Functional Cantonese I for Students with Non-Chinese Backgrounds

Co-ordinator: Monica Jim
Monica Jim

Course Description

This is an innovative Cantonese course designed for English speaking students who have no knowledge of the Cantonese language. With a focus on speaking and listening skills, the course aims at building up participants’ proficiency and confidence in using Cantonese for daily communication. Through a communicative and functional approach, and the use of interactive activities and online learning, it will help participants to acquire vocabulary and basic structures in real-life situations.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will be able to

  • converse in Cantonese in everyday situations;
  • acquire knowledge of the Cantonese phonological and tonal systems; and
  • learn about elements of Chinese culture.


  • For students, enrolment details can be found here.
    For registration, click here.

Course Instructors

Monica Jim
Lee Hoi Ming
Crystal Chan

Course Materials

Handouts will be posted on Canvas.*

Supplementary Resources

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