• 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 Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Ms Xiao Min Yu
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course CHIN6201
  • Offered in First Semester 2019
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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. 

Learning Outcomes

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills at an Introductory level of Cantonese to:
1. Recognise and pronounce all Cantonese initials, finals and nine tones in six distinct tone contours.
2. Use an active vocabulary of around 1,800 items.
3. Identify and produce practised phrase and sentence structures in colloquial Cantonese to conduct basic conversations, write sentences and simple paragraphs, and read simplified texts.
4. 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.
5. Display an understanding of cultural communication practices in family, at work places, and in living communities.

Other Information

This is a co-taught course. Any cap on enrolments in one course applies to both courses combined.

Indicative Assessment

Class participation (Q&A, active participation in the lectures/tutorials, role play, oral presentation and language games, etc.) (LO 1, 3) 10%

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.) (LO 2, 3) 10%

Mid-semester oral test (conversation for daily use- to be recorded.) (LO  3, 4, 5 )  25%

End-of-semester oral test (role play- to be recorded) (LO 2, 3, 4, 5) 25%

End-of-semester written test (translate Mandarin into Cantonese or Cantonese into Mandarin) (LO 2, 3, 4) 30%

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Workload

130 hours in total for both in class time and independent study. 

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed CHIN3023, or receive permission from the convenor. Incompatible with CHIN6201.

Majors

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and 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). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
4459 25 Feb 2019 04 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2019 31 May 2019 In Person

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