ERIC Number: ED225378
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
The Foreign Language Component of the International Business Degree Program or Interdisciplinary Cooperation between the School of Business and the School of Arts and Sciences.
Petrello, Barbara A.; Petrello, George J.
A committee was formed to examine the need for and the possible approach to foreign language instruction for International Business and International Relations students at St. Mary's University (San Antonio). Research literature of most interest to the committee described specific courses and programs in higher education, different formats ranging from mini-course to intensive semester programs abroad, and the activities of the sponsoring departments. In the course of their study the committee encountered some major problems. For example, there was resistance on the part of Business School professors to a language requirement, and on the part of the language professors to a switch from literature-oriented courses to business career-oriented language programs. There were problems with adding required courses to the Business Administration curriculum, and resistance on the part of many south Texas students to consider international business other than trade between the United States and Mexico. The committee recommended a language requirement of intermediate competency for all International Business majors and encouraged all business students to study foreign languages. It proposed the establishment of special sections of the elementary and intermediate language courses for business students and a consideration of the possibility of offering content courses in foreign languages. A selected annotated bibliography is appended. (Author/AMH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (Denver, CO, November 27-29, 1981).