CIBER Conference and Call for Papers, Florida International University

Ciber conference at Florida International University


Florida International University’s CIBER is proud to announce the Language for Business Conference: K-12 and Community College, new perspectives on developing a language for business course. The day and a half conference will be held in Miami, October 31st — November 1st at the Sofitel Hotel. The Conference has the support of consulates, language associations and cultural organizations and will bring editorial companies from throughout the world to Miami to showcase the materials to K-12 teachers and junior community college professors. We have chosen four language tracks—Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese and Japanese—concentrating on the most relevant languages taught in the classroom today.

The program will serve to instruct high school teachers and junior community college professors on the importance and necessity of incorporating aspects of Language for Business into the standard curricula. It will provide teachers and professors with materials and practical lessons on how to incorporate and develop a course in the K-12 curricula on Language for Business.
We would like to have your support in announcing this conference among your members as we look forward reaching out to teachers throughout the U.S.

Thanks to the generosity of our co-sponsors many travel grants are available for outside the area teachers.

If you need more information please do not hesitate to contact us at 305-348-1740 or visit our website at

Call for Papers

We welcome proposals that address various aspects of the 2008 conference’s overall theme: *Incorporating Languages for Business into the k-12 Curriculum*. The conference will explore how to equip students and educators with the linguistic, multicultural and pedagogical tools necessary to teach Languages for business in Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, and Portuguese in the K-12 and Junior College program of studies

Priority will be given to proposals which address the following themes:

(1) Business Language Instruction

” What is being done in the classroom

” Successful techniques

(2) Collaborations – on Campus and with the Private Sector

” Interdisciplinary cooperation

” Internships, Corporate partnerships, Study Abroad

(3) Expanding the Field

” Business language in k-12 and community colleges

Please limit your proposals to 200 words, and include the following information: (1) Name and institutional affiliation; (2) a short bio (approximately 50 words); (3) Title of paper; (4) Language of presentation (English is encouraged; target language is fine for language-specific sessions); and (5) goal(s) of the presentation.

Sessions will last one hour, with three presenters per session. Each presenter will have 15-20 minutes for the presentation.

*The DEADLINE for proposals is September 26. You will receive notice of the proposal decision by October 3.*

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