Thursday, June 14, 2007

'Cultural packs' could teach immigrants to queue

Immigrants should be given "cultural briefing packs" when they move to the UK, an official report will say today.

The information may tell new arrivals from Eastern Europe and elsewhere that, for example, the British like to queue at the Post Office and bus stop, and frown on spitting in the street.

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Posted by Kwintessential at 4:49 PM
Categories: Cultural Diversity

Hamburg English develops online English language ability testing

Hamburg English started down the road of online testing specifically aimed at international companies wishing to measure employee and job applicant English language ability. Upon completion of a test, an ability report is generated and sent by email to a chosen email address within just a few seconds. The English ability tests are just a part of an online empire created by Hamburg English, which additionally covers department need analysis and TOEIC (The Test of English for International Communications) estimation and preparation.

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Posted by Kwintessential at 4:45 PM
Categories: Language Learning News

Renault endows chair of '’Multicultural management and corporate performance�?

Carlos Ghosn, as president of both Renault and the Renault Foundation, has signed a partnership agreement with the Ecole Ecole Polytechnique, Group HEC and the Polytechnique Foundation to create a Renault-Polytechnique-HEC Chair in “Multicultural Management and Corporate Performance�? in France.

With capacity for about 40 young graduate students, the chair places particular emphasis on managerial practices geared to economic realities and to all types of cultural diversity : national, professional and organizational. It will also enable academics to conduct independent in-depth studies on multicultural organization and management. The chair is held jointly by Eric Godelier for the Ecole Polytechnique and Eve Chiapelo for HEC.

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Posted by Kwintessential at 4:44 PM
Categories: Cross Cultural News

Country-and-language-specific websites

Organizations are finding that the use of multiple languages and translations can be a competitive differentiator, particularly with websites designed for online transactions such as shopping, finance, or travel. A number of trailblazing companies have created multiple country-and-language-specific websites, and leveraged them to provide a consistent brand image across all markets. They sell products and services globally but market them locally. In the online world where the customer cannot physically touch the product and is rarely able to speak one-on-one with a salesperson, the words and images on the web site that describe the product or service are important to the sales process.

Read more: IT Director
Posted by Kwintessential at 4:40 PM
Categories: Web Globalization

Word of the day: proselytize

proselytize \PROS-uh-luh-tyz\, intransitive verb:
1. To induce someone to convert to one's religious faith.
2. To induce someone to join one's institution, cause, or political party.
transitive verb: 1. To convert to some religion, system, opinion, or the like.

Jesuit missionaries appeared; the Japanese allowed them to proselytize. -- Walter LaFeber, The Clash: A History of U.S.-Japan Relations

Posted by Kwintessential at 4:30 PM
Categories: Expand Your Vocabulary

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Cultural and Linguistic Competence Conference

Thrive and the Division of Children’s Behavioral Health Services are co-sponsoring “Achieving the Promise: Cultural and Linguistic Competence in Maine�? conference.

As the populations of our communities change to become more ethnically, racially and socio-economically diverse, each individual is challenged to become more culturally competent. This challenge is perhaps greater for health care providers, community organizations and policy makers because their services and policies affect a broad section of people. As we learn more about cultural competence it is important to include the voices of families, youth, service providers, educators, community organizations and the diverse members of the community. This Cultural and Linguistic Competence Conference will focus on heightening the awareness of diversity in our community, mental health and well being, creating opportunities for dialogue and collaboration.

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Posted by Kwintessential at 7:16 PM
Categories: Cultural Diversity

Intercultural Videos on Youtube

Today we decided to have a look at Youtube to see what videos relating to intercultural matters have been uploaded. We were suprised to see a decent selection from individuals, conferences and students. Some are good, others not so!. Below is a link to some of the intercultural videos you can find on Youtube today.

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Posted by Kwintessential at 7:04 PM
Categories: Cross Cultural News

Word of the day: contravene

contravene \kon-truh-VEEN\, transitive verb:
1. To act or be counter to; to violate.
2. To oppose in argument; to contradict.

In 1620 most people considered the likelihood of reversing the seasons inside a building impossible, and many deemed it sacrilege, an attempt to contravene the natural order, to twist the configuration of the world established by God. -- Tom Shachtman, Absolute Zero and the Conquest of Cold

Posted by Kwintessential at 6:05 PM
Categories: Expand Your Vocabulary

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