While English is a universal business language, acquiring and mastering a foreign language can often give professionals a competitive advantage when doing business abroad. Language competency can often be the gateway to understanding cultural and societal norms that a business person would otherwise not know. For these reasons, CIBER partners with the University of Maryland School of Language, Literature, and Culture (SLLC) to encourage Smith School undergraduates to enroll in language programs.
SLLC offers an array of programs in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish as well as programs that bring together language and business. If you are an undergraduate interested in learning more, please see the SLLC website or contact CIBER at CIBER@rhsmith.umd.edu.
This fall, SLLC is offering the following commercial language courses:
Commercial Spanish I
Prerequisite: SPAN301 and SPAN303; or permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department.
Business Spanish terminology, vocabulary and practices. Emphasis on everyday spoken and written Spanish. Readings and discussions of Spanish commercial topics. May include exposure to Spanish commercial topics. May include exposure to Spanish business environments.
Offered fall only.
MWF 10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.
MWF 11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.
MWF 1:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.
MWF 12:00 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
MWF 1:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.
Business Chinese I
Prerequisite: CHIN402; or permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department. And must have taken a placement interview offered by the department for Non-majors.
Conversation, reading, and writing applicable to Chinese business transactions, social meetings, and meetings with government organizations, plus background material in English on professional business practices and social customs associated with business.
MWF 3:00 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.
Other Business Language Opportunities
International Symposium for Languages for Specific Purposes (ISLSP) / CIBER Business Language Conference
The fourth ISLSP is hosted by the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida and the Centers for International Business Education and Research (CIBERs). The conference3 brings together educators, administrators, students, and language policy makers worldwide from all levels. The purpose of the conference is to share innovations and visions of a future where LSP is a standard and integral component of the curriculum. Individuals seeking knowledge on interdisciplinary curriculum design, LSP program development, LSP theoretical and applied research, and pedagogical approaches should attend.
To find out more information on the ISLSP conference taking place February 22-24, 2018 in Gainesville, Florida, please follow this link. For any questions related to UMD CIBER, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.