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Synchronous Online Language Teaching: A Reflection from Hong Kong

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This chapter shows how Chinese as a Second Language (CSL) education in a university in Hong Kong made use of both synchronous and asynchronous online teaching resources during the pandemic period. This chapter explained how this “experiment” influenced language teachers’ and students’ perceptions concerning synchronous online teaching mode in CSL. Before the pandemic, both teachers and students had reservations toward this teaching mode. Institutional supports, students’ views and teachers’ concerns were discussed. After its actual implementation, there was a paradigm shift of teachers’ and students’ expectations toward synchronous online teaching and blended teaching. Samples of synchronous CSL “classroom” activities were examined and showed the potential of synchronous CSL teaching and learning in the long run.

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  • Synchronous teaching
  • Online teaching
  • Teaching Chinese as a Second Language
  • Language teaching
  • Emergency Remote Teaching
  • Blended teaching

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A sample to show in-class chat conversations

09:03:15 Teacher to student A (PM) Hi, just reply your email. See if you need more explanation.
09:10:48 Student A to teacher (PM) Mgōi
09:41:06 Student B to teacher (PM) How do you say polite in Cantonese?
10:49:50 Teacher to student B (PM) yáuh láihmaauh 有禮貌= polite; móuh láihmaauh冇禮貌 = not polite
11:30:33 Student C to teacher (PM) Is there any meaning difference between gāmyaht móuh lohk yúh 今日冇落雨 vs gāmyaht móuh yúh lohk 今日冇雨落?
11:31:45 Teacher to student C (PM) gāmyaht móuh lohk yúh would mean “it didn’t rain today”
11:32:18 Teacher to student C (PM) gāmyaht móuh yúh lohk, I would translate as “there is no rain today”
11:32:26 Teacher to student C (PM) Good question!
11:33:32 Student C to teacher (PM) I see. so it’s slightly different when in use.
11:34:16 Teacher to student C (PM) Yes
11:34:41 Student C to teacher (PM) Thanks, and sorry one more thing. page 135 gam āam dihnwá móuh dihn ā ma! 咁啱電話冇電吖嗎! here gam is still meaning “so”?
11:35:16 Teacher to student C (PM) gam āam is “by coincident”
11:35:25 Teacher to student C (PM) Or “just”
11:36:09 Student C to teacher (PM) So here in this sentence, it’s coincident meaning?
11:36:38 Student C to teacher (PM) If you put just āam āam 啱啱instead, it would mean “just now I had no bettery?”
11:38:19 Teacher to student C (PM) Yes
11:40:36 Student C to teacher (PM) I see, yìhgā mìhng la. mgōi saai, Lóuhsī! (now I understand. thank you teacher!)

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Lee, Sl. (2022). Synchronous Online Language Teaching: A Reflection from Hong Kong. In: Liu, S. (eds) Teaching the Chinese Language Remotely. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-87055-3_10

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