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Cantonese Program

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Program Description
This is an innovative Cantonese course designed for people with intermediate Mandarin competence but have little or 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, it will help participants to acquire new vocabulary and basic structures in real-life situations.


To help participants:


to converse in Cantonese in everyday situations;


to an fundamental understanding of the Cantonese phonological and tonal systems;


to have a solid understanding of Cantonese grammar; and


to a good understanding of Chinese culture.


to raise participants' awareness on the differences between Cantonese and Putonghua pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar; and


to emphasize interactive speaking and listening activities through challenging and dynamic lessons.

Participants are assessed on their ability to communicate in Cantonese.

Course outline
The course content is based on everyday life communication. The topics include:




Having Dim Sum










Making appointments




Making a phone call


Ordering Cantonese food

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Medium of Instruction
Putonghua + Cantonese

Program Duration
7 weeks

Program Dates
10 Jul - 28 Aug 07

Pengyou (friends) Exchange Program
We will arrange a local Chinese friend for you based on age, sex and interests. Not only it’s the one of the best ways to enhance your listening and speaking skills, but also an effective way to obtain the most updated and common-used Cantonese.

Extra Curriculum Activities
We organizea variety of activities for program participants not only to improve your language competence, but also help you understand the Chinese culture and society. Activities include language and culture oriented electives, weekend sightseeings, cultural workshops, and monthly excursions out of Guangzhou.

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Travel Arrangements
We organize trips out of Guangzhou every month. Participants can sign up for yourself and your friends. Popular trip destinations include: Hong Kong, Shanghai, Yangshuo, Phenix Ancient City, Zhaoqing, Shaoguan and Shenzhen at discounted prices. Two-way transportaion by train, accommodation at 3-star hotel, food and all the admission cost and local transportation are included. Our staff will accompany you through the tour.

In addition, our staff will help you with your own trip plan as well such as hotel arrangements and transportation booking when needed.

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Airport Transfer
With flight details, we can provide free airport arrival-pick-up service to program participant.

Accommodation is optional at extra cost.

Standard campus dorms for single and double occupation are available on first come first served basis. All rooms are fully furnished with airconditioner, TV, telephone, bed, desk, book shelf and private bathroom with 24 hours hot water. Public kitchen and washing machine are provided at each level.

Accommodation checks in one day before program start-date, checks out the next day to program finish-date.

How to Apply
To apply, you need to meet requirements below
1. Above 18 years old
2. Be a high school graduate
3. Be in good health

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