ERIC Number: ED293348
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-May
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The Syntactic and Grammatical Characteristics of Business German Language: A Methodological Problem.
Paulsell, Patricia R.
A discussion of problems in teaching business German focuses on methodologies used to introduce syntax and grammar at the introductory and intermediate levels. The formalistic, progressive approaches to grammar and syntax that American students are accustomed to in language instruction put them at a disadvantage because they: (1) make it difficult for instructors to adapt the typical osmosis exercises of some business German texts; and (2) are biased in favor of certain approaches to language learning that do not form a particularly good foundation for the study of business German. Three aspects of instruction are examined further: (1) recent research concerning the most important syntactical and grammatical characteristics of business and technical German; (2) problems experienced by average American businesses created by the creative writing/Alltagssprache-oriented approaches of most German texts; and (3) the need for development of appropriate methodologies for teaching business German syntax and grammar. (MSE)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: Languages and Communication for World Business and the Professions. Conference Proceedings; see FL 017 281.