ERIC Number: ED163817
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Entrainement d'etudiants francophones a la negociation d'affaires et au debat public en anglais. L'Enseignement de la competence de communication en langues secondes. (Training of Francophone Students in Business Transactions and Public Speaking in English. The Teaching of Communicative Competence in Second Languages). Acts of the Colloquium of the Swiss Interuniversity Commission for Applied Linguistics. CILA Bulletin.
The objective of this course is to enable students to negotiate a business transaction directly in English. The proposed setting is a conference room and the interlocutors are upper middle class professional people. The learners are students of business administration in France who already possess some knowledge of English vocabulary and grammar. The basic material, a functional catalogue of 300 kernel sentences, was developed from tapes and notes taken by the instructors at actual business meetings. These sentences are used to train students to express themselves in three successive levels of discourse, namely, expressing an opinion without much forethought, expressing a point of view with a great deal of emphasis and feeling, and including the person addressed in the speaker's discursive universe. In addition, structural exercises based on the same sentences, situational schemas and thematic dialogues are used. Basically, the teaching strategies consist of an introductory, theoretical phase, use of recordings for listening comprehension, laboratory exercises, class practice in situational contexts, and training in assuming the "Anglo-Saxon mentality." The amount of active participation, the close link between laboratory and class work, the practical nature of the materials and the enthusiasm of both instructors and students are all factors in the sucess of the course. (AMH)
Descriptors: Business Communication, Communication Skills, Communicative Competence (Languages), Conversational Language Courses, Course Content, Course Descriptions, Course Objectives, Discourse Analysis, English (Second Language), Higher Education, Instructional Materials, Language Instruction, Language Proficiency, Language Skills, Paralinguistics, Pragmatics, Professional Training, Second Language Learning, Speech Communication, Teacher Developed Materials, Teaching Methods, Vocabulary
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commission Interuniversitaire Suisse de Linguistique Appliquee (Switzerland).
Note: Paper presented at the Colloquium of the Swiss Interuniversity Commission for Applied Linguistics (Neuchatel, Switzerland, March 15-17, 1976)