ERIC Number: ED262581
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct
Reference Count: 0
International Cooperation--The New German Business Diploma as a Model Project.
As a result of increasing interest in merging business and the humanities in the college curriculum and the efforts of many German and American organizations working together, a test was developed to measure the German language competence of American students planning to work for American companies trading with or located in West Germany or for German companies located in the United States. The test focuses on business management, economics, and special linguistic and cultural competencies needed for conducting business in Germany. The competencies are divided into five categories: reading comprehension of business texts, listening comprehension of business communications, speaking ability in business situations, and reproduction of a text from one language to another. German is used throughout the test, and there are no multiple-choice items. The primary evaluation criteria are quality of content, technical accuracy, and lexical knowledge. Grammatical details are given secondary importance. The test will be piloted in 1985 to determine how realistic it is for American students. It is suggested that similar sound measures in other languages will contribute to the credibility of the foreign language profession with the international business community. (MSE)
Descriptors: Business Communication, College Second Language Programs, Communicative Competence (Languages), Cross Cultural Studies, German, Higher Education, Intercultural Communication, Language Skills, Language Tests, Languages for Special Purposes, Program Development, Second Language Instruction, Student Evaluation, Test Construction
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Teaching Languages in College. Communicative Proficiency and Cross-Cultural Issues. Proceedings of a SUNY-Albany Conference (Albany, NY, October 19-20, 1984). For proceedings, see FL 015 232.