Improvement in Standards of Language Proficiency and in Recruiting for the Foreign Service: Hearing Before a Subcommittee of the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, Eighty-sixth Congress, First Session, on S. 1243, a Bill to Amend the Foreign Service Act of 1946, as Amended, to Establish Standards of Foreign Language Proficiency for the Foreign Service of the United States, and for Other Purposes. April 16, 1959

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U.S. Government Printing Office, 1959 - 92 pages
 

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Page 14 - He that would bring home the wealth of the Indies, must carry out the wealth of the Indies.
Page 33 - In a local community in their country a citizen may conceive of some need which is not being met. What does he do? He goes across the street and discusses it with his neighbor. Then what happens? A committee comes into existence and the committee begins functioning on behalf of that need, and you won't believe this but it's true.
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Page 19 - ... quality, and in particular music and dancing, which it would be cruelty to bar the sex of, because they are their darlings; but besides this, they should be taught languages, as particularly French and Italian; and I would venture the injury of giving a woman more tongues than one.
Page 33 - ... met. What does he do? He goes across the street and discusses it with his neighbor. Then what happens? A committee comes into existence and then the committee begins functioning on behalf of that need, and you won't believe this but it's true. All of this is done without reference to any bureaucrat. All of this is done by the private citizens on their own initiative.
Page 1 - AFFAIRS OF THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS, Washington, DC. The subcommittee met, pursuant to notice, at 9 :30 am, in room SD-419, Dirksen Senate Office Building, Hon.
Page 1 - The Secretary shall designate every Foreign Service Officer position in a foreign country whose incumbent should have a useful knowledge of a language or dialect common to such country. After December 31, 1963, each position so designated shall be filled only by an incumbent having such knowledge : I'roritled.
Page 15 - Interpreters are no substitute. It is not possible to understand what is in the minds of other people without understanding their language, and without understanding their language it is impossible to be sure that they understand what is on our minds.
Page 1 - It is the policy of the Congress that chiefs of mission and Foreign Service officers appointed or assigned to serve the United States in foreign countries shall have, to the maximum practicable extent, among their qualifications, a useful knowledge of the principal language or dialect of the country in which they are to serve, and knowledge and understanding of the history, the culture, the economic and political institutions, and the interests of such country and its people.
Page 53 - ... Washington and temporary field schools were established in Nice, France, Frankfurt, Germany and in Mexico City. On November 2, 1956, the Secretary of State approved a new language policy based on the premise that foreign language skills are vital to the conduct of foreign affairs. The policy read: "Each officer will be encouraged to acquire a 'useful' knowledge of two foreign languages, as well as sufficient command of the language of each post of assignment to be able to use greetings, ordinary...

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