Since receiving my MA in Linguistics and TESOL certificate from Brigham Young University, I have taught Chinese at the Defense Language Institute and the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California. I have also been working as a certified translator and interpreter in California as well as the Cantonese examiner for the University of Arizona. As a native of Hong Kong, I have always been interested in Cantonese language education and I always try to keep up with the language policy and current events in Hong Kong. My MA thesis research was a Case Study on the Post-colonial Government Language-in-education Policy Towards Biliteracy and Trilingualism. My other academic and research interests include language learning motivation, language attitudes, language technology and testing, psycholinguistics, just to name a few. When not teaching, I enjoy music, theater, travels, and water sports (a certified scuba diver here!) If you are lucky you might also catch me performing on local stages. I am thrilled to be joining UBC and be a part of the brand new Cantonese program. It has been a personal goal of mine to help educate and preserve the Cantonese language and its culture. Personally I think there has not been a better time and a more beautiful place to run the program. Vancouver already feels like my second home because of its connections and resemblance to my dear home Hong Kong!
UBC Cantonese: https://blogs.ubc.ca/cantonese
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.