Collaborative Lesson Ideas
How Do They Do Business There?
Office Administration, Spanish (or any foreign language), World Geography
- Explore the business customs, body language, and mannerisms of other cultures.
- Develop an awareness of cultural diversity and business etiquette as it relates to conducting business in a foreign country.
Real World Application
Today’s business professionals must be able to communicate and conduct business with a global population. It is important to their success that they be knowledgeable and aware of business customs, body language, and mannerisms of other cultures.
- Computers with Internet access
- Poster board
- Paper, pen, and pencils
- Choose a country in which you are interested.
- Research the accepted business practices, manners, customs, and body language prevalent in the country.
- Interview by Internet, email, or by telephone an American member of the business community in the country to ask about his/her experiences in business.
- Design a graphic or a poster with a map of the country as the focal point and illustrate the types of businesses conducted.
- Present findings to the class, using the graphic/poster as the chief visual aid.
- After all presentations, the class decides on the fundamentals that any businessperson should know about any foreign country before conducting business there.
- Conduct a study of local businesses to determine the needs and attitudes of the area. Study how these needs and attitudes are reflected in company policy and guidelines.
- In collaboration with local businesses, develop a brochure for new employees that instructs them in the local customs and attitudes reflected in the business. This brochure could become a fundamental part of a new employee’s training.
Evaluation of Student Performance
Individual papers, brochures, and presentations should be evaluated on the basis of the teacher’s criteria.
Related Standards of Learning
English 9.1, 9.5, 10.1, 10.5, 11.1, 11.5, 12.1, 12.5
World Geography WG.4
This lesson plan submitted by Powhatan High School
Pat Orange, Business teacher
Victor Peña, Spanish teacher