ERIC Number: ED347905
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar-26
Internationalizing the Business Professor: A Collaborative Effort.
Slonaker, William M.; Cannon, Emilie T.
This paper recounts how two university colleagues, a business faculty member and a foreign language faculty member, benefited from their interdisciplinary contact as student and as teacher. Mutual anxieties, new language learning techniques using computers, and culture are discussed in a stylized dialogue between the two faculty members. From the experiences of these faculty members, business faculty members are encouraged to study a foreign language on their campuses as a viable, inexpensive way to initiate internationalization of the business faculty. The following recommendations are presented for business professors: study a foreign language; read foreign language publications and works about target language countries; watch foreign films, instructional videotapes, and foreign language TV; read literary classics of the target language countries; enjoy the art and music of the target language countries; and share this knowledge and enthusiasm with the business students. It is noted that this type of collaboration has allowed both professors to develop professionally, and that the learning process described, that of colleagues from different colleges collaborating as student and teacher, should be encouraged. Contains 21 references. (GLR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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).