Cantonese for Chinese Language Background Students I

Spring 2021 (3 credits)

Co-ordinator: Monica Jim
Monica Jim

Course Description

This is a credit-bearing Cantonese course for UST undergraduates of Chinese language background who are beginners in the learning of Cantonese. It will equip students with the Cantonese proficiency and communication competence necessary for living and networking in Hong Kong as well as a fast integration into the local culture. The learning activities involve developing students’ listening and speaking skills in an attempt to build learners’ confidence and fluency in using Cantonese for daily communication.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Students will develop the ability to use Cantonese to communicate appropriately and effectively. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. acquire knowledge of the Cantonese phonological and tonal systems;
  2. achieve basic communicative tasks in listening and speaking in a range of contexts;
  3. understand basic Cantonese grammar for effective oral communication;
  4. recognize differences between Cantonese and Putonghua in lexical and syntactic choice;
  5. demonstrate interest in and appreciation of Cantonese culture, and show cross-cultural awareness.

Course Contents

  • Greeting and getting to know each other
  • Talking about self and others
  • Asking for and giving personal information
  • Exchanging phone numbers and making phone calls
  • Telling the time and date
  • Talking about schedules and timetables
  • Making appointments
  • Ordering food and drinks
  • Going places
  • Talking about likes, dislikes, interests and hobbies
  • Asking for prices and bargaining
  • Basic knowledge of Cantonese Phonology
  • Recognizing frequently used Chinese characters and phrases
  • Knowing the differences between Cantonese and Putonghua in lexical and syntactic choice

Course Assessment Scheme

% of course work
Due Date
Assessment 1

Listening & Speaking

Recorded speech

20% Week 8
Assessment 2

Project Writing

Research report (1000 words)
Group presentation

20% Week 13
Assessment 3

Listening & Speaking

Individual presentation (1 min)
Dialogue with instructor (2 mins)

30% Week 13
Listening assignments

Listening &

Submit the completed listening assignments on Canvas etc.

10% Throughout the semester
Speaking assignments

Listening &

Participate in the discussions and speaking assignments on Canvas by submitting recording, giving feedback, answering questions raised by other students, etc.

10% Throughout the semester

Punctuality, preparation, initiative, participation, etc.

10% Throughout the semester

*Students are expected to participate actively in class and to achieve at least 80% attendance. Otherwise, students will fail the course.

Course Instructors

Course leader: Monica Jim
Instructors: Monica Jim
Lee Hoi Ming
Crystal Chan

Course Materials

Handouts will be posted on Canvas.


The Center for Language Education offers both credit-bearing and non-credit-bearing Cantonese courses.

To know more about the differences between LANG1133 (credit-bearing) and Practical Cantonese I (non-credit-bearing), please refer to the FAQs.