Raymond Pai is a Lecturer of Cantonese at UBC. He teaches all levels of Cantonese courses and collaborates with the local community and organizations on various projects related to Cantonese and its culture. He received his BSc in Human Biology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, then MA in Linguistics and TESOL certificate from Brigham Young University. Having taught Chinese at the Defense Language Institute and the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California, he also worked as a certified translator and interpreter in California, and currently is the Cantonese examiner for the University of Arizona. A native of Hong Kong, Raymond’s research and teaching interests include language learning motivation, language technology and testing, and psycholinguistics. He is also a performer in vocal music and theatre both locally and on stages across the globe.
UBC Cantonese: http://cantonese.art.ubc.ca
UBC Cantonese on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UBCCantonese/
Raymond Pai: https://blogs.ubc.ca/raymondpai
Hong Kong Canada Crosscurrents: http://chinesecanadian.ubc.ca/hong-kong-canada-crosscurrents/
CNTO 301 Basic Cantonese I
Elementary level (part I) course in Cantonese for non-heritage learners with no prior exposure to or background in Cantonese. Focus on training for basic oral skills in Cantonese. Open to speakers with no prior Cantonese speaking background.
CNTO 303 Basic Cantonese II
Elementary level Cantonese for non-heritage learners. Continuation of CNTO 301.
CNTO 311 Basic Cantonese for Mandarin Speakers
Basic oral and presentation skills in Cantonese. This is an accelerated course that covers content and topics similar to CNTO 301 and CNTO 303, but is structured specifically for heritage speakers of Mandarin.
CNTO 401 Intermediate Cantonese I
Intermediate lower level (part I) Cantonese for non-heritage learners.
CNTO 451 Advanced Cantonese through Popular Culture
Popular culture in Hong Kong from media such as television, cinema, popular music, literature, social media, etc., through advanced authentic Cantonese listening and reading materials. Open to non-heritage and heritage speakers of Mandarin and/or Cantonese.