• 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
  • Course convener
    • Dr Eve Chen
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2024
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This course is a continuation of Cantonese 1. Built on the fundamental Cantonese language skills taught and trained in Cantonese 1, Cantonese 2 is designed to cultivate students' Cantonese communicative skills to a high-intermediate to low-advanced level. The course emphasis will be placed on developing speaking skills in daily communication and enhancing competence in listening comprehension. Students will develop the abilities to engage in elaborate conversations, describe surroundings and activities, discuss featured topics, and express opinions in Cantonese. This course also aims to contextualize Cantonese learning in a global context, integrating the learning of language skills and cultural traditions of both the 'traditional' and the 'diasporic' Cantonese communities. Students are encouraged to develop an understanding of the Cantonese speech communities and have comprehensive discussions on social and cultural affairs relating to the Cantonese communities. Comparison and translation between Cantonese and Mandarin is also part of the course content. As Cantonese shares a character writing system with Mandarin Chinese (Putonghua) and the majority of the Cantonese lexicon are identical or similar to the Mandarin equivalents, the focus of this course is on the acquisition of more advanced lexical items and syntactical structures that are unique in Cantonese, including Cantonese proverbs, sayings and idioms. Students are expected to have mastered intermediate to advanced level of Chinese grammar, be able to recognize most of the frequently used Chinese characters, and have had some understanding of the lexical and syntactical variation between Cantonese and Mandarin.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Use an active vocabulary of Cantonese to communicate on familiar topics, including using common Cantonese figurative expressions.
  2. Demonstrate a high-intermediate to low-advanced proficiency in colloquial Cantonese.
  3. Communicate confidently on topics related to aspects of social life, such as social relationships, housing and accommodation , education, medical encounters, workplace activities, etc.
  4. Engage in elaborate discussions about current affairs and social issues with the help of Cantonese dictionaries and online resources.
  5. Develop a comprehensive understanding of the Cantonese cultural traditions and social values and their inter-connected nature to the Cantonese language.

Other Information

On successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to engage at an intermediate to advanced 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.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Class participation (active participation in lecture and tutorial activities including forum discussions) (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Online quizzes (2 quizzes throughout the semester, 5% each) (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. 3-minute Cantonese briefing (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Mid-semester spoken test (15) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  5. Vlog assignment (15) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  6. Oral report and poster showcase (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  7. End-of-semester spoken test (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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130 hours over the semester, including in-class time and independent study. 

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed CHIN2024 Cantonese 1, or have been permitted entry based on the results of your Cantonese language proficiency assessment (LPA).

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Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $5280
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8174 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person View

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