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Cantonese Lower Intermediate Course

Part of the range of Chinese language teaching courses and activites at SOAS Language Centre.

Duration: Three terms, with twelve weeks per term


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Mode of Attendance: Part Time

Part of the range of Chinese language learning courses and activities at SOAS Language Centre in London.

The course is designed to further develop the language skills in Cantonese based on the beginners course and continues to concentrate on developing the listening, spoken and reading skills of the course participants. By the end of the course, participants should be able to communicate freely in everyday situations, describe some events, and express their own ideas and views while engaged in discussion on a limited range of topics. The course introduces a further 220 characters and about 400 words (compared to the beginners course) over 36 weeks.

Both Cantonese and English are used as the language of instruction in class. The course is very much practice based, focusing on listening and speaking, with a balance between communicative activities, structure practice, grammar and reading. Homework is set each week and there will be regular informal assessment and an end-of-term exercise towards the end of the first term

Course participants will learn about 10 characters per lesson and are expected to spend at least 2-3 hours each week outside the class on preparation, homework and revision. Class size is normally limited to fifteen to allow intensive practice.

Entry requirements

Entry to the course is by assessment only. Applicants must contact the Language Centre to arrange for an assessment at least 3 weeks before the beginning of the term. Knowledge of basic Chinese grammar and approximately 600 characters is required.




In the first term, the course uses a textbook, Cantonese (A Complete Course For Beginners) written by Hugh Baker, the former professor of Cantonese at SOAS. The second and the third term use the study packs prepared by the Cantonese Teacher.


Classes will be held at the Bloomsbury or Kings Cross Campus of SOAS in central London on one evening a week or Saturday daytime. Participants receive 24 hours of language tuition over a twelve-week period (with additional weeks where public holidays displace a class session). 

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Timetables Autumn 2014

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Not a complete beginner?

If you are not a complete beginner, you will need to complete an assessment for course placement, allowing us to decide which course is right for you.

To apply for an assessment please complete our Needs Analysis Form (pdf; 187kb) and send to the relevant email inbox where a Course Officer will contact you for scheduling.

Course Fees and Discounted Rates

An overview of our Short Course Fees and Discounted Rates.

If you are eligible for a discount, you will not be able to complete your transaction on the Online Store. You will need to bring a paper Application Form (pdf; 462kb) , including your Staff/Student card for us to make a copy of, after which we can process your application at the discounted rate.

Returning students

If you are a returning student, you will have received a letter informing you of the procedures for rejoining prior to the start of the registration period. You can pay using any method indicated above. Returning students, if they are continuing onto the course indicated as the progression course, do not need to be assessed.