ERIC Number: ED271983
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
More Options for the 80's: An Interdisciplinary Model for Teaching Languages for Business.
de Costa, Elena M.
The development of specific university-level programs to prepare students for international employment or to enhance job opportunities in the United States can be achieved only through cooperation between foreign language departments and other departments. Foreign language educators and students must learn to relate to other fields, communicate beyond the limits of their own disciplines, and deal with the realities of other cultures. Curricular and pedagogical innovations in this area frequently fail because of lack of sustained institutional support, lack of faculty preparation time, faculty fears of new programs or procedures, and regression toward established programs. The possibilities for interdisciplinary course combinations or coordination for specific professions are substantial and varied. Proficiency-oriented language instruction and a multi-disciplinary, team approach to teaching are the most likely to succeed in giving students the needed skills and knowledge for the professional job market. (MSE)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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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.