ERIC Number: ED224309
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
A Survey of Spanish for Business at U.S. Universities.
Grosse, Christine Uber
A survey was conducted of 508 universities to investigate the status of business Spanish courses in the modern language curriculum. The questionnaire solicited information on the number, size, and scheduling of business Spanish courses; students; course materials; methods of promotion; funding; language requirements; other business language courses; and future plans. Among the 255 respondents it was found that: (1) 45 percent offer business Spanish courses; (2) many other schools plan to offer such courses in the future; (3) the content of the business Spanish courses is consistent among the respondents; (4) 56 percent offer only one course a year; (5) most classes have between 11 and 20 students; (6) most students in business Spanish classes were language or business majors; (7) a total of 26 instructional materials were used; (8) business Spanish satisfies the language requirement at 53 percent of the schools; (9) there is a language requirement in 29 percent of the business degree programs; (10) courses are promoted mostly through course announcement bulletins; and (11) funding comes primarily from the language department. It is concluded that business Spanish is gaining acceptance at U.S. universities. A potential problem area is the lack of support among business schools. The survey instrument, the data, and a list of universities offering business Spanish courses are appended. (RW)
Descriptors: Business, Business Education, College Second Language Programs, Higher Education, Languages for Special Purposes, Spanish, Surveys
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Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Eastern Michigan University Conference on Spanish for Bilingual Careers in Business (Ypsilanti, MI, March 18-20, 1982).