From World Class Learners to World Class Entrepreneurs: The Centrality of Language Learning in (Cultural) Entrepreneurship Education
Monday, April 21, 2014 12:20-1:10 p.m. Nolte 140
This presentation focuses on the centrality of foreign and/or indigenous language instruction in today's education of entrepreneurship students that seek to enter an increasingly creative economy. We make the argument that the learning and practice of a second language must be at the beginning of any business and entrepreneurship program, be it in a K-12 context or post-secondary education. Why? Because language learning and immersion, as research has shown, significantly increases cognitive ability, economic competitiveness and most importantly, creativity. Strong creative skills are the foundation of entrepreneurship, and entrepreneurial thinking in turn boosts innovation on a global scale, if communicated in multiple languages. Students who seek to be entrepreneurs need the transferable global skills that the knowledge of a foreign language provides, not only to communicate globally, but to think globally and creatively. Thus, knowledge of more than one language can have a multiplier effect that increases both creativity and entrepreneurial skills.
Presenters: Dr. Olaf Kuhlke is Associate Professor of Geography and Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota Duluth. He introduced cultural entrepreneurship to UMD and with Michael Mullins, currently serves as the founding director of the Cultural Entrepreneurship BA Program at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
Michael Mullins is an Instructor in the Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literatures in the German Studies Program. He serves as the Program Director of the Cultural Entrepreneurship BA Program. Michael graduated from UM Twin Cities in 1990 with an M.Ed. dual degree in Second Languages and Cultures and English as a Second Language.
This presentation is cosponsored by CIBER--Center for International Business Education and Research--in the Carlson School of Management.
Abby W. Pinto
Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), Carlson Global Institute
Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota