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Department of the Languages and Cultures of China and Inner Asia

Chinese 305: Elementary Cantonese

Course Code:
155901228
Unit value:
1
Year of study:
Year 3, Year 3 of 4 or Year 4 of 4
Taught in:
Full Year
This course introduces spoken elementary Cantonese. It will cover the 26 lessons and approximately 1400 items of vocabulary in Hugh Baker & Pui-Kei Ho: Cantonese. A Complete Course for Beginners (London: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd., 2003).

Prerequisites

At least one year of intensive Mandarin Chinese. The course is intended primarily for students with a good grasp of Mandarin grammar.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

At the end of this course, the student should be able to hold a simple conversation in Cantonese and function adequately in standard social situations requiring the use of Cantonese.

Workload

Total of 20 weeks of teaching and 2 weeks revision with 3 hours classroom contact per week.

Scope and syllabus

At the end of this course, the student should be able to hold a simple conversation in Cantonese and function adequately in standard social situations requiring the use of Cantonese.

Method of assessment

One 2,500 word essay due on day 1 term 3 (20%). Mid-year oral examination (week 2, term2) 10 minutes duration (30%). End of year oral (week 3, term 3) 20 minutes duration (50%).

Suggested reading

  • Li, Charles N. & Sandra A. Thompson: Mandarin Chinese: A Functional Reference Grammar. Berkeley, Los Angeles, London: University of California Press, 1989
  • Matthews, Stephen & Virginia Yip: Cantonese: A Comprehensive Grammar. London: Routledge, 1994
  • Norman, Jerry: Chinese. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1988
  • Ramsey, S. Robert: The Languages of China. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1987