Bilingualism/Plurilingualism in Business, Industry, & the Professions

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First adopted 2008

TIRF seeks research proposals on the effects of bilingualism or plurilingualism in business, industry, and the professions. This research priority may be addressed through a number of research questions:

  • What are the policies of a particular corporation or business toward language in the workplace? How are those policies promoted and enforced?
  • What is the economic impact on a particular business of introducing a policy of bilingualism or multilingualism in the workforce? What other impact does such a policy generate?
  • What is the economic impact on employees of a particular business when a policy of bilingualism or multilingualism is introduced in the workplace?
  • How is bilingualism/multilingualism assessed in the workplace? How frequently is it assessed, and how is assessment information used? What is the “washback” (the effect of assessment on teaching and learning) of the assessment procedure(s)?
  • What language education opportunities do various businesses provide or support? How is the impact of those programs evaluated?
  • How do policies related to bilingualism or multilingualism influence hiring decisions in business, industry, and the professions?
  • How do policies related to bilingualism or multilingualism influence promotion decisions in business, industry, and the professions?

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