- Code CHIN2024
- 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
- Academic career UGRD
- Eve Chen
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
First Semester 2022
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This course has been adjusted for remote participation in Semester 1 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions. On-campus activities may also be available.
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.
On successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to engage at an Introductory level of Cantonese.
Students with native speaker proficiency (may include cognate languages and dialects) must review the language proficiency assessment site and contact the CAP Student Centre for appropriate enrolment advice. Students with previous “language experience or exposure” are required to undertake a language proficiency assessment 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 undertake a language proficiency assessment 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 (10) [LO 1,3]
- Homework (10) [LO 2,3]
- Mid-semester oral test (25) [LO 3,4,5]
- End-of-semester oral test (25) [LO 2,3,4,5]
- End-of-semester written test (30) [LO 2,3,4]
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Workload130 hours in total for both in class time and independent study.
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