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Cantonese Beginners Course

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

The course aims to provide a thorough introductory course over three terms in basic Cantonese with the accent on practical spoken Cantonese including coverage of basic grammar and essential vocabulary. By the end of the course, students should be able to communicate within a limited range of situations, and recognise some common characters.


The course is taught in English and Cantonese and includes coverage of the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing and a good balance between understanding the systems of Cantonese grammar and vocabulary, developing the skills of comprehending and producing Cantonese 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.

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Mode of Attendance: Part-time

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3 terms, 10 weeks per term, 2 hours per week. Each term classes are subject to quorum requirements.




Course materials, if not supplied, are not included in the fee but can be purchased from SOAS bookshop Please see under the syllabus tab for course content and materials.

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