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ERIC Number: ED459607
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
Pages: 18
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Virtual Investing in the German-for-Business Course: Combining Language, Culture and Business.
Daines, Erika
Business German classes at the university level have been very much in demand in recent years even though some German departments in universities have been forced to close. One reason for this is that these courses are at the cutting edge of trends toward more student-centered approaches in foreign language instruction and the move toward more content-based instruction. This paper describes two business German courses taught at Weber State University in Utah--one dealing with business topics, the other dealing with economic and international issues as they relate to German-speaking countries. The paper goes on to describe how students play a Web-based German language virtual investing game. They are forced to read and struggle to understand German-language financial records, company annual reports, and the business press in order to make informed decisions about which companies to "virtually" invest in. Class activities and Web site references are included. This activity made it easier for foreign language majors to understand difficult topics in banking and investing, provided insight into cultural patterns and standards, and stimulated reading and speaking outside the classroom. All this made these courses very positive experiences for the students and the instructors. (Contains 27 references and 3 graphs.) (KFT)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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