ERIC Number: ED201177
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jul
The British Overseas Trade Board's Report "Foreign Languages for Overseas Trade" and Its Implications for Schools: A Verbatim Report of a Conference for Headteachers (University of Aston in Birmingham, England, March 22, 1980).
Aston Univ., Birmingham (England).
A conference was convened as a forum for second language educators to exchange ideas on the second language needs of international business. This report includes a transcription of the discussions that took place as well as several brief papers describing locally used methods of language assessment and an innovative program. A consensus of the conference consists in the recognition that business and industry have great need of second language skilled professionals, a need that has not been met in part because the education of a technologist, businessman, or engineer has never included foreign language study as an integral element. The traditional method of "tacking on" a few hours of language instruction to meet an immediate need is recognized as inadequate. Among the alternatives proposed are: promoting as a norm lengthy (and costly) language training for employees selected on the basis of professional expertise and demostrated language aptitude; and encouraging business to offer incentives for students to maintain language study throughout their schooling. (JB)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Aston Univ., Birmingham (England).
Note: For related document, see FL 012 144.