ERIC Number: EJ1065392
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jun
Reference Count: 4
"You Know Spanish, Right?": Language for Specific Purposes and the Challenge of Teaching Content Areas and Lexical Domain
Jackson, Douglas A.; Polchow, Shannon M.
Hispania, v98 n2 p198-199 Jun 2015
In a typically monolingual state, those students who do possess a second language are poised to better integrate themselves into the international business community, yet, possessing (for example) a Spanish degree does not indicate proficiency. Unless students have been exposed to a variety of subjects relating to law, health care, business, and educational services in both English and Spanish, they will find themselves unprepared for the demand the community will place on them just because they are bilingual. As universities decrease, and even eliminate, world language requirements in their general education curriculum, while some are cutting language programs altogether, languages for a specific purpose become even more vital and must begin at the lower levels. Languages for Specific Purposes (LSP) not only provide a solution for the community, but they also allow connections with other disciplines. Language departments must evolve to meet the demands of an ever-changing world. With proper training and the incorporation of languages for specific purposes into the curriculum, language departments will give their students a better chance for success post-graduation.
Descriptors: Languages for Special Purposes, Spanish, Language Proficiency, Interdisciplinary Approach, Departments, Educational Change, Integrated Curriculum, Universities, Degree Requirements
American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, Inc. 900 Ladd Road, Walled Lake, MI 48390. Tel: 248-960-2180; Fax: 248-960-9570; e-mail: AATSPoffice@aatsp.org; Web site: http://www.aatsp.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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