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Nothing ventured, nothing gained : shadowing a Hong Kong person's work in Shanghai

Authors Tong, Sai Tao HKUST affiliated (currently or previously)
Issue Date 2000
Source 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
Summary 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. 本文以‘追蹤’一個香港會計師在上海一家中外合資公司工作的情況為研究方法,探討該名會計師在執行不同職務時所需要的各種普通話溝通能力。研究結果經過分析以後,可以為商務普通話教學在課程設計和教材編寫上提供初步指引。 本文首部份介紹‘追蹤’這一研究方法,探討如何通過‘如影隨形、貼身追蹤’去獲取研究資料。第二部份闡述研究過程,並就所得的資料進行深入分析。文章最後討論研究結果對商務普通話課程設計和教材編寫的啟示,並就如何運用‘追蹤’作為研究工具進行更深入的探討。
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