SOAS University of London

China & Inner Asia Section, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures

Ch 305: Elementary Cantonese

Module Code:
155901228
Credits:
30
FHEQ Level:
5
Year of study:
Year 3, Year 3 of 4 or Year 4 of 4
Taught in:
Full Year
This module 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 module is intended primarily for students with a good grasp of Mandarin grammar.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

At the end of this module, 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 with 3 hours classroom contact per week.

Scope and syllabus

At the end of this module, 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 (20%)
  • Mid-year oral examination of 10 minutes duration (30%)
  • End of year oral of 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

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