This is a Chinese e-commerce website that specifically generates round-the-clock domestic and global news on information technology (IT). It includes information on government policies, new electronic products, business markets, stock market changes, etc.
Type of Material:
Students majoring in business and economics, international studies and policies, Chinese or Asian studies, information technology, etc., as well as individuals who are interested in the most recent IT developments in China, and those who are doing business in or with China.
Latest versions of Web browsers with Chinese character displays, and high-speed DSL recommended.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
To be informed of the most recent developments of Chinas information technology. This website is for real business purposes, and not for business language learning. However, advanced Chinese language learners, especially those who are also business majors, can take advantage of the site by reading authentic news and information in the real business world.
Target Student Population:
Students with advanced and superior proficiency level of Chinese who wish to learn content-based language use in the real business world. The authentic materials and updated reports on Chinas newest IT developments serve as useful and practical learning resources.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Students need to have at least three years of college Chinese to fully utilize the resources in this site. Additionally, those who have taken courses related to Chinese or international business will benefit much from this site.
The site provides authentic business materials in Chinese. The materials are well categorized so that instructors can select specific topics that correspond to classroom instruction. It covers a wide variety of news on information technology for small to middle size businesses.
There is too much information for language learners. Contents are very diverse and constantly changing, which could be challenging and impractical to use for regular instruction. Careful planning by the instruction is highly recommended, e.g., creating a vocabulary list, providing study guides, pre-discussing assigned topics, etc.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This site provides the most updated IT news and products that can be an effective teaching tool for relevant students mentioned above. There are a variety of topics which expose students to diverse business vocabulary and technical terms. Additionally, news reports in this site can benefit students of newspaper Chinese to learn authentic language used in e-news. The site can also serve as a resource for research projects.
The site is not designed for teaching-learning purposes, and it could be quite overwhelming for first-time users. Users not only need to have an advanced or superior level of language proficiency, but also be familiar with business and newspaper Chinese language.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Any first-time users with at least an advanced level of proficiency could find this site informative and rich in contents that are easy to find. The menu in the left bar is well organized. Additionally, there is a search engine for more specific information. Each category is headed by a clear title in red and in bigger print. All links appear to be functional and self-explanatory. Each of them leads to a new window.
Although the site is typical of an e-commerce site, it could be overwhelming for first-time users and/or Chinese language learners. They might have a difficult time finding the information they need due to the large number of links, in addition to various advertisements and animations, all within the same page.
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