• Class Number 4459
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Xiao Min Yu
    • Xiao Min Yu
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/02/2019
  • Class End Date 31/05/2019
  • Census Date 31/03/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
SELT Survey Results

This course offers an introduction to Cantonese with an emphasis mainly on communicative ability and partly on comparison with Standard Modern Chinese. It is for students who have no or very limited prior knowledge of Cantonese language and may not be able to read Cantonese phonetics. At this level, students will study Cantonese pronunciation and how to initiate or respond to basic conversations in Cantonese in daily activities such as greetings, introductions, eating in and eating out.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Recognise and pronounce all Cantonese initials, finals and nine tones in six distinct tone contours.
  2. Use an active vocabulary of around 1,800 items.
  3. Identify and produce practised phrase and sentence structures in colloquial Cantonese to conduct basic conversations, write sentences and simple paragraphs, and read simplified texts.
  4. Converse on such topics as: personal encounters, family and friends, eating in and eating out, getting around, shopping, recreation, basic health care, fashion and education.
  5. Display an understanding of cultural communication practices in family, at work places, and in living communities.

Research-Led Teaching

·        Promoting students as active Cantonese learner 

·      Enhancing the research development of academics through teaching

Examination Material or equipment

No materials permitted

Watch Cantonese movies and Youtube lessons

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction
2 Encounters
3 Personal property
4 Family and friends
5 Eating in and eating out
6 Getting around Mid-semester oral test
7 Shops and markets
8 Blowing hot and cold
9 Fun and games
10 Health care for beginners
11 The world of fashion
12 Education for life End-of-semester oral test

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Class activities 10 % 31/05/2019 15/06/2019 1,3
Homework 10 % 31/05/2019 15/06/2019 2,3
Mid-semester oral test 25 % 03/04/2019 24/04/2019 3,4,5
End-of-semester oral test 25 % 29/05/2019 04/07/2019 2,3,4,5
End-of-semester written test 30 % 06/06/2019 04/07/2019 2,3,4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Students need to participate in 3 hours of lessons per week


Modify Assessment and Feedback

During week 4 and week 5 tutorials we will modify the mid-semester oral assessment and give individual feedback.

During week 10 and week 11 tutorials we will modify the final-semester oral assessment and give individual feedback.

Assessment marks will be returned to the students in the next teaching week after the assessment.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 31/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 15/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,3

Class activities

…  Q&A, active participation in lectures and tutorials, role play, oral presentation and language games, etc.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 31/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 15/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 2,3


Watch Cantonese movies, listen to Cantonese songs, write some scripts for role play, and translate Cantonese into Mandarin or translate Mandarin into Cantonese. Weekly homework is compulsory. Late submission is not permitted without prior permission.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 03/04/2019
Return of Assessment: 24/04/2019
Learning Outcomes: 3,4,5

Mid-semester oral test

Conversation for daily use- to be recorded. Week 6 during the tutorial, topic: 'Introduce Yourself'. (1-minute duration, about130 words)

Assessment Task 4

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 29/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4,5

End-of-semester oral test

Role play- to be recorded. Week 12 during the tutorial. Students need to choose a topic from week 1 to week 12 to do the role play. Duration:3-4minutes

Assessment Task 5

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 06/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4

End-of-semester written test

Translate Mandarin into Cantonese or Cantonese into Mandarin. Exam period: 1.5 Hours duration

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

No submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date will be permitted. If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date, a mark of 0 will be awarded.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information. In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service — including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy. If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
Xiao Min Yu

Research Interests

Cantonese Culture

Xiao Min Yu

Wednesday 09:00 16:00
Friday 16:00 18:00
Xiao Min Yu

Research Interests

Xiao Min Yu

Wednesday 09:00 16:00
Friday 16:00 18:00

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