A Yen for Business: Language Learning for Specific Purposes - A Japanese Example

Authors

  • Theresa Austin,

    1. University of Massachusetts, Amherst
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      Theresa Austin (Ph.D., UCLA) is Director of Bilingual Education in the Department of Cultural Diversity and Curriculum Reform in the School of Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

  • Chisako Nakayama,

    1. New York University
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      Chisako Nakayama is a doctoral student in Foreign Language Education at New York University.

  • Akiko Oda,

    1. New York University
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      Akiko Oda received her M.A. in Foreign Language Education from New York University and is teaching Japanese to foreigners in Japan.

  • Sadako Urabe,

    1. New York University
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      Sadako Urabe is a doctoral student in Foreign Language Education at New York University, where she teaches.

  • Yoshiko Ley

    1. Pace University
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      Yoshiko Ley (M.A., New York University) teaches Japanese at Pace University in New York City.


Abstract

ABSTRACT  The following paper chronicles the steps taken in developing a curricular project to design, implement, and evaluate a simulation business course for beginners learning Japanese at the university level. The steps in developing the program, from the selection of materials to the evaluation of the entire project, are presented together with insights gained from the experience and suggestions for improvement. The paper concludes with issues that are still unresolved and new directions to explore.

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