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|Title: ||Nothing ventured, nothing gained : shadowing a Hong Kong person's work in Shanghai|
|Authors: ||Tong, Keith S. T.|
|Keywords: ||Curriculum design|
|Issue Date: ||2000 |
|Citation: ||Changing languages : language education in the era of transition. Edited by Y. O. Mak and Merry M. L. Keung. Hong Kong : Language Centre, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, c2000.|
|Abstract: ||The author of this paper reports on a qualitative research exercise carried out to inform the curriculum design and materials writing for Putonghua teaching. A Hong Kong person working for a joint-venture company in Shanghai was shadowed in his work environment for two consecutive days. Field notes were written and tape-recordings were made of some of the conversations which took place. An in-depth analysis was then carried out to provide insights and guidelines for the design of Putonghua courses and learning materials.
The paper first provides background information on why the 'shadowing' method was chosen for the context in question. The next section describes the conditions in which the research was conducted; the findings of the exercise are then presented and their implications discussed. The final section provides an evaluation of the experiment and a discussion of issues related to the use of the 'work shadowing' method for research purposes.
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