Business Language Research and Teaching Awards

In order to encourage faculty, lecturers and graduate students in foreign language departments to add a business-language dimension to their research and teaching, the 17 Centers for International Business Education and Research (CIBERs) have pledged a portion of their Title VI CIBER grant funding to support the Business Language Research and Teaching (BLRT) Awards. In […]

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New LSP Publication

We are happy to share with you the release of the volume “Technology-Enhanced Language Learning for Specialized Domains: Practical Applications and Mobility,” published in the series “Routledge Research in Education.’ This book edited by Elena Martín-Monje, Izaskun Elorza and Blanca García Riaza provides an exploration of the latest developments in technology-enhanced learning and the processing of […]

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Duolingo: Fluency in Five Days!

By Steven Sacco Don’t get excited! I’m being facetious when it comes to flash fluency in a foreign language. Yesterday, while watching the Super Bowl, I decided to start German lessons on Duolingo. Tim Ferriss, of THE 4-HOUR WORKWEEK fame, claims it’s the best online language learning method he has ever used and he’s studied 10+ languages. I […]

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The benefits of connecting

By Beatriz Sedano, PhD Student, Open University of Spain My first contact with NOBLE was less than one year ago in CIEFE, International Congress of Spanish for Specific Purposes. Since I connected with the NOBLE team, other graduates and phd students like Carolina, I have found so many benefits of connecting. DISCUSSING AND LEARNING First […]

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Embedding leadership in language & literature

By Sheri Spaine Long Right now I am working on a study with my Graduate Research Assistant, Liane She, that embeds leadership in a Spanish literature course at UNC Charlotte by hybridizing the traditional approach to teaching literature through a focus on leadership. Through special activities, materials, and reflection, students think critically and creatively about […]

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Why do I blog? LSP can be lonely…

By Ann Abbott Critical Reflection. Because I combine Languages for Specific Purposes (LSP) with Community Service Learning (CSL), all my students must engage in critical reflection using a framework that poses three questions: What? So what? Now what? They do this in class and outside of class; individually and in small groups; written and spoken; […]

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MOOCs: authentic content and intercultural exchange for LSP students

By Carolina Egúsquiza As language teachers, we promote language and cultural exchange programs among college and university students. However, for various reasons, the majority of students will not complete internships in foreign countries or study abroad programs during their college years. For this reason, universities need to develop international curricula and expand language and digital […]

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Business Portuguese: Analyzing students’ preferences

By Rita Jesus Leduc Business Portuguese courses are growing in demand as Portuguese-speaking countries develop economically and as Portuguese language becomes one of the most used languages on social media. While teaching in Ireland, I noticed that teaching resources for Business Portuguese were scarce and that very few studies were being done to improve this […]

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How to introduce LSP content in basic language courses?

By Carolina Egúsquiza There is great controversy over whether Languages for Specific Purposes (LSP) should be taught at the basic language levels. The truth is that teachers cannot anticipate which specific skills their students will need in the workplace or which specific work situation they will encounter. Students often don’t know that either so every […]

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Introducing: the NOBLE Grad Group

By Ellen Street Hey students, DON’T MISS OUR OPEN FORUM WEBINAR!! The NOBLE Grad Group has just been created! On November 18th at 4pm EST, the NOBLE Grad Group will be hosting its first virtual chat for you to collaborate on specialized language, study abroad, etc. The Network of Business Language Educators, also known as NOBLE, […]

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