ERIC Number: ED408837
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Foreign Languages and Interest in Global Business Courses and Careers.
Robbins, John E.; And Others
A survey investigated the attitudes and preferences of business administration students concerning college courses in international business and job assignments abroad. Respondents were from 13 regional business schools, broadly distributed in the United States. All were public institutions. Questions elicited information about student characteristics (major, sex, class, country of citizenship), foreign travel, languages spoken, overseas work experience, number of international business courses already taken, interest in additional courses, feelings about a three-year assignment abroad, and feelings about a 30-day assignment abroad. Results indicate strong differences based on the number of languages spoken and all the dependent variables (international courses taken/planned, job assignment preferences), for the sample as a whole and for American students within it. Foreign students, in general, were very interested in international courses and career assignments, regardless of number of languages spoken. Implications are outlined for business curriculum and program design and for emphasis given to languages in the curriculum. Contains 21 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference on Languages and Communication for World Business and the Professions (16th, Ypsilanti, MI, April 1997).