• Class Number 8174
  • Term Code 3460
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Eve Chen
    • Dr Eve Chen
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/07/2024
  • Class End Date 25/10/2024
  • Census Date 31/08/2024
  • Last Date to Enrol 29/07/2024
SELT Survey Results

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.

Required Resources

Teaching material of the course combines contents from a few Cantonese textbooks and authentic resources produced by the lecturer. Types of learning resources include Cantonese texts, audio recordings, and videos. Teaching material in PDF and other audio or visual formats are provided on Wattle under each weekly topic. There is no need to purchase textbooks.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups or to individuals.

Student Feedback

ANU 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.

Other Information

Students enrolling in this course are assumed to have had prior knowledge of Cantonese sounds and tones, an adequate amount of vocabulary and the ability to conduct basic conversations on everyday topics. Students who have not completed CHIN2024 will need to seek permission from the course convener to enrol.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Lecture 1: Course introduction and a recap on Cantonese 1 None
2 Lecture 2: Cantonese diaspora and immigration Weekly 3-minute Cantonese news briefing
3 Lecture 3: Kinship and interpersonal relationship Weekly 3-minute Cantonese news briefing
4 Lecture 4: Housing and residence Weekly 3-minute Cantonese news briefing
5 Lecture 5: Schooling and education Online quiz 1 opens, vlog assignment opens, Weekly 3-minute Cantonese news briefing
6 Lecture 6: Mid-semester revision Mid-semester spoken test, Online quiz 1 due, Weekly 3-minute Cantonese news briefing
7 Lecture 7: Medical encounters Vlog assignment due (by the end of the teaching break), Weekly 3-minute Cantonese news briefing
8 Lecture 8: Law and order Weekly 3-minute Cantonese news briefing
9 Lecture 9: Banking and finance Oral report and poster assignment opens, Weekly 3-minute Cantonese news briefing
10 Lecture 10: Profession and workplace Weekly 3-minute Cantonese news briefing
11 Lecture 11: Final revision Weekly 3-minute Cantonese news briefing, Online quiz 2 opens
12 Class assessment activity: Oral report and poster showcase Online quiz 2 due, Final spoken exam

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Class participation 10 % * * 1,2,3,4
3-minute news briefing in Cantonese 10 % * * 1,2,3,4
Online quizzes 10 % * * 1,2,3,4
Mid-semester spoken test 15 % 28/08/2024 11/09/2024 1,2,3
Vlog assignment 15 % 15/09/2024 06/10/2024 1,2,3,4
Oral report and poster assignment 20 % 22/10/2024 13/11/2024 1,2,3,4
Final spoken exam 20 % * * 1,2,3

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU 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 Requirements

The 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 Assessment

Marks 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 lecture and tutorial attendances are required. Students are expected to actively engage in class activities of various forms.


Students are required to attend two oral examinations respectively in the middle and by the end of the semester. Examinations constitute 35% of the final grade in total. There is no hurdle assessment for the course. Students will be assessed comprehensively through a diverse collection of course assignments as listed above.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Class participation

Class participation is essential for this course. Both lecture and tutorial attendances are mandatory. The weekly lectures are designed to introduce key language structures in Cantonese and important Cantonese cultural knowledge. The tutorial activities assist students in systematically consolidating the lecture content. Through active participation in the class activities, students can develop a routine in active Cantonese practice and cultivate the cognitive sense of language throughout the course. Class participation considers both lecture and tutorial attendances, Echo 360 interactive activities, and in-person class performance. Participation constitutes 10% of the final grade.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

3-minute news briefing in Cantonese

This is a weekly group presentation given by students at the beginning of each tutorial. Students will be asked to form pairs or groups of three (depending on the enrollment number) in Week 1. Every week from week 2 to week 11, one group will prepare a topic of their interest on a current affair that happened in the Cantonese-speaking world in the previous week, and discuss it with the class in a 3-minute Cantonese oral presentation. Each student only joins one group and each group only presents once during the semester. This assessment constitutes 10% of the final grade. Students will be assessed based on their Cantonese speaking skills, their understanding of and critical reflection on the news content, and overall meaning making. A rubric will be provided on Wattle.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Online quizzes

There are two Wattle quizzes throughout the semester. Quiz 1 tests on the class content from week 1 to week 5. Quiz 2 tests on the class content from week 7 to week 11. Quiz questions include multiple choice, sentence making, blank filling, translation, short passage writing, etc. They are designed to help students consolidate and recap the learned language knowledge. The assessment constitutes 10% of the final grade, with each quiz accounts for 5%.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 28/08/2024
Return of Assessment: 11/09/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Mid-semester spoken test

The mid-semester oral test takes in the form of improvisational role play. The purpose of the test is to assess students' ability to communicate in spoken Cantonese in a spontaneous communicative setting that resembles daily speaking context.The mid-semester oral test assesses students' progressive communicative oral skills in Cantonese, raises students' awareness of their strengths and weaknesses in their Cantonese competence, and motivates students to adjust their learning strategies for the latter half of the semester. A rubric will be provided on Wattle. The mid-semester oral test constitutes 15% of the final grade.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 15/09/2024
Return of Assessment: 06/10/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Vlog assignment

The vlog assignment is an individual task. It asks students to discuss one topic related to the weekly themes of the course. Students are required to investigate the topic and produce a vlog to present their opinions and perspectives. This assessment task allows students to practise on having elaborate discussions in Cantonese about familiar topics. An in-depth investigation also helps students contextualize their Cantonese language learning in actual cultural and social contexts. A rubric will be provided on Wattle. This assessment accounts for 15% of the final grade.


Assessment Task 6

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 22/10/2024
Return of Assessment: 13/11/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Oral report and poster assignment

This assessment asks students to work in pairs and investigate one topic related to Cantonese language, society and culture. Students will make a poster and prepare an oral report based on their research on the chosen topic. They will submit a video-recorded copy of the report and present their findings orally through a poster showcase and Q&A activity in class in Week 12. This is an assessment that encourages students to apply their Cantonese knowledge to research activities and develop an in-depth understanding of Cantonese language, society and culture. It also trains students in making both prepared speeches and prompt speeches in Cantonese.The assessment constitutes 20% of the final grade. A rubric will be provided on Wattle.

Assessment Task 7

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Final spoken exam

In the final oral exam, students will form groups of four. Each group will watch one short Cantonese video selected randomly from a collection of multiple videos about a topic relevant to the weekly themes discussed in the course, then they will be asked individually short-answer questions about the video content, express their opinions on a relevant aspect and have a spontaneous 2-minute debate in the group on a relevant argument. This test assesses students' comprehensive oral skills in Cantonese and their ability to make use of the learned structures to fulfill complex oral tasks. The final oral exam constitutes 20% of the final grade.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The ANU uses 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. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Where an assignment is submitted after the due date, students are penalised by five percent of the possible marks available for the assessment task per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Students will be able to receive results of online quizzes instantly upon completion or when manual marking is complete. Feedback on other assignments will generally be returned in two to three weeks' time.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information. In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service — including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy. If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
Dr Eve Chen
02 6125 3207

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Dr Eve Chen

Tuesday 12:00 13:00
Tuesday 12:00 13:00
Dr Eve Chen
02 6125 3207

Research Interests

Dr Eve Chen

Tuesday 12:00 13:00
Tuesday 12:00 13:00

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