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Global Simulation for Business

Educating Global Entrepreneurs for Global Trade
dupuy.jpgProject Director: Dr. Beatrice Dupuy (U. Arizona) [In collaboration with CMES, CLAS and Department of Russian and Slavic Studies]

Description: Recent studies show that mainstream curricular approaches and materials with their generally linear, sequential, and formulaic approach to language and culture learning have proven to be ineffectual in supporting the development of communicative and intercultural competence.

Following the development of a global simulation for general purposes in Chinese, Russian, and Turkish during the 2006-2010 grant cycle and based on its adoption in select courses in the Russian and Turkish curricula, three global simulations for business will be developed in Chinese, Portuguese, and Russian. This project has 3 key purposes: 1) to create an integrative and immersive framework for teaching these 3 languages; 2) to make available materials that can help the East Asian, Spanish and Portuguese, and Russian and Slavic Studies Departments diversify their course offerings and appeal to undergraduate students with interests other than literary studies as recommended by the 2007 MLA report; 3) to give teachers of Chinese, Portuguese, and Russian for Business Purposes an alternative and experiential framework for teaching. Global Simulation (GS), a project-based learning approach, gives students integrated access to authentic input in the target language and culture, allows them to operate as if they were in the target culture and offers an environment where language, culture and literacy learning as a process can be emphasized.

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Past Projects (2006-2010)

Educating Global Citizens through Global Simulation

Project Director: Dr. Beatrice Dupuy (U. Arizona) [In collaboration with CMES and Department of Russian and Slavic Studies]

Description: This project will provide teachers of intermediate-level FL students with a systematic way of integrating Global Simulation (GS) into their instruction with the goal of promoting language and culture learning and critical thinking to better prepare their students to become global citizens. GS provides integrated access to authentic input in the target language and culture and allows students to operate as if they were in the target culture. The outcomes of this project will consist of: a handbook full of text-centered tasks and a companion website. Materials for GS in Turkish and Russian have been developed and piloted; Chinese materials are currently in production.

To request a free digital copy (PDF) of the Global Simulation Russian handbook (or to receive more information), email bdupuy@email.arizona.edu

Materials

For Global Simulation materials in Chinese, Russian and Turkish, click here.