ERIC Number: ED222069
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
Commercial Spanish at Eastern Michigan University.
Voght, Geoffrey M.
The commercial Spanish courses at Eastern Michigan University, examinations in commercial Spanish, and cooperative education exchange programs are described, and the university's new programs that combine the study of foreign language and business are briefly addressed. A six-course sequence offered on the junior, senior, and graduate levels cover Spanish for international trade, business Spanish, and Spanish for business practices. All have basically the same major components: commercial correspondence and documents, Spanish articles on business-related topics, and a textbook covering vocabulary on a wide variety of operational areas. In each course, students must both translate business letters from Spanish to English and compose letters in Spanish for a wide variety of commercial purposes. In addition, students examine and discuss many other commercial documents. Work with articles published in foreign periodicals has been a successful approach to expose students to the commercial-Spanish lexicon. The articles are entirely in Spanish, which encourages students to build associations among commercial and noncommercial Spanish words and expressions. The basic-level and advanced-level examinations in commercial Spanish for foreigners and the Madrid Chamber of Commerce and Industry certificate and diploma exams are described, along with the cooperative education exchange program. The courses qualify students for positions providing experience in international business and use of Spanish, both in the United States and abroad. (SW)
Descriptors: Advanced Courses, Business Administration Education, Business Communication, College Second Language Programs, Cooperative Education, Economics, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, International Education, International Educational Exchange, International Trade Vocabulary, Language Tests, Languages for Special Purposes, Spanish, Study Abroad, Vocabulary Development
Not available separately; see FL 013 228.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers: Eastern Michigan University; Madrid Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Spain); Mexico; Spain
Note: Paper presented at the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (Louisville, KY, April 22-24, 1982). In: ESL and the Foreign Language Teacher.