ERIC Number: ED262646
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Foreign Languages for Business: Career or Culture?
Dugan, J. Sanford
Contrary to recent observations about an excessively vocational orientation, programs in foreign languages for business are not limited to narrow career goals. The syllabus design readily accommodates concerns for transmitting culture, examining the civilizing heritage, and leading students to self-understanding. The subject matter is different, but the principles remain the same. For example, the study of the economy of another country, even at a superficial level, necessitates taking into account numerous cultural aspects; a study of current international economic relations requires considering the historical background against which these relations are evolving; the attempt to define, characterize, and understand the way peoples manage their economic resources is as likely to lead to self-understanding as traditional subject matter areas; practical exercises such as writing a job application require students to reflect on their own qualifications as well as prospective employers' background, needs, and cultural setting; analysis of economic trends and public policy enhances understanding of oneself and one's relationship to other cultures. The foreign language for business program, while leading to specific career goals, also transmits culture, reveals a civilizing heritage, and leads to increased individual self-realization. (MSE)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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Note: In: Meeting the Call for Excellence in the Foreign Language Classroom. Selected papers from the 1985 Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (FL 015 312).