- Class Number 2404
- Term Code 3130
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Eve Chen
- Eve Chen
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 22/02/2021
- Class End Date 28/05/2021
- Census Date 31/03/2021
- Last Date to Enrol 01/03/2021
- Ying Zhang
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Recognise and pronounce all Cantonese initials, finals and nine tones in six distinct tone contours.
- Use an active vocabulary of around 1,800 items.
- Identify and produce practised phrase and sentence structures in colloquial Cantonese to conduct basic conversations, write sentences and simple paragraphs, and read simplified texts.
- 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.
- Display an understanding of cultural communication practices in family, at work places, and in living communities.
Staff FeedbackStudents 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 FeedbackANU 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.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|2||Greetings and Meeting New Friends|
|3||Getting Around||Online Quiz 1 Opens|
|4||Leisure and Going Out||Online Quiz 1 Due|
|5||Phone Calls and Appointments|
|6||Mid-semester Revision||Mid-semester Oral test at tutorials|
|7||Shopping and Bargaining||Online Quiz 2 Opens, Vlog assignment Due|
|8||Eating and Drinking||Online Quiz 2 Due|
|9||Weather and Seasons|
|10||Trips and Travels||Online Quiz 3 Opens|
|11||Cantonese Diaspora and End-of-Semester Revision||Online Quiz 3 Due|
|12||End-of-Semester Written Test||Essay Assignment Due|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Online quizzes||15 %||01/07/2021||*||2,3,4,5|
|Mid-semester oral test||15 %||01/04/2021||22/04/2021||2,3,4|
|Vlog assignment: One day out with friends/family||15 %||25/04/2021||09/05/2021||2,3,4,|
|Essay writing: Cantonese and the world||15 %||28/05/2021||11/06/2021||5|
|End-of-semester written test||15 %||01/07/2021||*||2,3,5|
|End-of-semester oral test||15 %||01/07/2021||*||2,3,4|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
PoliciesANU 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 RequirementsThe 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 AssessmentMarks 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.
Both lecturer and tutorial attendance are required for this course.
There are three formal examinations for this course: Mid-semester oral test, End-of-semester oral test, and End-of-semester written test. The end-of-semester oral test will be held during the exam period while the other two exams will be held during class time.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
Participation is not equal to 'Attendance'. The participation grade is given based on individual student's engagement in the course throughout the semester. Students are required to actively participate in class activities in both the weekly lecturer and the tutorial. They are also expected to complete self-learning tasks and their in-class performance should reflect the progress they have made by completing these tasks. Participation accounts for 10% of the final grade.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4,5
There are 3 online quizzes throughout the semester. Each quiz assesses content in the previous 2-3 weeks and consists of 10-15 questions. These online quizzes allow one attempt only and will open for 10 days across 2 weeks. Students are required to complete the quiz at their convenient time. Each quiz will account for 5% of the final grade.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4
Mid-semester oral test
The mid-semester oral test will be held at tutorial times in week 6. Students will attend the test in pairs. The test includes prepared dialogue presentation and spontaneous Q&A. Students are tested at course content taught in weeks 1-6. This test accounts for 15% of the final grade.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4,
Vlog assignment: One day out with friends/family
This is a task that assesses students' oral skills. Students are asked to make a vlog in Cantonese that documents one day out with their friends or family. The are required to actively use language points they have learned so far. They should upload the vlog file on Wattle to submit the assignment. The assessment instructions will be available in week 5. Students will have week 6 and the mid-term break to finish the assignment.
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 5
Essay writing: Cantonese and the world
This is an essay assignment that asks students to write a reflective piece based on provided materials. It encourages students to explore and research aspects of the Cantonese culture and Cantonese diaspora and aims to cultivate a better cultural understanding of the community where the target language is spoken. Key concepts about the Cantonese diaspora are introduced in week 11 lecture. This assignment accounts for 15% of the final grade.
Assessment Task 6
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,5
End-of-semester written test
The written test is a 90 minutes test that covers all taught content in the course. Question types may include multiple choice, blank filling, short-answer questions, sentence making, and translation. The written test is held on site for students on campus, and digitally for students attending through remote access. The test accounts for 15% of the final grade.
Assessment Task 7
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4
End-of-semester oral test
This test is an individual oral test including a semi-prepared speech and spontaneous Q&A. For preparation, students are given 4-5 speech topics. They need to prepare for each topic and will be asked to delivery a speech on one of the topics during test time. The speech delivery will be followed by spontaneous Q&A with questions extended from the topic. The final oral test accounts for 15% of the final grade.
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Sociolinguistics, Cantonese and Cantonese diaspora, Cantonese-influenced Englishes