels of second language proficiency for students in US schools have also noted that variants of immersion instruction constitute one means of developing high level language skills; future occupational relevance is one factor motivating native language conservation and literacy development. Commentators examining the role of bilingual skills in US corporations and in occupations ranging from restaurant work and operation of small business to nursing in a large US metropolis have found that several factors such as the nature of a company’s product or services. Although each case is unique, some common features can be discerned. First, bilingual skills gave these managers a point of entry into US corporate employment when they were first hired.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHeritage Language Education
Subtitle of host publicationA New Field Emerging
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages131-146
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781351563772
ISBN (Print)0805848037, 9780805848038
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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    McGroarty, M., & Urzúa, A. (2017). The relevance of bilingual proficiency in U.S. corporate settings. In Heritage Language Education: A New Field Emerging (pp. 131-146). Taylor and Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315092997-9