ERIC Number: ED345568
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar-19
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Career Spanish at Mesa State College.
The development and results of Career Spanish instruction at Mesa State College in Colorado from 1975 to 1991 are described. The class is an individualized, career-oriented class for students who have only 3 to 6 semester hours available for foreign language study and an interest in particular vocational applications of Spanish. With no prerequisites, the class allows students to enroll at the beginning of any semester regardless of their career interest or level of ability. After a 6-8 week introduction to Spanish, beginning students transfer to the career option of their choice; those who do not need the introduction begin work immediately on their chosen option with the help of bilingual aides or paraprofessionals. Available options include agriculture, airlines, automotive services, business, elementary education, emergency medical technicians, engineering, hotel management, law enforcement, medical office work, mining engineering, nursing, petroleum engineering, pre-dentistry, pre-law, pre-medicine, pre-optometry, pre-pharmacy, physical therapy, radiologic technology, recreation and leisure services, restaurant management, secretarial services, social services, Spanish for business and professional travelers, and travel agents. Increased enrollment, low attrition rate, students' above-average test scores, and results of both formal and informal follow-up student opinion surveys and evaluations indicate positive responses to the class. The Career Spanish concept is adaptable to either 2- or 4-year institutions of higher education. (LB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Mesa State College CO
Note: Paper presented at the Eastern Michigan University Conference on Languages for World Business and the Professions (10th, Ypsilanti, MI, April 3-5, 1991). Best copy available.