The Global Management Center at Brigham Young University recently awarded six business language professionals--including two teachers from BYU--individual grants of $500 to be used for attending upcoming business language conferences.
“We think these conferences will enhance their business language teaching skills and experience,” says Marlenne Hernandez, GMC business language specialist. The GMC awarded the grants based on diversity, experience, and interest in business language.
“We wanted to extend these opportunities to other institutions and give them the chance to improve their programs as well.” says Hernandez.
Recipients of the grant include Yan Zhang and Dorly Piske of the University of Wyoming, Yuka Tachibana of the University of Montana, Debora Ferreira of Utah Valley State College and Hans Kelling and Yvon Le Bras of BYU.
Kelling, a business language teacher of 10 years and professor of German and Slavic languages, will use the grant to attend a language and culture workshop at the University of Memphis, Tennessee in February.
“I need to learn what works well for other instructors so that I can improve my own courses,” says Kelling.
The Global Management Center is part of the Marriott School of Management. The center elevates international business within the school by internationalizing faculty, students and curriculum at BYU. It also facilitates global outreach with other universities, colleges and businesses in the region.
Nearly 15 percent of Marriott School students come from outside the United States and most of the faculty and students have lived abroad. Some 80 percent of students are bilingual, and more than 25 percent speak three or more languages fluently.
Writer: Lindsey Iorg