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ERIC Number: ED122595
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Mar-6
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
English through Business and Business through English.
Lesley, Tay
This paper describes a highly specialized ESL program for a group of foreign students at the University of Southern California. The students were foreign graduates in business administration and economics who were entering the MBA program at USC. Previous experience with such students indicated that many entered the program with an insufficient knowledge of English business vocabulary and the highly language- and culture-oriented subject of business communication skills. Therefore, a special 10-week course, to be taken prior to the first semester of the regular program, was developed. Approximately 30 students participated in the program in July and August, 1974. They attended classes in business communication skills, taught by a professor in the School of Business, and ESL classes in reading and syntax, taught by staff members of the American Language Institute. The ESL teachers attended many of the business sessions and integrated much of the program material into their language lessons, either in the form of business readings or in syntax exercises that utilized the vocabulary of the current business lesson. Special vocabulary tapes were devised to aid the students in learning the business vocabulary. Pre- and post-tests in vocabulary and communication skills revealed that students had made remarkable progress in both these areas. (Author/KM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (Los Angeles, California, March 1975)