ERIC Number: ED366191
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
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Area Studies and Language Teaching: A Practical Approach.
A model for integrating second language instruction and business administration education in a college course is proposed. Language instruction is the central element, and area studies (in this example, German area studies) and business studies are bound together by it. The course, in West German industrial relations, would have some German language competence and German history and political science as prerequisites. Students may also have had systematic introduction to personnel management, industrial relations, labor economics, or other relevant areas in previous business courses. The study of industrial relations, particularly from the German viewpoint, can be seen as the study of a system and therefore allows for systematic, cohesive, interdisciplinary examination. Course content would include specialized terminology and in-depth analysis of such topics as the labor movement, trade unions, employers' associations, plant-level industrial relations, government role, collective bargaining, and co-determination. While there is little instructional material available specifically on West Germany, there is much on labor law, trade unions, employers, crafts, labor history, and economics of collective bargaining. This model could be adapted for other language and area studies combinations. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Content Area Teaching
Note: In Sarinee, Anivan, Ed. Language Teaching Methodology for the Nineties. Anthology Series 24; see FL 021 739.