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Three Australian Innovations in Language Education for Business Purposes

Railton M Hill, Laura Ancilli, Laura Bregu Hougaz, Bruno Mascitelli, Tokuya Mizuno, Theresa Savage.


Amongst the strategic ‘pillars’ of Australia’s Swinburne University of Technology is a desire to embrace internationalisation. Three years ago a restructure of SUT’s school structure was undertaken to encourage this focus. The restructure placed language teaching within the School of Business, in an attempt to enhance the international focus of the business courses and to provide a fresh and unique focus for language teaching. The result is a highly distinctive blend of Asian and European focussed language programs with practical business teaching. This paper outlines innovative teaching that has developed in response to this challenge. It exposes a set of ‘language and culture’ curriculum innovations, overseas work experience opportunities that are incorporated within student courses, and interactive web-based reading and listening lessons for Japanese language acquisition.

Presenters

Railton M Hill  (Australia)
Senior Lecturer
School of Business
Swinburne University of Technology

Dr Railton Hill has worked in small business, broadcasting, and account management, in addition to his academic career. He has worked in TAFE, and in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research with Swinburne, La Trobe and Deakin universities, and with the Australian Graduate School of Management, UNSW.


Laura Ancilli  (Australia)
Lecturer
Department of Italian & Eurpoean Studies, School of business
Swinburne University of Technology

Laura Ancilli holds a BA with a Major in Linguistics from La Trobe University. She has recently joined Swinburne University as a Lecturer
in Italian Studies sponsored by the Cassamarca Foundation in Treviso, Italy. She is currently completing her Master in Business. Laura worked for six years as a broadcaster journalist for the Italian program at SBS
Radio.


Laura Bregu Hougaz  (Australia)
Senior Lecturer in Italian and European Studies
School of Business
Swinburne University of Technology

Laura Hougaz has been a Senior Lecturer at Swinburne University of Technology for 21 years . She has been instrumental in combining a successful Italian Studies program with European Union Studies. Her main interests have been in the areas of teaching of Italian language and culture, second language acquisition, curriculum design, Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) and more recently the Italian "business" language and culture. She has been the recipient of numerous government and university grants and has developed a Business Italian Interactive program which she has integrated into her teaching.


Bruno Mascitelli  (Australia)
Lecturer
School of Business
Swinburne University of Technology

Swinburne University of TechnologyBruno Mascitelli is a lecturer in Italian and European Union Business Studies within the School of Business at Swinburne University. Bruno graduated from Melbourne University in 1975 (B.Arts) and completed a Master in International Business at Swinburne University (2001). Bruno previously worked for the Australian Trade Commission for 17 years in Milan, Italy and for the U.S. Commercial Service in Melbourne for 2 years. His major responsibilities over these two decades was in conducting market research, business development and liasing with industry and government


Tokuya Mizuno  (Australia)
Lecturer
School of Business
Swinburne University of Technology

Tokuya Mizuno has worked in Japan as a training officer in the transport industry. In his current position as lecturer in Japanese language, he has developed a new subject called in Japanese for Business and Industry which focuses on Japanese business culture, including training for students who go to Japan to participate in the ‘Work Experience in Japan’ program


Theresa Savage  (Australia)
Lecturer
School of Business
Swinburne University of Technology

Theresa Savage has worked in education and training for many years, including 2 years experience in Japan. She has taught at all levels in the field of education, from kindergarten to postgraduate. She is currently lecturing in Japanese, Linguistics and International Business at Swinburne University and undertaking research at both Swinburne and LaTrobe universities

Keywords
  • Language teaching in business
  • Language curriculum
  • Japanese language teaching
  • Italian language teaching
  • Overseas work experience
  • Web-based teaching



(30 min Conference Paper, English)