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Doing Business in a Chinese Way – New edition of Business Chinese: 20 Essential Topics

By  Sophie Guo

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Teaching business Chinese can be daunting: you have to be equipped with the knowledge of business, and you have to teach the language at the same time, just like other language tutors. Harmer (2007)[i] suggests five roles of teachers: controller, prompter, participant, resource and tutor. I would add a sixth role for teachers of business Chinese: A learner: they spend so much time learning the specialised knowledge about business when preparing for the classes, and in class they are still prepared to learn from their students who often know more about business than themselves.

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