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Ren, Guanxin – Babel, 2009
This article reports on a case study conducted in 2006-2007 which explores boys' motivation for choosing Chinese Second Language (CSL) as an elective in secondary school. The purpose of the study was to find out what factors encouraged or discouraged junior secondary school boys in their choice to continue CSL. 133 boys aged thirteen-fourteen…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Incentives, Motivation, Males
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Ren, Guanxin – Babel, 2007
Essay marking is a subjective intellectual exercise in which the score reliability can be influenced by many factors such as the test design, the marker's interpretation of the marking criteria, the procedure, and the method used in the marking process. After conducting a literature review this study investigated the reliability of essay marking…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Chinese, Reliability, Test Construction
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Ren, Guanxin – Babel, 2004
One of the difficulties secondary non-Chinese-speaking background (NCSB) learners are facing is to remember the characters learned in order to recall them when necessary. The traditional way of teaching secondary NCSB learners to remember Chinese characters is through mere repetition, e.g. writing out each single character by following its stroke…
Descriptors: Romanization, Foreign Countries, Chinese, Native Speakers
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Ren, Guanxin – Babel, 2003
Describes a personal journey in the teaching of languages other than english in the Australian tertiary context. Focuses on the approach known as independent deep learning and describes this in regard to the teaching of Modern Standard Chinese to non-Chinese speaking background learners. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Chinese, Foreign Countries, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning