Challenges and benefits of learning a new language for the business professional visiting another country

Nooriafshar, Mehryar (2013) Challenges and benefits of learning a new language for the business professional visiting another country. In: 4th Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities (ACAH 2013): Connectedness, Identity and Alienation , 4-7 Apr 2013, Osaka, Japan.

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The word language can be traced back to its Latin origin lingua, which means tongue. Hence, quite appropriately, it is often referred to as a tongue. The ability to communicate in the mother tongue can be easily taken for granted until one is in a situation to choose or have to use another language.
A new language can certainly provide new dimensions and outlook on life and allow one to tap into different parts of the brain. It can help an individual to understand others and oneself better; and expand the boundaries of their actual and virtual worlds. In addition, using even the very basics of a new language can establish a closer connection with the native speaker of that language. This initiative can send positive signals of acceptance, trust and interest to the native speakers. A Business professional can certainly benefit from establishment of such a positive relationship.
This paper explores why and how, in particular, a Business professional should go about learning a new language. It establishes connections between language and culture. It presents innovative methods of learning a new language using the latest technologies, learning ideas and approaches. The use of emerging technologies such as those used in speech recognition are also discussed. The use of multimedia language learning environments, which encourage creativity and right brain functions are presented and recommended.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright 2013 The International Academic Forum. Published version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Management and Marketing
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2013 01:57
Last Modified: 25 May 2017 00:55
Uncontrolled Keywords: foreign language; learning; business
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130207 LOTE, ESL and TESOL Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Maori)
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150308 International Business
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200105 Organisational, Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9502 Communication > 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture

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