Students who would like to enroll Chinese courses should refer to the Guidelines for Chinese Course Selection.

If you have questions about your Chinese courses, contact an advisor.

Common Core Chinese Communication  Courses

  • LANG 1113
    Effective Chinese Communication 基礎中文傳意:口語與寫作
    Prerequisite(s) Level 3 in HKDSE Chinese
    Exclusion(s) Level 4 or above in HKDSE Chinese, LANG 1114 (prior to 2017-18), LANG 1115 (prior to 2017-18), LANG 1116 (prior to 2017-18), LANG 1117, LANG 1118, LANG 1120, LANG 1121, LANG 1122, LANG 1123, LANG 1124, LANG 1125, LANG 1126, LANG 1127

    This course seeks to enhance the market competitiveness of HKUST graduates by making them effective users of spoken Putonghua and Standard Written Chinese in meeting communicative needs in academic, social and professional contexts. The course materials and activities help students acquire fluency and accuracy in the use of Chinese by engaging them in authentic communication tasks based on real-life situations and needs. Students' mastery of Putonghua phonology and Chinese syntax and lexis will also be enhanced through in-class teaching and outside class practice.

  • LANG 1117
    Advanced Chinese Communication 高階中文傳意:口語與寫作
    Prerequisite(s) Level 4 or above in HKDSE Chinese
    Exclusion(s) LANG 1113, LANG 1114 (prior to 2017-18), LANG 1115 (prior to 2017-18), LANG 1116 (prior to 2017-18), LANG 1118, LANG 1120, LANG 1121, LANG 1122, LANG 1123, LANG 1124, LANG 1125, LANG 1126, LANG 1127

    This course seeks to advance the Putonghua speaking and Chinese writing abilities of local Hong Kong students who have attained a reasonably high standard in Chinese language on leaving secondary schools. The course materials and learning tasks help students to engage in rigorous intellectual analysis of academic and socio-economic issues and formulate coherent arguments for Putonghua speaking and Chinese writing in demanding situations such as participation in public fora and writing critical essays for publication in the media.

  • LANG 1118
    Enhanced Chinese Communication 高級中文傳意:口語與寫作
    Exclusion(s) Level 3 in HKDSE Chinese, LANG 1113, LANG 1114 (prior to 2017-18), LANG 1115 (prior to 2017-18), LANG 1116 (prior to 2017-18), LANG 1117, LANG 1120, LANG 1121, LANG 1122, LANG 1123, LANG 1124, LANG 1125, LANG 1126, LANG 1127

    This course seeks to enhance the Putonghua speaking and Chinese writing abilities of students who have typically undergone schooling in a Chinese language community. Learning tasks and activities on this course further challenges students to aim at very high levels in terms of precision of expression in writing and expressiveness and persuasiveness in speaking. The learning experience will also sharpen the students' awareness of style and tone and context of situation.

  • LANG 1120
    Chinese for Non-Chinese Language Background Students I
    Exclusion(s) HKDSE/HKALE/HKCEE/JEE Chinese, LANG 1112 (prior to 2016-17), LANG 1113, LANG 1114 (prior to 2017-18), LANG 1115 (prior to 2017-18), LANG 1116 (prior to 2017-18), LANG 1117, LANG 1118

    Introduction to Chinese language and culture; basic understanding of Putonghua phonology and Chinese syntax; basic communicative competence in Chinese; recognition of high‐frequency Chinese characters. The course is restricted to students with non‐Chinese language backgrounds. Instructors’ approval is required for students with Chinese backgrounds who are from international schools of Hong Kong, China Mainland and other Asian countries, also for overseas students with either Mandarin or Cantonese language backgrounds.

  • LANG 1121
    Chinese for Non-Chinese Language Background Students II
    Prerequisite(s) LANG 1120
    Exclusion(s) HKDSE/HKALE/HKCEE/JEE Chinese, LANG 1112 (prior to 2016-17), LANG 1113, LANG 1114 (prior to 2017-18), LANG 1115 (prior to 2017-18), LANG 1116 (prior to 2017-18), LANG 1117, LANG 1118

    This course builds on the groundwork laid in LANG 1120, and takes students to a higher level of understanding of Putonghua phonology and a stronger communicative competence in using Chinese in daily and social situations. The course is restricted to students with non‐Chinese language backgrounds. Instructors’ approval is required for students with Chinese backgrounds who are from international schools of Hong Kong, China Mainland and other Asian countries, also for overseas students with either Mandarin or Cantonese language backgrounds. For students without prerequisite but with prior Chinese learning experience of approximately 50 hours may seek instructors’ approval to enroll in the course.

  • LANG 1122
    Chinese for Non-Chinese Language Background Students III
    Prerequisite(s) LANG 1121
    Exclusion(s) HKDSE/HKALE/HKCEE/JEE Chinese, LANG 1112 (prior to 2016-17), LANG 1113, LANG 1114 (prior to 2017-18), LANG 1115 (prior to 2017-18), LANG 1116 (prior to 2017-18), LANG 1117, LANG 1118

    This course builds on the groundwork laid in LANG 1120 and LANG 1121, and takes students to a higher level of understanding of spoken Chinese and a stronger communicative competence in using Chinese in daily, social and professional situations. The course is restricted to students with non-Chinese language backgrounds. Instructors’ approval is required for students with Chinese backgrounds who are from international schools of Hong Kong, China Mainland and other Asian countries, also for overseas students with either Mandarin or Cantonese language backgrounds. For students without prerequisite but with prior Chinese learning experience of approximately 100 hours may seek instructors’ approval to enroll in the course.

  • LANG 1123
    Chinese for Non-Chinese Language Background Students IV
    Prerequisite(s) LANG 1122
    Exclusion(s) HKDSE/HKALE/HKCEE/JEE Chinese, LANG 1112 (prior to 2016-17), LANG 1113, LANG 1114 (prior to 2017-18), LANG 1115 (prior to 2017-18), LANG 1116 (prior to 2017-18), LANG 1117, LANG 1118

    This course builds on the groundwork laid in LANG 1120, LANG 1121 and LANG 1122, and takes students to an intermediate level of understanding of spoken Chinese and a stronger communicative competence in using Chinese in social, professional and business situations. The course is restricted to students with non-Chinese language backgrounds. Instructors’ approval is required for students with Chinese backgrounds who are from international schools of Hong Kong, China Mainland and other Asian countries, also for overseas students with either Mandarin or Cantonese language backgrounds. For students without prerequisite but with prior Chinese learning experience of approximately 150 hours may seek instructors’ approval to enroll in the course.

  • LANG 1124
    Chinese for Non-Chinese Language Background Students V
    Prerequisite(s) LANG 1123
    Exclusion(s) HKDSE/HKALE/HKCEE/JEE Chinese, LANG 1112 (prior to 2016-17), LANG 1113, LANG 1114 (prior to 2017-18), LANG 1115 (prior to 2017-18), LANG 1116 (prior to 2017-18), LANG 1117, LANG 1118

    This course builds on the groundwork laid in LANG 1120, LANG 1121 and LANG 1122 and LANG 1123, and takes students to an intermediate-high level of understanding of spoken Chinese and a stronger communicative competence in using Chinese in social and professional situations. Restricted to students with non-Chinese language backgrounds only. Students without the prerequisite but with approximate 200 hours of prior Chinese learning experience may seek instructor’s approval for enrollment in the course.

  • LANG 1125
    Chinese for Non-Chinese Language Background Students VI
    Prerequisite(s) LANG 1124
    Exclusion(s) HKDSE/HKALE/HKCEE/JEE Chinese, LANG 1112 (prior to 2016-17), LANG 1113, LANG 1114 (prior to 2017-18), LANG 1115 (prior to 2017-18), LANG 1116 (prior to 2017-18), LANG 1117, LANG 1118

    This course builds on the groundwork laid in LANG 1120, LANG 1121 and LANG 1122 and LANG 1123, and LANG 1124, and takes students to an intermediate-high level of understanding of spoken Chinese and a stronger communicative competence in using Chinese in social and professional situations. Restricted to students with non-Chinese language backgrounds only. Students without the prerequisite but with approximate 250 hours of prior Chinese learning experience may seek instructor’s approval for enrollment in the course.

  • LANG 1126
    Chinese for Non-Chinese Language Background Students VII
    Prerequisite(s) LANG 1125
    Exclusion(s) HKDSE/HKALE/HKCEE/JEE Chinese, LANG 1112 (prior to 2016-17), LANG 1113, LANG 1114 (prior to 2017-18), LANG 1115 (prior to 2017-18), LANG 1116 (prior to 2017-18), LANG 1117, LANG 1118

    This course builds on the groundwork laid in LANG 1120, LANG 1121 and LANG 1122 and LANG 1123, LANG 1124 and LANG 1125, and takes students to a high level of understanding of spoken Chinese and a stronger communicative competence in using Chinese in social and professional situations. Restricted to students with non-Chinese language backgrounds only. Students without the prerequisite but with approximate 300 hours of prior Chinese learning experience may seek instructor’s approval for enrollment in the course.

  • LANG 1127
    Chinese for Non-Chinese Language Background Students VIII
    Prerequisite(s) LANG 1126
    Exclusion(s) HKDSE/HKALE/HKCEE/JEE Chinese, LANG 1112 (prior to 2016-17), LANG 1113, LANG 1114 (prior to 2017-18), LANG 1115 (prior to 2017-18), LANG 1116 (prior to 2017-18), LANG 1117, LANG 1118

    This course builds on the groundwork laid in LANG 1120, LANG 1121 and LANG 1122 and LANG 1123, LANG 1124, LANG 1125 and LANG 1126, and takes students to a high level of understanding of spoken Chinese and a stronger communicative competence in using Chinese in social and professional situations. Restricted to students with non-Chinese language backgrounds only. Students without the prerequisite but with approximate 350 hours of prior Chinese learning experience may seek instructor’s approval for enrollment in the course.

Program Required Courses

  • LANG 2170
    Chinese Communication Skills for Humanities & Social Science Studies

    Restricted to students on the Global China Studies program. The course enables students to achieve thorough comprehension of texts written in Chinese, and prepares them for writing academic papers such as project reports and dissertations, with special attention paid to the demands on students from various Humanities and Social Science disciplines. Students must be able to read and write Chinese.

Others

  • LANG 1130
    Cantonese for Non-Chinese Language Background Students I

    This course is restricted to students with non-Chinese language backgrounds who are beginners in the learning of Cantonese. It equips students with Cantonese communicative competence necessary for living and net-working in Hong Kong, thus facilitating their smooth integration into the local community. The learning activities involve developing students' listening and speaking skills in an attempt to build learners' confidence and fluency in using Cantonese for daily communication.

  • LANG 1133
    Cantonese for Chinese Language Background Students I

    This course is restricted to students with Chinese language backgrounds who are beginners in the learning of Cantonese. It equips students with Cantonese communicative competence necessary for living and net-working in Hong Kong, thus facilitating their smooth integration into the local community. The learning activities involve developing students' listening and speaking skills in an attempt to build learners' confidence and fluency in using Cantonese for daily communication.

  • 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

    Enrolment details can be found here.
    Click here for registration.

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

    Cantonese for Chinese Background Learners (Level 1)

    Course Information:

    This is a ten-week elementary Cantonese course for Chinese background students and staff. It will equip learners with the Cantonese proficiency and the communication competence necessary for studying, working and living in Hong Kong. Learners will learn to extract key information from listening to Cantonese, and to communicate effectively in a variety of contexts. They will also be introduced to the phonological features of Cantonese. The thematic content of the course is designed to help them explore the multiple facets of the Hong Kong culture.

     

    Pre-requisites: This course is open to UST students and staff of Chinese background at beginners’ level. Learners must be able to read Chinese.

     

    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;
    • understand differences in Cantonese and Putonghua vocabulary and expressions

     

    Course Content

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

    • Greeting and getting to know each other
    • Talking about self and others
    • Asking for and giving personal information
    • Exchanging phone numbers and making phone calls
    • Telling the time and date
    • Ordering food and drinks
    • Going places
    • Talking about likes, dislikes, interests and hobbies
    • Asking for prices and bargaining
    • Basic knowledge of Cantonese Phonology
    • Recognizing frequently used Chinese characters and phrases

     

    Enrolment

    Enrolment details can be found here.
    Click here for registration.

  • Non-Credit Bearing Courses: Cantonese for English Background Learners (Level 2)

    Cantonese for English Background Learners (Level 2)

    1. Course Information:

    This is a ten-week Level 2 Cantonese course for English background students and staff who wish to continue learning Cantonese after completing the beginners’ course or with equivalent competence in Cantonese. The course aims at enhancing learners’ proficiency and confidence in using Cantonese for everyday communication. Through in-class learning and online practice, learners will acquire vocabulary and colloquial expressions relevant to their needs and consolidate their mastery of Cantonese phonology and grammar.

     

    2. Pre-requisites: Learners should have at least 30 hours of prior Cantonese lessons or equivalent are required.

     

    3. 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:

    • consolidate their comprehension of Cantonese phonology and grammar;
    • use a range of Cantonese vocabulary and colloquial expressions appropriately;
    • converse in Cantonese more effectively in various settings;
    • learn about elements of Hong Kong culture.

     

    4. Course Content

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

    • Going places
    • Dining out
    • Shopping and bargaining
    • Festivals and holidays
    • Talking about the weather
    • Introduction to common Cantonese slang
    • Review on sentence structure, Cantonese sounds & tones

     

     

     

  • Non-Credit Bearing Courses: Cantonese for Chinese Background Learners (Level 2)

    Cantonese for Chinese Background Learners (Level 2)

    Course Information:

    This is ten-week Level 2 Cantonese course for Chinese background students and staff who wish to continue learning Cantonese after completing the beginners’ course. The course aims at building learners’ proficiency and confidence in using Cantonese for everyday communication. Through in-class learning and online practice, learners will acquire vocabulary and colloquial expressions relevant to their needs and consolidate their mastery of Cantonese phonology and grammar.

     

    Pre-requisites: Learners should have at least 30 hours of prior Cantonese lessons or equivalent are required.

     

    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:

    • consolidate their comprehension of Cantonese phonology and grammar;
    • use a range of Cantonese vocabulary appropriately;
    • speak fluent, colloquial Cantonese in various settings;
    • learn about elements of Hong Kong culture;
    • consolidate their comprehension of differences in Cantonese and Putonghua vocabulary and expressions

     

    Course Content

    Different settings: in a Chinese restaurant, in a class, at the hall, in a shop, travelling around Hong Kong, etc.

    • Talking about family and friends
    • Making appointments
    • Going places
    • Dining out
    • Shopping and bargaining
    • Festivals and holidays
    • Talking about the weather
    • Introduction to common Cantonese slang
    • Review on sentence structure, Cantonese sounds & tones
    • Introduction to common Cantonese slang