ERIC Number: ED271977
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
The Role of Foreign Language Training in Internationalizing the Business Curriculum.
Stone, Gregory B.; Rubenfeld, Stephen A.
Business school faculty and language educators agree that the business school curriculum must be internationalized and that means must be provided for students to acquire facility in a foreign language. The use of traditional foreign language offerings to provide language skills to business majors has proven unsatisfactory. The traditional approach takes too long, emphasizes literacy skills and not speech skills, is overly ambitious, and provides limited and nonspecialized vocabulary. A suggested alternative approach would be an optional program stressing the rapid acquisition of foreign language communication skills, reducing the grammatical overload to only essential structures, and tailoring the vocabulary to that needed by the business student's expected needs, while experimenting with comprehension-based instructional methods. The language skills course should be short and intensive, with a minimum of one semester abroad or one year at the home institution but providing a longer period of study if the business administration program is flexible enough. (MSE)
Descriptors: Area Studies, Business Administration Education, College Second Language Programs, Communicative Competence (Languages), Curriculum Development, Higher Education, International Studies, International Trade Vocabulary, Languages for Special Purposes, Program Development, Second Language Instruction, Vocabulary Development
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Proceedings of the Eastern Michigan University Conference on Languages for Business and the Professions (4th, Dearborn, MI, May 2-4, 1985); see FL 015 835.