Non-Credit Bearing Courses: Cantonese for English Background Learners (Level 1)

Cantonese for English Background Learners (Level 1)


Course Information:

This is a ten-week Level 1 Cantonese course for English background students and staff. With a focus on speaking and listening skills, the course aims at building learners’ proficiency and confidence in using Cantonese for daily communication as well as a fast integration into the local culture. Through a communicative and functional approach, and the use of interactive activities and online learning, the course will help learners to acquire vocabulary and basic structures for use in real-life situations.


Pre-requisites: This course is open to UST students and staff of English background at beginners’ level.


Aims of the course: Intended Learning Outcomes

Learners will develop the ability to use Cantonese to communicate appropriately and effectively. Upon successful completion of the course, learners will be able to:

  • converse in Cantonese in everyday situations;
  • use a range of Cantonese vocabulary appropriately;
  • learn about elements of Hong Kong culture;
  • acquire knowledge of the Cantonese phonological and tonal systems;


Course Content

Different settings: in a canteen, in a class, on the campus, in a shop, travelling around Hong Kong, etc.

  • Greeting and getting to know each other
  • Talking about self and studies
  • Telling the time and date
  • Making appointments
  • Going places
  • Talking about likes, dislikes, interests and hobbies
  • Ordering food and drinks
  • Asking for prices and bargaining
  • Introduction to common Cantonese slang




Enrolment details can be found here.
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