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EAST2180 An Introduction to Cantonese (1)

10 creditsClass Size: 25

Module manager: Xiujing Liang

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

Successful completion of East Asian Studies Chinese language year abroad in China. Students on a Joint Honours programme with Chinese may only take this module in Level 2. This module is not open to students who can already speak everyday Cantonese.

This module is mutually exclusive with

EAST2181Cantonese for Native Chinese Speakers I

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Learn to speak basic Cantonese! The module covers the pronunciation, tones, grammar and vocabulary of Cantonese. Classes include dialogue, role-play, and learning from audiotapes. You will be able to conduct simple conversations in Cantonese at the end of the course. Suitable for non-native speakers of Chinese.


On completion of this module, students should:
- have mastered the pronunciation, tones and the basic sentence patterns of Cantonese;
- be able to conduct simple situational dialogues in Cantonese;
- be aware of some fundamental differences between Cantonese and Mandarin syntax and vocabulary;


The module is designed for students who have attained a good level of spoken and written Mandarin Chinese following successful completion of the Year Abroad in China. It covers the pronunciation, tones, basic grammar and vocabulary of Cantonese. Dialogues, role-play and audio tapes are used to develop oral and aural skills for everyday situations.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Language Class201.0020.00
Private study hours80.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

2 hrs per week listening to tapes (20 hrs)
2.5 hrs per week preparation and review of classes (25 hrs)
10 hrs exam preparation

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Practical contributions to class conversation and discussions

Methods of assessment

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Practical Exam / OSCE0 hr 15 mins70.00
Practical Exam / OSCE1 hr 00 mins30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:39:00


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