ERIC Number: ED224299
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
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Foreign Languages and the Business World: A Close Partnership.
Portuondo, Alicia M.
The role of foreign languages in the liberal arts colleges and of business training in the foreign language curriculum is examined. In recent years, student interests in foreign languages have shifted from the traditional focus on literary scholarship to practical applications and communication. International studies are also necessary in preparing students for business. Business and foreign language courses presented under an international studies framework should be an essential part of the college curriculum. The increasing importance of international trade and multinational corporations results in a need for personnel capable of working in several languages and cultures. Bilingual individuals are needed in both business and government. Languages in high demand in business include French, Spanish, and German. Japanese business provides an example of how learning foreign languages and cultures enhances success in international commerce. Monmouth College in New Jersey has developed courses in business French, German, and Spanish along with culture and civilization courses as part of a degree program in foreign language and business. (RW)
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Business Communication, Business Skills, College Curriculum, College Second Language Programs, Employment Qualifications, French, German, Higher Education, International Studies, Languages for Special Purposes, Second Languages, Spanish
Not available separately; see FL 013 333.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Monmouth College NJ
Note: Paper presented at the Eastern Michigan University Conference on Spanish for Bilingual Careers in Business (Ypsilanti, MI, March 18-20, 1982).