ERIC Number: ED336998
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986
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A Commercial Spanish Sequence at the Post-Secondary Level: Objectives, Curriculum, and Resources.
Walker, Laura J.
The University of Southwestern Louisiana initiated a commercial Spanish curriculum to serve the growing number of students in the business school. Two major factors were considered: (1) most business students had only taken language classes as electives and were concerned about the career relevance of those courses, and (2) language courses had to fit into the existing degree plan. The first course offered was advertised by brochure in the business school and attracted the largest enrollment for any 300-level Spanish course in the department. The commercial language course track is coordinated with the literary track in both lower- and upper-level Spanish courses. Students are encouraged to prepare for two Madrid (Spain) chamber of commerce language examinations. Performance objectives for the courses include skills in business correspondence, document translation, report writing, and business-related discussion. Textbooks are supplemented with current business news, correspondence, and other business papers. Course focus is on language, especially aspects appropriate for commercial professions, not on commerce itself. Cultural awareness is an important element in the curriculum. A list of useful sources for commercial Spanish texts and other instructional materials is provided. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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