• Class Number 9415
  • Term Code 3060
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Eve Chen
    • Dr Eve Chen
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 27/07/2020
  • Class End Date 30/10/2020
  • Census Date 31/08/2020
  • Last Date to Enrol 03/08/2020
    • Ying Zhang
SELT Survey Results

This course is a continuation of the work of Cantonese 1. It is designed to train students to acquire speaking and listening comprehension skills to an advanced level. Emphasis will be placed on practical conversations for daily use. Reading and listening may include materials about popular culture in Hong Kong and Guangdong. Comparison with Mandarin will also be part of the lectures. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Use an active vocabulary of around 4,000 items.
  2. Recognise and produce phrase and sentence structures to converse and write passages on topics regularly encountered in work, school and at leisure, with much vocabulary support through the use of dictionaries.
  3. Communicate spontaneously and with confidence in speaking and writing on such topics as: travel, relationships, medicine, law and order, banking and finance, the office, eating out, household affairs and leisure activities.
  4. Display a deep, broad understanding of Cantonese culture, including Cantonese cuisine, history, music, and art.

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 or to individuals.

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.

Other Information

Students enrolling in this course are assumed to have prior knowledge of Cantonese sounds and tones, an adequate amount of vocabulary and the ability to conduct basic conversations on everyday topics. Students who have not completed CHIN2024/6201 will need to seek permission from the course convenor to enrol.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Lecture: Introduction: Cantonese in the era of globalization None
2 Lecture: Cantonese diaspora and immigration None
3 Lecture: Kinship and interpersonal relationship Online quiz
4 Lecture: Housing and residence None
5 Lecture: Schooling and education Oral vlog assignment
6 Lecture: Mid-semester revision Online quiz
7 Lecture: Medical encounters Mid-semester oral test
8 Lecture: Law and order None
9 Lecture: Banking and finance Online quiz
10 Lecture: Profession and workplace Essay writing assignment
11 Lecture: Social affairs None
12 Lecture: End-of-semester revision None

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Class participation 10 % * * 1,2,3,4
Online quizzes 10 % * * 1,2,3,4
Oral vlog assignment 10 % 28/08/2020 18/09/2020 1,2,3,4
Mid-semester oral test 20 % 21/09/2020 02/10/2020 1,2,3
Essay writing assignment 10 % 16/10/2020 * 1,4
End-of-semester oral test 20 % * * 1,3,4
End-of-semester written test 20 % * * 1,2,3

* 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.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Class participation

Class participation is essential for this course. The weekly lectures are designed to introduce key language structures in Cantonese and important Cantonese cultural knowledge. The tutorial activities assist students in systematically consolidating the lecture content. Through active participation in the class activities, students can develop a routine in active Cantonese practice and cultivate the cognitive sense of language throughout the course. Class participation is judged not only through attendance but also engagement in class activities.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Online quizzes

There are altogether three online quizzes on Wattle throughout the semester. There will be one quiz released every three weeks. They are designed to help students consolidate and recap the learned language points. Each quiz will consist of 8-10 questions and should take less than 30 minutes to complete.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 28/08/2020
Return of Assessment: 18/09/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Oral vlog assignment

The oral vlog assignment asks students to discuss one topic relevant to the weekly themes. Students are required to investigate in the topic and present their findings orally with multimodal materials. The presentation should be submitted to Wattle as a vlog project. This assessment task allows students to practice on having elaborate discussion in Cantonese about topics that make links to the Cantonese culture and societies. An in-depth investigation also helps students contextualize their Cantonese language learning in actual cultural and social contexts. A rubric will be provided on Wattle.


Assessment Task 4

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 21/09/2020
Return of Assessment: 02/10/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Mid-semester oral test

The mid-semester oral test is an in-class oral presentation about a given topic. It's an individual presentation that should last 3-5 minutes. The mid-semester oral test assesses students' progressive communicative oral skills in Cantonese, raises students' awareness of their strengths and weaknesses in their Cantonese competence, and motivates students to adjust their learning strategies for the latter half of the semester. A rubric will be provided on Wattle.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 16/10/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,4

Essay writing assignment

This assessment task asks student to discuss one of the three given topics relating to Cantonese language, culture and society. It encourages students to develop an in-depth understanding of aspects of Cantonese language and culture in the era of globalization. A rubric will be provided on Wattle.

Assessment Task 6

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,3,4

End-of-semester oral test

The end-of-semester oral test will be a 2-minute speech about one of the five given topics, followed by an interview based on the speech content.

Assessment Task 7

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

End-of-semester written test

The end-of-semester written test asks students to complete translation tasks between Mandarin and Cantonese. Students are also required to complete a passage writing task in the test.

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

Where an assignment is submitted after the due date, students are penalised by five percent of the possible marks available for the assessment task per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

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.

Returning Assignments

Students will be able to receive results of online quizzes instantly upon completion. Feedbacks on oral exams will generally be returned in two weeks' time.

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).
Dr Eve Chen
02 6125 3207

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