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ERIC Number: ED388065
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
How To Enhance Intercultural Understanding in the Foreign Language Classroom.
Angelini, Eileen M.
Current and innovative instructional materials and techniques for developing intercultural understanding in international business administration students are discussed, drawing on a seminar on French business language instruction. A group of classroom activities concerning the adoption of English words into the French language, which can be adapted in foreign language or cross-cultural education, are described. Two preliminary activities demonstrate that intercultural understanding is a two-way process, often requiring some historical knowledge. Following these activities, students are given a current events exercise to reinforce the constant necessity for intercultural understanding. In this exercise, articles written from both American and French points of view are examined, and the issues are debated. Three activities based on the articles' lexicon follow. The French article on which the activities are based, and related English articles, are appended. (MSE)
Descriptors: Business Administration Education, Business Communication, Class Activities, Cultural Awareness, French, Higher Education, Intercultural Communication, International Trade, Language Role, Languages for Special Purposes, Linguistic Borrowing, Reading Comprehension, Second Language Instruction, Vocabulary Development
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Eastern Michigan University Conference on Languages and Communication for World Business and the Professions (13th, Ypsilanti, MI, April 6-8, 1995). For related documents, see FL 023 316-328. Some papers may not reproduce well due to light copy.