ERIC Number: ED347846
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar-26
Assessing Japanese Language Needs for Business and Professional Use.
A study is reported that aimed to: (1) assess perceived needs of Japanese language by students and business faculty; (2) assess Japanese language needs of business professionals who work with Japan; (3) determine what language abilities and levels of proficiency are desired; and (4) identify perceived problem areas and ways that they are handled by business professionals. The study was conducted at the University of Texas at Austin, where approximately 3 percent of the first-year Japanese students are in liberal arts fields and the rest are majoring in business, technical, and other fields. Data were gathered by a questionnaire survey from 162 subjects categorized as Japanese language students, university faculty in the business field, and Texas business professionals. A majority (70 percent) of the business professionals interviewed speak Japanese, and most of them had lived in Japan for several years. The results of the study show that business professionals, students, and faculty support the notion that students preparing for a career including international activity should include language study as part of their preparation. Other observations are that the need is not being well met by current course offerings, that interdisciplinary programming is necessary to teach "real world" experiences, that most Japanese faculty lack real world experience, and that Japanese study does not yet enhance job prospects since the primary hiring criteria continue to be skill and experience. Contains 11 references. (LB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Eastern Michigan University Conference on Languages and Communication for World Business and the Professions (11th, Ypsilanti, MI, March 25-28, 1992).