GEC Scenario #34: Foreign Expert

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You are a sales engineer employed by a U.S. supplier of equipment used for oilfield exploration. Your Chinese coworker Qin Li is about to give a technical brief to a prospective client based in Beijing. Qin is extremely knowledgeable about the technology being discussed, but at the last minute the client asks you to give the presentation since you are the “foreign expert.” How would you handle this situation?

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Citation: Jesiek, B. K. and Woo, S. E. (Eds.). (2018). GEC Scenario #34: Foreign Expert. Retrieved from

License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Nos. 1160455 and 1254323. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. We also acknowledge support for this work from Purdue's Center for Intercultural Learning, Mentorship, Assessment and Research (CILMAR).