ERIC Number: ED224306
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
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Breaching the One-Course-of-Language-for-Business Barrier.
Randolph, Donald A.
Foreign language departments at U.S. colleges have traditionally tended to limit their language for business offerings to one course per language. Attempts to expand the business foreign language curriculum may meet with resistance from traditional foreign language departments over the issue of academic priorities. Careful prior planning, specific and limited goal setting, and constant consultation can alleviate such apprehensions. The University of Miami Foreign Language Department's planning and development efforts in languages for business are recounted. In 1977, the department initiated planning for a Spanish for business program through a departmental committee. Drawing from the experiences of other colleges, the committee established courses on such topics as business and diplomatic Spanish, Spanish for medical personnel, and elementary Spanish for business as part of a minor in business Spanish. The planning and innovation process at University of Miami suggests areas for interdepartmental cooperation, particularly with business departments. (RW)
Descriptors: Business, Business Communication, Business Education, College Curriculum, College Second Language Programs, Higher Education, Languages for Special Purposes, Program Development, Spanish
Not available separately; see FL 013 333.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers: University of Miami FL
Note: Paper presented at the Eastern Michigan University Conference on Spanish for Bilingual Careers in Business (Ypsilanti, MI, March 18-20, 1982).