ERIC Number: ED196286
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
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The Illinois State Interdisciplinary Model for Teaching Languages for Business.
Varner, Carson H., Jr.; Whitcomb, Richard O.
This model combines in a team-taught course the study of business and a foreign language. The objective is to give business students a foreign language experience in a relatively brief time and also to offer them a business-oriented introduction to a culture other than their own. Students in business courses are preparing for a career in international business, and so they seek to study a language and a vocabulary that will be of practical use in the not so distant future. The argument that English is the international business language is countered with a discussion of the economic position of Germany and a description of a German business-language course. In the part of the course taught by the business specialist, the following instructional techniques are employed: (1) lecture/discussion, (2) map work, (3) group work, and (4) individual reports. The language component aims at enabling students to acquire a working knowledge of business German. Students at all levels of language proficiency use key-word vocabulary exercises, advertisements and other such uncomplicated materials for reading texts, as well as statistical tables and periodical articles. Lectures and discussions cover all aspects of the German business scene. (AMH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Not available separately. For availability information, see FL 012 031. Paper presented at the Central States Conference (Minneapolis, MN, 1980).