ERIC Number: ED324941
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
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Which Culture Shall We Teach?
Rahilly, Leonard J.
While language programs often include a cultural component as a requirement for language majors or as an option for other students, there is little agreement about the design of a civilization component for serious programs in languages for business. Although the traditional approach to cultural education is valid, a curriculum focusing on contemporary civilization carries more immediate meaning for the business language student. Defining the contemporary makeup of a foreign nation can be difficult and risks stereotyping, but may be approached by attempting to define national values and social forces. Some of the ways that programs in languages for business and the professions can develop interesting, informative, and stimulating courses include the use of the following: (1) the existing pool of international students as classroom resources; (2) foreign films as a medium for cultural study; (3) books that give overviews of the politics, education, values, and attitudes of another culture; (4) foreign newsmagazines and newspapers; and (5) study abroad. (MSE)
Descriptors: Business Administration Education, Business Communication, Cross Cultural Training, Cultural Education, Cultural Traits, Curriculum Development, Educational Needs, Foreign Students, Higher Education, Instructional Materials, Languages for Special Purposes, Relevance (Education), Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Social Values, Study Abroad
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Note: In: Proceedings of the Annual Eastern Michigan University Conference on Languages and Communications for World Business and the Professions (8th, Ann Arbor, MI, March 30-April 1, 1989).