Cantonese – Evening Language Course

LocationRegent Street, Central London
FacultySocial Sciences and Humanities

Learn Cantonese in London with our part-time Cantonese evening courses.

Language classes run from September to June at our central London Regent Street Campus just a few minutes from Oxford Circus. They are taught by experienced language teaching professionals who are native speakers of the language or equivalent. Adult students of all ages and nationalities from a wide range of backgrounds take part-time Cantonese courses with us. You can also join a Cantonese evening class in January for the second semester if you already have some knowledge of Cantonese.

This Cantonese evening language course follows a communicative approach to language teaching. Our lessons focus on language that is required for communicating in authentic situations with an emphasis on speaking and listening. Your progress will be assessed on an ongoing basis through homework, assignments and performance in class. You will receive verbal feedback from your tutor on every lesson and written feedback with your homework.

This level is the first exposure to the Cantonese language for beginners (Term 1), allowing you to start to communicate. You have no or little previous knowledge of the Cantonese language.

Booking

You can book:

  • each term individually for £225
  • the whole year for a discounted fee of £530

Courses open for booking
Start date Term Day and time Duration Price Apply
29 September 2016 Term 1 Thursdays 6.30–8.30pm 10 weeks £225 Book now
Upcoming courses
Start date Term Day and time Duration Price Apply
12 January 2017 Term 2 Thursdays 6.30–8.30pm 10 weeks £225 Coming soon
13 April 2017 Term 3 Thursdays 6.30–8.30pm 10 weeks £225 Coming soon

Course content

Term 1

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • radicals of Chinese characters
  • the Cantonese phonetic system
  • numbers up to 100 million
  • public amenities, description of functions
  • making a comment about a place
  • leisure activities

Grammar

You will learn:

  • plural personal pronouns
  • possessive pronouns
  • use of various adjectives forms
  • closed questions forms
  • open-end questions forms
  • use of various conjunctions to form a valid sentence
  • using adverbs (dak1)
  • measure words, four-syllable vocabulary combination

Term 2

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • describing people
  • rooms at home
  • facilities in a hotel
  • in a Hong Kong Style café
  • food and drinks

Grammar

You will learn:

  • comparison between written and spoken Chinese
  • vocabulary and simple sentence structures
  • grammar words used in different tenses

Term 3

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • prices and discounts
  • dim sum
  • language and culture
  • travelling in Hong Kong

Grammar

You will learn:

  • closed questions and open-end questions forms
  • use of simple conjunctions

There may be slight content variations at the discretion of the tutor. We may, for example, include additional content when general progress is good, or vary content according to students' interests.

Learning resources

We will use Cantonese for Everyone throughout the course. However, please wait until the first session before buying your course book.

This level of Cantonese is post-beginner, allowing you to extend your range of basic skills. You have already studied the Cantonese language for approximately one year or 60 hours.

Booking

You can book:

  • each term individually for £225
  • the whole year for a discounted fee of £530

Courses open for booking
Start date Term Day and time Duration Price Apply
26 September 2016 Term 1 Mondays 6.30–8.30pm 10 weeks £225 Book now
Upcoming courses
Start date Term Day and time Duration Price Apply
9 January 2017 Term 2 Mondays 6.30–8.30pm 10 weeks £225 Coming soon
10 April 2017 Term 3 Mondays 6.30–8.30pm 10 weeks £225 Coming soon

Course content

Term 1

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • buying something in a shop
  • asking for a discount
  • asking and telling the direction
  • describing a travel route
  • naming and describing famous places in Hong Kong

Grammar

You will learn:

  • seeking approval or permission using dak1 m4 dak1 aa3?
  • stating the comparative degree with di1
  • expressing a higher degree than is expected with taai3
  • the Cantonese phonetic system

Term 2

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • talking about occupations and job descriptions
  • job interview
  • looking for a property
  • describing a property
  • furniture

Grammar

You will learn:

  • sentence structures of comparison di1/gwo3/taai3/bei2
  • simple discussion and negotiation
  • giving additional information using connectives zung6...tim1

Term 3

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • discussing Hong Kong and British education systems
  • describing your school life
  • weather reports
  • weather and countries

Grammar

You will learn:

  • radicals of Chinese characters
  • formal and informal use of spoken language
  • variation of question forms aa3/gaa3/maa3/dim2gai2/mat1je5/bin1go3/dim2joeng2
  • use of various conjunctions to form a valid sentence dan5hai6/but1 gwo3/ji4ce2/zung6 jau5’

There may be slight content variations at the discretion of the tutor. We may, for example, include additional content when general progress is good, or vary content according to students’ interests.

Learning resources

We use Cantonese for Everyone throughout the course. However, please wait until the first session before buying your course book.

Contact us

Kate Bielawska and Kai Zs
Short Course Administrators

eveninglanguagecourse@westminster.ac.uk

+44(0)20 3506 9900

Term dates 2016–17

Term 1
September cohort: 26 September – 2 December 2016
January cohort*: 9 January – 17 March 2017

Term 2
September cohort: 9 January – 17 March 2017
January cohort*: 10 April – 16 June 2017

Term 3
September cohort: 10 April – 16 June 2016
January cohort*: 19 June – 21 July 2016

*Please note that not every language has a January cohort.