ERIC Number: ED295451
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr
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Reading Strategies for Business Foreign Language Class.
Rusterholz, Barbara Lomas
Foreign language reading should be taught to students of business language because (1) it will provide skills necessary for them to keep informed about current events in their country of expertise, and (2) research suggests that development of receptive language skills can result in improvement of productive skills. Pre-reading, reading, and post-reading strategies can be used to improve students' ability to deal with texts and to use existing knowledge for better comprehension. Pre-reading activities can fill in some gaps in background knowledge and develop the conceptual schemata or structures for new information. Reading activities develop skills in skimming, scanning, and extensive and intensive reading, and can easily be adapted to business-related materials. Post-reading activities promote synthesis, stimulating students to move beyond the text and apply their knowledge. Good reading strategies will give students the tools to continue to teach themselves after graduation. (MSE)
Descriptors: Business Administration, Business Communication, Classroom Techniques, College Students, Educational Objectives, Higher Education, Language Skills, Languages for Special Purposes, Problem Solving, Reading Instruction, Reading Materials, Reading Strategies, Second Language Instruction, Skill Development
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; 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).