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Language Auditing People in contemporary society are in need of specific skills and knowledge to achieve expected results and success. Different positions require various abilities and a thorough command of English language as a tool on the job. Each employer has a certain requirement towards different positions. In order to be successful on the job and to manage prosperous business one should be confident and have in store the terminology needed to conduct an easy communication, leading to the expected positive results.

Quite often people apply for a job and they assume they have the skills announced in the advertisement. Sooner or later their employer realizes that the employee's skills in certain areas are not sufficient, but at the same time the person proves to be the suitable one for the job. To keep them the employer needs for the employee to better his qualifications in order to be successful and more effective. Companies are negotiating with partners abroad. They use foreign languages, and English in particular most of the time.

To a certain extent successful deals are based on clear and easy-going communication. This skill is not only a matter of psychological mechanisms, but it has to do with some precise and specific linguistic tools as well. That's why highly qualified people should form departments that deal with this matter and they should be successful. And here comes the Language Audit.

Language Audit is a tool necessary for any employer, employee, prosperous business, any individual, the Government, various institutions, Ministries, Local Governments, SMEs, and any type of enterprises. This is the tool that helps an employer choose the right personnel or just check up the skills of the existing staff in order to get an idea whether his sales, communications, IT or any other department is skillful enough to manage an easy flow of communication. People need to avoid miscommunication and they should be able to understand each other properly, which would prevent a company from deals lost. Last but not least the European Union has started using the Language Portfolio. To get a realistic idea about their knowledge and language level people need a language auditor to help them, so as to get them to the target wanted.

The Language Auditor has a specific role. This is the professional who comes to your working place, talks to your employer, checks up your language command and competencies and determines whether they respond to the skills required for the job, makes a detailed report on the results and finally prepares a made-to-measure programme for the personnel, which needs improvement. This is not anything that can become an impediment on the job, but would rather help any professional be more successful on a certain position.

StillZee Art Consultancy Co. is the company, where you can find the specialists - our Language Auditors, prominent philologists; linguists, lecturers and teachers with profound experience here and abroad, holding degrees, specialized in different areas and devoted to their profession. They are communicative, offer excellent services and are always willing to help and offer a tailor-made program to improve any concrete situation or resolve any specific communication case that may arise.




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COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES
Brussels, 24.07.2003
COM (2003) 449 final
COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION
TO THE COUNCIL, THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT,
THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE
AND THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS
Promoting Language Learning and Linguistic Diversity:
An Action Plan 2004 - 2006

At long last, Europe is on its way to becoming one big family, without bloodshed, a real transformation... a continent of humane values... of liberty, solidarity and above all diversity, meaning respect for others' languages, cultures and traditions.
(Laeken Declaration)

General
The new Union will be home to 450 million Europeans from diverse ethnic, cultural and linguistic backgrounds. It will be more important than ever that citizens have the skills necessary to understand and communicate with their neighbours.
Building a common home in which to live, work and trade together means acquiring the skills to communicate with one another effectively and to understand one another better. Many other policies being pursued at European level would benefit from an improvement in citizens' language skills.

A European Parliament Resolution of 13 December 2001 called for measures to promote language learning and linguistic diversity. On 14 February 2002 the Education Council invited Member States to take concrete steps to promote linguistic diversity and language learning, and invited the European Commission to draw up proposals in these fields.
This Action Plan is the European Commission's response to that request. It should be read in conjunction with the Consultation Document Promoting Language Learning and Linguistic Diversity (SEC 2002 12343), which sets out the European Commission's philosophy and the context for the actions proposed.

The importance of language audit
The role of national, regional and local authorities It is the authorities in Member States who bear the primary responsibility for implementing the new push for language learning in the light of local circumstances and policies, within overall European objectives. The Council of Europe encourages its Member States to reflect upon these responsibilities through a 'language audit' with a view to formulating language education policies that are coherent with the promotion of social inclusion and the development of democratic citizenship in Europe.

Adult language learning
Every adult should be encouraged to carry on learning foreign languages, and facilities should be made readily available to make this possible. Workers should have the opportunity to improve the language skills relevant to their working life. (> Action I.4.1)

The role of the language auditor in language training and learning
Language teachers need the advice of trained mentors as well as regular opportunities to keep their language and teaching skills up to date, inter alia via e- learning and distance learning... To date, the key role, played by language teacher trainers, inspectors of foreign language teaching and other professionals, in promoting good practice has not received the attention it merits. (> Actions II.3.1 to II.3.2)

The language portfolio
It is not easy for employers or an education institution to know what real, practical language skills the holder of any language certificate really has. The European Language Portfolio can help people to value, and make the most of, all their language skills, howsoever acquired, and to carry on learning languages by themselves (>Actions II.6.1 to II.6.4)

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