ERIC Number: ED295415
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr
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Foreign Languages for Business in the Secondary School Curriculum.
Grosse, Christine Uber
A survey of the 20 most populous states concerning their secondary school provision of foreign languages for business is reported. State foreign language supervisors were interviewed for information on state policy or planning for the inclusion of foreign language for business or applied language studies, for information about specific programs or courses, and for predictions about the future of foreign languages for business in the state in the next five years. Survey results show that few states offer this curriculum at the secondary level, and only Virginia and Louisiana had specific examples of pilot programs or existing curricula. In many cases, the state supervisors did not know whether any such courses were offered anywhere in the state. Only Wisconsin and Florida have state curriculum guides for the local school districts. Several officials in states without specific policies were supportive of the idea, but most were pessimistic about advances in state policy favoring foreign languages for business because of other state mandates, the more urgent need to boost support for basic language teaching, lack of time in the school schedule, and lack of trained teachers and appropriate materials. (MSE)
Descriptors: Business Administration, Business Communication, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Futures (of Society), Languages for Special Purposes, Policy Formation, Public Policy, Second Language Instruction, Secondary Education, Secondary School Curriculum, State Supervisors, Statewide Planning, Surveys
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: Proceedings of the Fifth Annual Eastern Michigan University Conference on Languages for Business and the Professions (see FL 016 586).