Barbara Lomas Rusterholz (Ph.D., University of Minnesota) is Assistant Professor of French at the University of Wisconsin—La Crosse.
Reading Strategies for the Business Foreign Language Class
Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
© 1987 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 20, Issue 5, pages 427–433, October 1987
How to Cite
Rusterholz, B. L. (1987), Reading Strategies for the Business Foreign Language Class. Foreign Language Annals, 20: 427–433. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.1987.tb03260.x
- Issue published online: 31 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
ABSTRECT Explicit instruction in reading comprehension has not been an important element of the Business Foreign Language course. This paper argues that teaching students how to read newspapers and magazines in the target language can prepare them to make an important contribution to their future employers.
Current principles of reading pedagogy are examined, including pre-reading activities, schema theory, the importance of background knowledge, and post-reading activities. Concrete examples are provided of how those ideas can be applied in the Business Foreign Language classroom.