Alexander Tang

Elementary Cantonese 2 (Online)

Instructor: Alex Tang
Dates: January 9 to March 13, 2022
Time: Sundays from 12pm to 2pm
Location: Online
Cost: $250

COMMUNICATION. At the end of the class, students will have acquired a novice high/intermediate low proficiency level, which means they will be able to handle successfully a variety of basic communicative tasks necessary for survival in a Cantonese speaking context. More specifically, students completing Elementary Cantonese 2 will be able to:

  • Talk about college life and evaluate the quality of housing on campus
  • Indicate location and identify places
  • Describe and compare
  • Talk about daily routines
  • Express likes, interests, and preferences
  • Talk about the weather, months, and seasons
  • Express obligation
  • Talk about travel
  • Narrate experiences related to travels
  • Talk about cultural differences and influences
  • Talk about past actions and events

CULTURES. Students will have gained a deeper knowledge and understanding of the cultures of the Cantonese-speaking world. They will be more acquainted with the places where Cantonese is spoken, will have explored some of the main cultural, social, and historical events of the Cantonese world, and will have increased their awareness of the U.S. Cantonese communities.

CONNECTIONS. Students will be able to acquire new information and reinforce their knowledge of other disciplines through the Cantonese language.

COMPARISONS. Students will have developed new insights into the nature of language and culture that will allow them to establish comparisons not only between languages, but also between the Cantonese cultures and their own.

COMMUNITIES. Students will be able to use the Cantonese language to participate in Cantonese communities at home and around the world.

Course Textbook


Yip, V., & Matthews, S. (2017). Basic Cantonese: A Grammar and Workbook: A Grammar and Workbook. Routledge. 2nd Edition. ISBN: 9780415815598

Week 1 – Introduction Week / Review from Elementary Cantonese 1
Week 2 – Verbs & Particles and Actions & Events using 咗 and 過
Week 3 – Activities using 緊 and 住 and Auxiliary Verbs
Week 4 – Passives and Word Order & Topicalization
Week 5 – Midterm Week
Week 6 – Yes/No Questions and Wh- Questions
Week 7 – Sentence Particles
Week 8 – Imperatives
Week 9 – Requests & Thanks and Numbers, Dates & Times
Week 10 – Course Summary

This course will be taught entirely online using Microsoft Teams. Courses will be primarily synchronous with some asynchronous activities and elements.

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