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Cantonese Elementary Course

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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 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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