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Business Portuguese: Analyzing students’ preferences

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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 situation. That led me to conduct my own study on Business Portuguese courses focusing on course analysis and students’ feedback. In this NOBLE webinar and post I share the results of that research. A website analysis indicated that very few free websites provide Business Portuguese content. In addition, a survey applied to Business Portuguese students showed that even though courses in general provide a good variety of written learning resources, they often neglect the development…
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How to introduce LSP content in basic language courses?

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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 academic course should aim at transferring meaningful skills to students to become successful professionals. With that in mind, Annie Abbott and Holly Nibert presented their approach on how to connect language instruction with professional information during the last NOBLE webinar. They suggest implementing a variety of activities and tasks that introduce professional related vocabulary, promote reflection and intercultural dialogue, and explore careers and professional behaviors. In addition, they suggest implementing alternative professional-focused writing and oral…
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Introducing: the NOBLE Grad Group

Introducing: the NOBLE Grad Group

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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, is a professional learning community working to prepare students for the global workplace. NOBLE has been featured in many publications and provides a monthly webinar series. The newly created NOBLE Grad Group is a place where grad students can ask questions about business language education, get career advice on working in a global environment, and learn about options for studying and working abroad. Our goal is to bring together graduate students for interdisciplinary collaboration to promote…
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