As world economies become more connected, it is increasingly important to prepare students with language and cultural skills necessary to work on internationally diverse teams within the US or abroad. Since the use of language and culture for the workplace has not been a traditional focus in coursework, professional development for foreign language teachers must expand to include best practices, resources, and program models that develop globally competent citizens for twenty-first-century careers. This article describes the model created by the Florida Foreign Language Association (FFLA) and the Network of Business Language Educators (NOBLE) to infuse business language concepts, curriculum examples, and connections to local business leaders within an annual state conference. By sharing the design and implementation of this conference format, we hope to provide a professional development model that promotes the teaching and learning of language and culture skills with real-world business applications.
Risner, Mary E. and Markley, Linda
"The Business of Languages in the Classroom Today: A Model for K-12 Professional Development,"
Global Business Languages:
Vol. 18, Article 10.
Available at: http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/gbl/vol18/iss1/10