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Mon Sep 06 2010

Qs: Call for Participants: Research on Chinese Idioms

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        1.    Shu Pin Nall, Call for Participants: Research on Chinese Idioms

Message 1: Call for Participants: Research on Chinese Idioms
Date: 03-Sep-2010
From: Shu Pin Nall <shu_ping_nallhotmail.com>
Subject: Call for Participants: Research on Chinese Idioms
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Dear Friends,

My wife and I are working on a research paper that tries to discover
ways to help non-native Chinese speakers learn Chinese idioms
(specifically, idioms containing numbers) in more effective ways. We
are inviting people to participate in this study, which only requires
guessing (yes, simply guessing) the answers to 50 questions.

Basically, we are asking the participants to do the following three
(1) Play a guessing game: 50 multiple choice questions. There will be
four possible answers for each idiom. You can choose the answer you
think might best describe the idiom... (might take about 10 ~ 15
(2) Watch a PowerPoint presentation (or word document explanation)
on how Chinese number idioms work (might take about 15 ~ 20
(3) Play the exact same guessing game again (might take about 10 ~
15 minutes).

Basically, we will compare the result of the first and the last guessing
game and see if the PowerPoint presentation explanation helps the
participants guess the meanings with a higher accuracy rate. We are
interested in finding out whether a specific method of teaching Chinese
number idioms makes it easier for people to learn Chinese number
idioms. However, you don’t need to worry about that. The only things
you’ll do are steps 1 to 3 above.

Your participation in this study will help our research very much! To
participate, participants do not have to know any Chinese (and may not
ever plan to learn Chinese) or may have learned some Chinese
previously. If you would be interested in participating in this study,
please feel free to email us at: shu_ping_nallhotmail.com

If you know any students or anyone else who might help out, please
forward this to them.

Thank you so much and we appreciate your time and trouble!


Tim & Shu Pin

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin (cmn)

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