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EAST2182 Cantonese for Mandarin Speakers 1

10 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Xiujing Liang

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

Native or near-native fluency in spoken and written Mandarin Chinese.

Students whose native language is not Mandarin Chinese must consult with the module leader to assess their suitability for this module. This module is not open to students who can already speak Cantonese. This module is mutually exclusive with EAST2180

This module is mutually exclusive with

EAST2180An Introduction to Cantonese 1

Module replaces


This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Learn to speak Cantonese! This module is designed for fluent Chinese speakers who want to learn how to communicate in oral Cantonese. It covers the pronunciation, tones, grammatical structure and vocabulary of Cantonese. Classes include conversation, role-play, and learning from audiotapes. You will be able to conduct basic conversations in Cantonese at the end of the course.


On completion of this module, students should be:
- familiar with the Cantonese pronunciation and tones;
- able to understand everyday language in Cantonese;
- aware of the fundamental differences between Cantonese and Mandarin syntax and vocabulary;


This module is designed for fluent speakers of Mandarin Chinese who want to learn how to communicate in oral Cantonese. It covers pronunciation, tones, vocabulary and grammatical structures. Role-play, audio / visual tapes and conversations are used to develop oral and aural skills in functional language for everyday situations.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Language Class102.0020.00
Private study hours80.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

10 x 2 hours preparation for classes (20 hours)
10 x 2 hours revision after classes (20 hours)
11 x 2 hours in Language Centre listening to audio tapes and watching suitable audio-visual materials (22 hours)
2 x 3 hours preparation for non-assessed aural tests (6 hours)
10 hours preparation for end of semester exam

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

2 aural tests (non-assessed)
aural and oral class participation

Methods of assessment

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Practical Exam / OSCE0 hr 20 mins100.00
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: 17/08/2023


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