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German Language Proficiency among Students of Business and Management in the Czech Republic and its Perception

ZINECKER, M. KONEČNÁ, Z.

Original Title

German Language Proficiency among Students of Business and Management in the Czech Republic and its Perception

English Title

German Language Proficiency among Students of Business and Management in the Czech Republic and its Perception

Type

journal article

Language

en

Original Abstract

This paper presents the results of an empirical study designed to map German language proficiency among students at Czech universities of business and management. The results of this empirical survey can be summarised as follows. First, the ability of students at Czech universities of business and management to communicate in German is poor, and exceeds the general German language proficiency of the Czech population only to an insignificant extent. Second, the school environment (the opportunity to learn the language, compulsory subject, language study motivation) has a decisive influence on the respondents ability to communicate in German. Third, nearly three-quarters of the respondents perceive German as a language that is very or rather important for their profession and career growth. Fourth, almost two-thirds of the respondents consider the role played by a university of business and management in the improvement of German language proficiency rather or very important. In conclusion, the study proposes directions for the potential development of the national educational system in the area of German language proficiency of university graduates in business and management in the Czech Republic, with an emphasis on the concept of content and language integrated learning (CLIL).

English abstract

This paper presents the results of an empirical study designed to map German language proficiency among students at Czech universities of business and management. The results of this empirical survey can be summarised as follows. First, the ability of students at Czech universities of business and management to communicate in German is poor, and exceeds the general German language proficiency of the Czech population only to an insignificant extent. Second, the school environment (the opportunity to learn the language, compulsory subject, language study motivation) has a decisive influence on the respondents ability to communicate in German. Third, nearly three-quarters of the respondents perceive German as a language that is very or rather important for their profession and career growth. Fourth, almost two-thirds of the respondents consider the role played by a university of business and management in the improvement of German language proficiency rather or very important. In conclusion, the study proposes directions for the potential development of the national educational system in the area of German language proficiency of university graduates in business and management in the Czech Republic, with an emphasis on the concept of content and language integrated learning (CLIL).

Keywords

Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL), German Language Proficiency, Students of Business and Management, Foreign Language Training at Universities

RIV year

2014

Released

30.09.2014

Publisher

European Association Comenius

Location

Brno

Pages from

173

Pages to

200

Pages count

27

URL

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BibTex


@article{BUT109703,
  author="Marek {Zinecker} and Zdeňka {Konečná}",
  title="German Language Proficiency among Students of Business and Management in the Czech Republic and its Perception",
  annote="This paper presents the results of an empirical study designed to map German language proficiency among students at Czech universities of business and management. The results of this empirical survey can be summarised as follows. First, the ability of students at Czech universities of business and management to communicate in German is poor, and exceeds the general German language proficiency of the Czech population only to an insignificant extent. Second, the school environment (the opportunity to learn the language, compulsory subject, language study motivation) has a decisive influence on the respondents ability to communicate in German. Third, nearly three-quarters of the respondents perceive German as a language that is very or rather important for their profession and career growth. Fourth, almost two-thirds of the respondents consider the role played by a university of business and management in the improvement of German language proficiency rather or very important. In conclusion, the study proposes directions for the potential development of the national educational system in the area of German language proficiency of university graduates in business and management in the Czech Republic, with an emphasis on the concept of content and language integrated learning (CLIL).",
  address="European Association Comenius",
  chapter="109703",
  doi="10.2478/danb-2014-0010",
  institution="European Association Comenius",
  number="3",
  volume="5",
  year="2014",
  month="september",
  pages="173--200",
  publisher="European Association Comenius",
  type="journal article"
}