Language Preparation for Internationally Educated Professionals

Authored by: Julie Kerekes

The Routledge Handbook of Language in the Workplace

Print publication date:  August  2017
Online publication date:  August  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138915855
eBook ISBN: 9781315690001
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315690001.ch33

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Abstract

Beginning with a brief overview of research on workplace communication in intercultural contexts, this chapter examines (potential) applications of such findings in vocational ESL contexts. Perceptions of internationally educated professionals as linguistically and culturally deficient, as well as the ubiquitous reliance of vocational ESL instruction on native speaker models, are highlighted as limitations no longer justifiable. In addition to addressing how workplace communication skills can be taught in language classrooms and workplace settings, existing societal, ideological barriers that challenge even the most linguistically competent migrant professionals in their attempts to position themselves as legitimate members of workplace cultures are considered.

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