The Rationale for Defining and Measuring Foreign Language Proficiency in Programs for Business


  • Kathryn Buck,

    1. Buck Language Services
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      Kathryn Buck (Ph.D., University of Washington) is head of Buck Language Services, specializing in language and cultural training and consulting services for business and industry; New York, NY

  • David V. Hiple

    1. ACTFL Project Director
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      David V. Hiple (Ed.D. Candidate, Rutgers University) is Project Director at ACTFL; Hastings-on-Hudson, NY


ABSTRACT This paper summarizes a presentation for the 1983 Conference on Foreign Languages for Business and the Professions at Eastern Michigan University. The authors discuss the origin of language proficiency assessment in government, its adaptation for use in academic contexts, and one example of the potential of proficiency-based learning and its applications in an international corporate context.