ERIC Number: ED344450
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
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Cross-Cultural Conversational Styles and LSP in Finnish Universities.
Throughout Finland the different centers for Language for Specific Purposes (LSP), along with diverse interests of LSP instructors, account for a wide range of LSP curricula in Finland. This paper examines the situation in two centers and argues that any LSP program for postsecondary students who are likely to have professional contact with non-Finnish speakers should include a component on cross-cultural conversational styles. It assumes that a communicative approach to LSP teaching is inadequate unless the function of language in interpersonal communication is included as an integral part of the curriculum. Components that should be included in the curriculum are outlined, such as the concepts of social distance and power. The approach entails giving students resources with which to review analytically and therefore gain insight into features of human interaction that are relevant to the role that cultural background plays in social and professional interactions between people from different cultures. Contains 34 references. (Author/LB)
Descriptors: College Second Language Programs, Communicative Competence (Languages), Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Intercultural Communication, Interpersonal Competence, Language Styles, Language Teachers, Languages for Special Purposes, Second Language Learning
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: Special Languages and Second Languages: Methodology and Research. No. 47. AFinLA Yearbook 1989; see FL 020 091.