Sino-Finnish E-Mail Project A Teaching Tool for Tertiary Business Communication Course

| September 30, 2004
Sino-Finnish E-Mail Project A Teaching Tool for Tertiary Business Communication Course

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Meiling Wang and Sirkku Aaltonen
ELT Department at Inonu University, Malatya, Turkey

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Meiling Wang
*Address: School of Economics, Shandong University, 27 Shanda Nanlu, Jinan, Shandong Province, P.R. China, 250100.
*Brief history of professional expertise: Associate professor of Business English at School of Economics, Shandong University. The author has taught College English, Business Communication, International Economics, International Business Negotiations. She received her M.A. degree in English-Chinese Translation Theory and practice program in 1992. Currently, she is writing her Ph.D. dissertation on Business communication teaching in China, in the English Department, Vaasa University, Finland.
Qualifications: M.A. and Associate Professor

Sirkku Aaltonen
*Address: University of Vaasa, PO Box 700, 65101 Vaasa, Finland
*Brief history of professional expertise: Professor of English at the University of Vaasa, Finland. The author has taught business English text analysis and business communication for many years, and more recently teaching translation theory and culture-related subjects. She completed her doctoral thesis on drama translation in 1996. Sirkku Aaltonen is the author of; Acculturation of the Other: Irish Milieux in Finnish Drama Translation, Time-Sharing on Stage, Drama Translation in Theatre and Society, and Knnetyt illuusiot, a collection of articles by Finnish theatre translators. She has also written several articles and conference papers on translation.

*Qualifications: Ph.D. Professor of English at the University of Vaasa, Docent (Reader) in English Translation Studies

Intercultural communication in contemporary business world relies increasingly on e-mail, the language of which is predominantly English. This should also be reflected in the contents of Business Communication courses. The present paper discusses a Sino-Finnish international e-mail pilot project conducted between university students. The project was made possible by a researcher/teacher exchange scheme, and it aimed to reform and improve Business Communication teaching. The paper first introduces the background to the international e-mail project, and this is followed by a progress report on the project implementation. In conclusion, the paper argues for the significance of project such as this, for teaching Business Communication in English and suggests improvements both for the implementation and follow up of the project. Its limited focus on the Chinese experience will be complemented in the future by an account of the Finnish experience.

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