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ERIC Number: ED260399
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
An Orientation Program for M.B.A. Foreign Students: Directions and Questions.
Ebrecht, Ann
Arguing that eliminating formal grammar instruction and concentrating instead on instruction in style and organization will improve the program, this paper describes Tulane University's language orientation program for foreign students in the M.B.A. program. Following an introduction, the paper describes the students in the class and the nature of the writing section of the course, and then analyzes the techniques used in teaching writing. This section includes writing samples that characterize the culture-based writing problems of the Latin and Oriental students in the course, and discusses test scores indicating that the students' writing improved during the five-week course but that their knowledge of grammar did not. The paper concludes that instructors should treat grammar problems as they arise within the framework of the group discussions, and that they should emphasize exercises which develop the students' organizational abilities as well as style. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Professional Communication in the Modern World: Proceedings of the American Business Communication Association Southeast Convention (31st, Hammond, LA, April 5-7, 1984).