CHIN 131
Basic Cantonese Spring 2017
Division I
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An introduction to Standard Cantonese, a major regional language of southern China which is spoken by over 70 million people in Hong Kong, Macao, Guangdong, and Guangxi as well as by many overseas Chinese in Southeast Asia, Hawaii, and North America. Due to the pervasive influence of Hong Kong as well as the economic transformation of Guangdong Province, the prestige of Cantonese within China has been rising steadily over the past few decades. Our focus in this course will be on developing basic listening and speaking skills, though some attention will also be paid to written Cantonese, including the special characters which have been used for centuries to write colloquial Cantonese and which have become even more widely used in Hong Kong since 1997. Since students will ordinarily possess prior proficiency in Mandarin, a closely related language, they should be able to attain in one semester approximately the same proficiency level that is attained in the first two semesters of Mandarin.
The Class: Format: dialog performance, drills, communicative exercises, oral reading, questions and discussion
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 3828
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation is based on classroom performance, homework, quizzes, unit tests, and an oral and written final exam
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: CHIN 202 or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: Chinese and Asian Studies majors who have no prior backgrounds in Cantonese
Distributions: Division I

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