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Career Education and the Teaching of Foreign Languages



ABSTRACT  Incorporating career education in the teaching of foreign languages would benefit both students and teachers. Students would have the opportunity to look realistically at occupations in which languages play an important role. From concrete, first-hand experience in assessing the abilities required by various occupations, in determining the rewards and satisfactions offered by numerous careers, and in looking at the life styles accompanying certain positions, students could avoid costly mistakes in career direction. Teachers could also capitalize on student interest in that which seems personally useful or valuable. By showing the direct relationship of foreign language learning in the classroom and the everyday exchange of goods, services, and ideas on the international level, teachers could make language learning more interesting and more meaningful to the student.