Language Proficiency: A Matter of Life and Death

Let’s face it, there is a strong and growing demand for multilingual talent as a natural result of the evolving demographic shifts in the United States. According to a study by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), Making Languages Our Business: Addressing Foreign Language Demand Among U.S. Employers, “American employers are […]

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Why is Language Certification so Important in Healthcare?

Are you a Multilingual Healthcare Worker? Why is Language Certification so Important? Are you a multilingual healthcare professional who commands English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese or perhaps another language? If so, you are in high demand. Case in point, the Latino population reached a staggering 59.9 million in 2018 (Flores, Lopez, & Krogstad, 2019), but according […]

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Mi casa es su casa

The American Dream, a key piece of which is home ownership, is flourishing in Latinx communities all across the nation. By every economic measure, the buying power of Spanish-speaking Americans is skyrocketing to the tune of over $2 trillion. That buying power is most especially manifesting itself in home ownership, evidenced by the statistic that […]

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When Miscommunication Turns Deadly: The True Story of Avianca Flight 52

What Happened? In January 1990, Avianca Flight 52 from Bogota, Colombia, to New York City, was running out of fuel on approach to John F. Kennedy International Airport. Due to weather conditions, the aircraft was kept in a holding pattern prior to landing, even though its fuel situation was critical. The flight crew communicated the […]

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