Functional Cantonese I for Students with Non-Chinese Backgrounds

Co-ordinator: Monica Jim
Monica Jim

Course Description

This is an innovative Cantonese course designed for English speaking students who have no knowledge of the Cantonese language. With a focus on speaking and listening skills, the course aims at building up participants’ proficiency and confidence in using Cantonese for daily communication. Through a communicative and functional approach, and the use of interactive activities and online learning, it will help participants to acquire vocabulary and basic structures in real-life situations.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will be able to

  • converse in Cantonese in everyday situations;
  • acquire knowledge of the Cantonese phonological and tonal systems; and
  • learn about elements of Chinese culture.


  • For students, enrolment details can be found here.
    For registration, click here.

Course Instructors

Monica Jim
Lee Hoi Ming
Crystal Chan

Course Materials

Functional Cantonese I. Center for Language Education, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 2014. Available at the University Bookshop.

Supplementary Resources