ERIC Number: ED345578
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Introducing LSP Courses into the Liberal Arts Curriculum: The Case of Butler University.
Phariss, Florence M.
For many years, the modern language enrollment at Butler University included many students with a second major in education, and the language curriculum served this population. As the number of teacher trainees diminished, foreign language majors increasingly indicated second majors in business. To serve this population, the foreign language faculty developed courses in business French, German, and Spanish with an emphasis on culture, appropriate to the liberal arts mission of the institution. The liberal arts and science faculty's principal concern about the plan was the training of faculty to teach such a course. Language faculty have therefore attended conferences and completed coursework in business and economics. One business communication course has been offered in each of the three languages every second year, as planned, since the inception of the program. At first, students worked individually with faculty in a tutorial arrangement. Enrollment in all three courses has increased, and students from other academic disciplines have also successfully completed the curriculum. As a result of this success, an international business major requiring language study has been established. (MSE)
Descriptors: Business Communication, College Curriculum, College Second Language Programs, Course Organization, Curriculum Development, Faculty Development, French, German, Higher Education, International Trade, Language Enrollment, Languages for Special Purposes, Liberal Arts, Program Descriptions, Program Implementation, Spanish
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Butler University IN
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Eastern Michigan University Conference on Languages and Communication for World Business and the Professions (10th, Ypsilanti, MI, April 3-5, 1991).