ERIC Number: ED343447
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr-4
Reference Count: N/A
Integration of the MBA and Foreign Languages for Business and Economics.
Campbell, Russell N.
A foreign language curriculum is described that was designed especially for students enrolled in a master's in business education program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The program's goals are for students: (1) to attain a high-intermediate level of proficiency in speaking, listening, and reading in the target language; and (2) to gain deep and broad knowledge of the socio-cultural behavior of speakers of the target language, especially as it relates to the world of business and economics. The basic curriculum of the 2-year program implemented for teaching Chinese and Spanish to two cohorts of students is described. The curriculum includes intensive courses at a host institution abroad, seminars at UCLA, internships in business establishments in the host countries (China and Mexico), course work in a host country university, and seminars in the target language and adjunct courses at UCLA. Each segment of the curriculum is described, followed by information on admissions, costs, and preliminary evaluation. It is noted that in spite of difficulties in testing the validity of the model due to the large number of deviations, extensive information test data suggest substantial gains in target language proficiency for all participants. (LB)
Descriptors: Business, Business Administration Education, Chinese, College Second Language Programs, Economics, Educational Objectives, Foreign Countries, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Language Proficiency, Masters Programs, Program Evaluation, Second Language Learning, Seminars, Spanish, Study Abroad
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: China; Mexico; University of California Los Angeles
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Eastern Michigan University Conference on Language and Communication for World Business and the Professions (10th, Ypsilanti, MI, April 4, 1991).