Abstracts

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Cultural Competency for Interpreting Medical Spanish

Cultural Competency for Interpreting Medical Spanish

Cultural Competency is vital into the Medical Spanish Interpretation and Spanish for Specific Purposes. The demographic, social and economic situation in the United States makes it even more relevant; however, it could be a challenging task not only for students, but also for teachers and institutions. This is an informal and interactive session in order to talk briefly about its theory. We will also share the advantages, disadvantages or problems by teaching cultural competency for Interpreting Medical Spanish.

Designing a Spanish SL Course: A Community Model & Leadership Development

Designing a Spanish SL Course: A Community Model & Leadership Development

This workshop targets Spanish instructors at colleges/universities that want to develop upper-level service-learning (SL) courses from scratch or for those who want to enhance existing courses. The hands-on workshop focuses on SL course creation and implementation. Included are strategies and a rationale for incorporating leadership development (LD) into such courses.

Next Steps: Advancing LSP at your Institution

Next Steps: Advancing LSP at your Institution

What is the next step in advancing LSP curriculum and course offerings at your institution? Regardless of your starting point, in this workshop you will have the opportunity to collaborate with other LSP professionals and define your next action steps for advancing LSP at your institution and in your community.

Tech Skills as a Specific Purpose: Developing a Digital Presence for the 21st Century Workplace

Tech Skills as a Specific Purpose: Developing a Digital Presence for the 21st Century Workplace

Are your students as tech savvy as they need to be for the workplace? Come to this workshop to learn 1) how to raise students’ consciousness about their professional digital identities and 2) how you can integrate the development of specific hard skills that employers want into your language courses.

Friday, March 18, 2016

“Language Class as Student-Run Company: “SpeakEasy” Clears a Profit”

“Language Class as Student-Run Company: “SpeakEasy” Clears a Profit”

“SpeakEasy” is a language course where the students conduct a business that makes multilingual greeting cards printed on paper made from recycled elephant dung. Content-Based Instruction and similar pedagogies are employed to structure the company, and to design, manufacture, and market the cards. “SpeakEasy” integrates business language, sustainability, and STEM.

“STEM.de – STEM.US: Resources for Developing Real-World Competencies in German+STEM”

“STEM.de – STEM.US: Resources for Developing Real-World Competencies in German+STEM”

Presentation of a project, funded by a small grant, to support programs in German, particularly k-12, by providing model learning materials and teacher-training resources that can facilitate basic STEM learning in language programs. The target learners are between ACTFL Novice-Mid and Advanced-Low in proficiency, with special focus on Intermediate-High.

A proposal for an Integrated Curriculum of Chinese for Specific Purposes

A proposal for an Integrated Curriculum of Chinese for Specific Purposes

Politeness serves as a guiding principle of human verbal interaction. With regardto politeness, there is great cultural variability. This study provides the linguistic and philosophical background for advocating an interdisciplinary approach to the Chinese for specific purposes curriculum that includes content regarding Chinese culture, politeness, and philosophy.

Adapting the Liberal Arts Curriculum and LSP for Optimal Student Preparation: an Example of Business Spanish

Adapting the Liberal Arts Curriculum and LSP for Optimal Student Preparation: an Example of Business Spanish

Are LSP and the traditional Liberal Arts diametrically opposed, or are they perfectly situated to compliment one another to deliver optimal student preparation? This presentation argues that the future of LSP is not to usurp traditional literature-based language curriculums, but to fuse with them through a set of shared outcomes.

An Attempt to Boost Literacy: the Development of Business Chinese Reader

An Attempt to Boost Literacy: the Development of Business Chinese Reader

This presentation outlines the development of the Business Chinese Reader, an innovative attempt to boost learners’ business Chinese literacy from ACTFL intermediate level and above. The author will detail the initial needs, expected learners’ outcomes, thematic topics, unitary organization, forms of assessment, evaluation suggestions, as well as its limitations.

Curriculum Development and Implementation of Spanish for Animal Health and Care

Curriculum Development and Implementation of Spanish for Animal Health and Care

It is imperative future animal care/management professionals acquire the skills to communicate directly with livestock workers or routine purposes and more vital tasks, such as tending to ill animals or worker safety practices. This panel discusses its interdisciplinary, task-based approach to curriculum design, implementation, and future vision for such courses.

Emerging LSP Models in French: New Language Programs for Global Careers

Emerging LSP Models in French: New Language Programs for Global Careers

This presentation will provide a detailed account of recent innovations in French language program design across U.S. universities that feature LSP curricula, international career advising, expanded study abroad options, and a range of internships in professional settings that match student interests in using French in a range of careers.

French for Global Studies

French for Global Studies

Business French for this generation needs to be adapted to the global economy. This brainstorming session is geared to instructors interested in developing content and activities that promote using a foreign language in that particular context.

Health Care and Language Access

Health Care and Language Access

This panel will explore educational models for teaching Spanish for health care as well as professional policies and practices. The panel moves beyond pedagogical discussions of Spanish for health care curriculum development to address clinical issues such as language access for patients. Furthermore, panelists will discuss how health care institutions are using bilingual staff to meet the growing demand for Spanish speakers in the field of medicine.

Infusing Leadership into the Spanish for Business Curriculum

Infusing Leadership into the Spanish for Business Curriculum

This presentation focuses on leadership: explaining leadership styles, examining leadership within multi-cultural, multi-lingual and/or minority populations and exploring the “teachability” of leadership. Emphasis is on classroom applicability; while samples are from three Spanish for Business levels, the underlying concepts are adaptable to myriad languages for specific purposes courses.

Italian for Business - more innovative, creative and compelling

Italian for Business - more innovative, creative and compelling

This presentation focuses on a variety of techniques, strategies and macro-strategies which teachers can employ in order to make Italian for Business more engaging and students more motivated. A variety of concrete examples will be presented, along with Web resources and Web tools for language learning and teaching.

New Challenges, New Responses: Meeting the Demands of Internationalization with Diverse Approaches to LSP

New Challenges, New Responses: Meeting the Demands of Internationalization with Diverse Approaches to LSP

There is increasing demand for new approaches to LSP. This panel gives an overview of the diversity of current needs of LSP, and presentation of two recent LSP programs: a bilingual dictionary for Myanmar’s aquaculture industry and a teacher-training program for all disciplines to shift to English Medium Instruction.

Nicaragua’s Grand Canal: Promised Land or Pipedream? A Case Study in Political and Economic Culture

Nicaragua’s Grand Canal: Promised Land or Pipedream? A Case Study in Political and Economic Culture

The proposed Nicaraguan Grand Canal—promised land or pipe dream?—provides an example of a business language case study in political and economic culture, with interested regional and global stakeholders. The critical thinking and problem solving skills it seeks to develop are illustrative of the didactic genre.

Shifting Roles in the LSP Classroom: Student as Expert, & Teacher as Investigative Facilitator

Shifting Roles in the LSP Classroom: Student as Expert, & Teacher as Investigative Facilitator

In this roundtable we discuss the reality that in many LSP courses the student has more industry knowledge than the language instructor. This may initially cause anxiety for the instructor, but a simple framework for tapping into student expertise and industry norms makes the LSP course a guaranteed success!

The ePortfolio: A Learning Tool for Preparing Business Language Students with Employability Skills

The ePortfolio: A Learning Tool for Preparing Business Language Students with Employability Skills

Chinese 443 “Business Communications in Chinese” is for students to improve overall language proficiency in using Chinese for business purpose, with a particular emphasis on oral and written discourse. Students learn specific workplace skills such as how to write resume, cover letter, business emails/letters and a marketing proposal.

Think Out of the Box: Exploring Communication Studies and Their Potential Applications to Business Language Instruction

Think Out of the Box: Exploring Communication Studies and Their Potential Applications to Business Language Instruction

Communication studies systematize the types, purposes, and strategies of communication in business contexts. The presentation discusses how to utilize the communication studies to make up the lack of existing ESP theories and further help LSP professionals create a pedagogically practical understanding of the real business world and students’ potential needs.

What Employers Want: An HONEST Assessment of What We Teach LSP Students

What Employers Want: An HONEST Assessment of What We Teach LSP Students

As a round table discussion, we hope to quickly move beyond the presentation phase and into the shared discussion phase. After the session is over, we will post a summary of the discussion, i.e., a publicly shared Padlet wall to include highlights, summaries, links, photographs, and summary handouts, etc.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

“Can you translate this? It will take you five minutes”: The (mis)perception of Spanish as a Language For Specific Purposes

“Can you translate this? It will take you five minutes”: The (mis)perception of Spanish as a Language For Specific Purposes

This paper will present some data from a previous study on the self-perceived bilingualism and
language abilities in the field of Social Work and it will analyze the role of LSP in higher education to prepare future professionals to better serve domestic communities.

‘EPPIC’ Success: Supporting Internationals’ Professional Development through English for Specific Purposes

‘EPPIC’ Success: Supporting Internationals’ Professional Development through English for Specific Purposes

This presentation will provide an overview of a new initiative at Penn State called EPPIC (English for Professional Purposes Intercultural Center) which draws on ESP paradigms to offer advanced English language support to internationals in academic and professional programs, and seeks to foster engaged intercultural communication in our increasingly diverse university community.

An Implementation Report on the New Spanish for Lawyers Program at the University of Miami

An Implementation Report on the New Spanish for Lawyers Program at the University of Miami

This presentation reports on the development of a new language for the professions program at the University of Miami: Spanish for Lawyers for graduate students at the Law School. The pedagogical approach is based on a sociocultural understanding to fostering communicative development in the classroom through engaging with legal texts.

Application of LSP Research in a Business Arabic Course

Application of LSP Research in a Business Arabic Course

In this session, we will discuss the development, design and educational strategies used to create this online Business Arabic course. We will also look at the information and activities that were created to address the needs of students planning to work in a business Arabic environment.

Application of the LESCANT Model to Brazil Used in “The Seven Keys to Communicating in Brazil: An Intercultural Approach”

Application of the LESCANT Model to Brazil Used in “The Seven Keys to Communicating in Brazil: An Intercultural Approach”

This paper applies the LESCANT Model of Kelm and Victor’s new book, Seven Keys to Communicating in Brazil: An Intercultural Approach. LESCANT addresses 7 cross-cultural factors: Language, Environment/Technology, Social Organization, Contexting, Authority Conception, Nonverbal Behavior and Time Conception. Although applied to Brazil, the model applies to any cross-cultural exchange.

Building a Different Kind of Bridge: Teaching Business Writing in the Spanish Curriculum

Building a Different Kind of Bridge: Teaching Business Writing in the Spanish Curriculum

Providing practical advice along with take-away materials on tasks and model rubrics that educators can easily adapt to meet their own needs, this presentation focuses on ideas for infusing business writing into the language-for-business and the more traditional language curricula.

Business Case as a Lens to Examine Culture and Society

Business Case as a Lens to Examine Culture and Society

This paper presents the business language and culture instructions through business cases. In recent years, utilizing business cases in business language education has been promoted in the United States. One of the benefits of using business cases is the fact that cases can fulfill the needs of language learners by providing opportunities to explore culture and specific business concepts, as well as consolidating their linguistic skills; business cases’ richness in culture can help learners develop transcultural competencies.

Corpus-informed teaching of ESP vocabulary in an introductory Engineering course

Corpus-informed teaching of ESP vocabulary in an introductory Engineering course

The presenters will introduce various types of vocabulary which might be targeted in an ESP course, including semi-technical and specialized words, and how those vocabulary types can be identified and selected. Next, the presenters will discuss and illustrate how different aspects of word knowledge can be taught using corpus-based tools.

Designing and Teaching a Second-Semester Course in Business French: What to Do Next?

Designing and Teaching a Second-Semester Course in Business French: What to Do Next?

Teaching a first semester course in business French at the advanced level has now become quite straightforward. However, the transition to a second-semester course still presents many challenges. How far can we, French faculty, go into the teaching of business without further business expertise or field experience of our own? What are the skills that we should be looking to enhance in our students at that level? I will address some of those issues, and explore possible avenues into designing a rich and relevant content-based second-semester course in business French.

Keys to Understand The Diplomatic Function of Interpreters at the United Nations

Keys to Understand The Diplomatic Function of Interpreters at the United Nations

The entwined professionalization of diplomats and interpreters started after World War II, with the introduction of a new technology for simultaneous interpreting in the Nuremberg Trials of 1945-1946. This presentation examines the claim that a new technology, this time of remote interpreting, makes today the diplomatic immunities of interpreters obsolete.

Principles and Theory behind “The Seven Keys to Communicating in Brazil: An Intercultural Approach”

Principles and Theory behind “The Seven Keys to Communicating in Brazil: An Intercultural Approach”

The presentation will be posted on a publicly shared Padlet wall, including links, photographs, and summary handouts. The audience will participate in a brief demonstration of the LESCANT Approach to Intercultural Communication and a sampling of photographs, from Brazil, that exemplify the model.

Tailoring a Spanish Major for LSP

Tailoring a Spanish Major for LSP

This presentation, focused on the transition of the Spanish program at a small liberal arts college from a traditional Spanish major to a new major geared towards LSP, will discuss the requirements of our proposed Spanish for the Workplace major and the specifics of a 300-level Spanish for the Workplace – Healthcare course.

Taking Action: Next Steps in Supporting an LSP-Dominant Future

Taking Action: Next Steps in Supporting an LSP-Dominant Future

This interactive session will leverage the perspectives of three panelists representing strategic components necessary to further develop the LSP ecology: the language center (facilities), the human capital (instructor professional development) and heritage learners (students). Live polling and Q&A will be used to capture audience perspectives and to establish action items.

The Plain Language Game: Implementing health literacy improvements for healthcare professionals in 30 minutes or less

The Plain Language Game: Implementing health literacy improvements for healthcare professionals in 30 minutes or less

The Plain Language Game and its parent tool, The Plain Language Planner for Palliative Care, is built for physicians, nurses, social workers, and chaplains. The Spanish content of The Plain Language Game is well-suited for brief training sessions within academic settings, healthcare systems, palliative care fellowship programs, and continuing education opportunities.

Theoretical Underpinnings and Practical Application: Spanish for the Professions at ASU, a Case Study

Theoretical Underpinnings and Practical Application: Spanish for the Professions at ASU, a Case Study

The 1980s started to see promising teaching and research in LSP in the United States, which was significantly increased by 1990s and 2000s. This presentation will focus on some salient research in Spanish for Specific Purposes and will share an example of Spanish for the professions course offered at Arizona State University.

They won’t talk to me! The Case for an Effective Wholly Online Advanced Business Spanish Course

They won’t talk to me! The Case for an Effective Wholly Online Advanced Business Spanish Course

This presentation will discuss rationale and benefits of moving a traditional in-class 300-level Business Spanish course into the wholly online environment. Presentation will also address the course’s recent certification by Quality Matters, a non-profit organization dedicated to quality assurance in online education.

Translation Studies, Language for Specific Purposes and Heritage Language Teaching: convergence, divergence and new directions

Translation Studies, Language for Specific Purposes and Heritage Language Teaching: convergence, divergence and new directions

Translation Studies, Language for Specific Purposes, and Heritage Language Teaching appear to have much in common, but they also differ in important, but not always clear ways. Moreover, concepts such as‘translation’ and ‘heritage speaker’, for instance, can be sources of confusion and multiple understandings among experts and generalists alike. This roundtable offers an opportunity to discuss and clarify conceptualizations about these fields, and to start to envision or design joint programs and avenues for collaboration at various levels, possibly moving toward a broad joint initiative that would include the perspectives from all three areas

Using videos to develop intercultural competence

Using videos to develop intercultural competence

The presenters will detail the benefits of using in-house videos to teach French business culture prior to a study abroad experience. The presentation will highlight the creation of the videos as well as their effectiveness based on an analysis of reflective essays written by study abroad participants.

Uzbek for Business Purposes: Addressing Students’ Learning Objectives

Uzbek for Business Purposes: Addressing Students’ Learning Objectives

Students learning Uzbek as a foreign language often face difficulties when they need to use it to write formal letters, bargain while shopping, and take part in official meetings. This presentation focuses on implementation of authentic materials in teaching Uzbek for Specific Purposes by addressing students’ learning objectives.

Voice vs. Text Chats: Their Effectiveness for Learning Probing Questions by Non-Native Speaking Nursing Students...

Voice vs. Text Chats: Their Effectiveness for Learning Probing Questions by Non-Native Speaking Nursing Students...

The session presents the findings of the study conducted during the online Communication in Nursing course for students in the Philippines. The research questions were: Which mode – voice or text – provides for better learning? Which mode is perceived by participants as more effective? Is there evidence of skill transfer from text to speech and vice versa?

Where’s the Community in Languages for Specific Purposes?

Where’s the Community in Languages for Specific Purposes?

During this roundtable discussion we will explore existing and potential connections between languages for specific purposes (LSP) and community—understood broadly as local language communities as well as the LSP community of practice. The majority of the session is devoted to dialogue between the discussants and the audience.