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Career Education at the College Level: A Modest Proposal.

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Abstract: Foreign language programs in America have not tried to meet the specific needs of undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in professional schools who are preparing for an international career in law, marketing, accounting, hotel management, or engineering. These students need to be able to use the language in the performance of their professional duties. For them a foreign language is an auxiliary skill that allows them to do their job in the foreign country efficiently. Since most of these professionals stay in the foreign country for extended periods, they must be able to speak the foreign tongue with some fluency, must know enough about the foreign culture to integrate smoothly into the social environment and, most important, must have mastered the professional vocabulary they need to carry on their business. The proposed twelve-months, semi-intensive program achieves these goals through a combination of well tested and innovative methods in language instruction. These include a modular approach to the teaching of social-linguistic situations, culture, and the basic vocabulary essential to each student s professional area. A vital component of the program is an eight-to-twelve week practicum in the student s professional field in the target language country. (Author)

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