- Code CHIN2025
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Culture History and Language
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Chinese
- Areas of interest Asian Languages
This course is available for in-person and remote (online) learning. Remote (online) and in-person students participate in separate classes.
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Use an active vocabulary of around 4,000 items.
- 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.
- 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.
- Display a deep, broad understanding of Cantonese culture, including Cantonese cuisine, history, music, and art.
This is a co-taught course. Any cap on enrolments in one course applies to both courses combined.
On successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to engage at an Advanced level of Cantonese.
Students with native speaker proficiency (may include cognate languages and dialects) must review the placement test site and contact the CAP Student Centre for appropriate enrolment advice. Students with previous “language experience or exposure” are required to take a language placement test to ensure enrolment at the most appropriate level.
Relevant past experience includes:
- Previous study of the language (both formal and informal, for example but not limited to, at school, or, home, or through online activities, etc.)
- Being exposed to the language in childhood via a family member or friend
- Travel or living in a country where the language is spoken
- The language being spoken in your home (even if you do not speak it yourself)
Students who are not sure if they need to take a placement test should seek advice from the course or language convenor. Students who intentionally misrepresent their language proficiency level may be investigated under the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 as having failed to comply with assessment directions and having sought unfair advantage. This may results in a penalty such as reduced grades or failure of the course.
Students are not permitted to enrol in a language course below one that they have already successfully completed, except with permission of the language and/or course convenor.
- Class participation (Q&A, active participation in the lectures/tutorials, role play, oral presentation and language games, etc.) (10) [LO 1,2,3]
- Homework (watch Cantonese movies, listen to Cantonese songs, write some scripts for role play, and translate Cantonese into Mandarin or translate Mandarin into Cantonese, etc. Weekly homework is compulsory. Late submission is not permitted without prior permission.) (10) [LO 2]
- Mid-semester oral test (2 minute conversation for daily use- to be recorded.) (25) [LO 3]
- End-of-semester oral test (two people must role play for five minutes- to be recorded) (25) [LO 1,3,4]
- End-of-semester written test (translate Mandarin into Cantonese or Cantonese into Mandarin, in order to be able to understand popular culture in Hong Kong and Guangdong.) (30) [LO 1,2,4]
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Workload130 hours over the semester, including in-class time and independent study.
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