Cantonese Lower Intermediate Course
Duration: One-year course with 3 terms, 10 weeks per term, 2 hours per week
Mode of Attendance: Part-time
This 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.
The course is taught in English and Cantonese Language and includes coverage of the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing and a good balance between understanding the systems of Cantonese Language grammar and vocabulary, developing the skills of comprehending and producing Cantonese Language in speech and writing, guided practice in language usage and use and authentic communicative activities. Class size is limited to fifteen to allow intensive interactive practice with individual feedback and advice on progress.
MaterialsIn 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).
Language Centre How To Apply
You can enrol:
- online via our online store
- in person by filling out a form in the Language Centre
- by post by sending an Application Form (pdf; 462kb) to our office address
- Please read our Terms and Conditions before applying for a course
- We cannot accept cash payments under any circumstances
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.
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.