Regulating 'Foreign' Language in the Workplace: From Myths to Best Practices

Teboul, J. C. Bruno; Speicher, Barbara Lynn
November 2007
International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities;Nov2007, Vol. 7 Issue 3, p169
Academic Journal
Current globalization and immigration trends make linguistically diverse workforces a virtual certainty in the 21st century. One particular challenge that these trends create for managers involves the integration of language minorities (i.e., individuals for whom the predominant national language is not the mother tongue) into the social fabric of the organization. Management practices and documented litigation from several countries (e.g., the United States) suggest that integration of this sort is no easy task. Part of the difficulty seems to stem from often misguided assumptions about foreign language usage in the workplace, as well as the strategies deployed to curtail its use. In this paper, we analyze and contest many of the conventional positions about the impropriety of foreign language use in the workplace and critique some of the popular justifications for workplace language rules. Alternatives to foreign language regulation are also offered.


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