The Department of Asian Studies is thrilled to offer the only university-level, for-credit, comprehensive Cantonese language program at UBC and in Canada.

Curriculum

The Cantonese language program has a range of courses available for all levels. Thanks to the generosity of brothers Alex and Chi Shum Watt, we now offer beginner level courses for those who want to learn basic Cantonese. The program focuses on speaking and writing skills, encouraging students to practice what they’ve learned through class projects. We also offer Cantonese courses for those who are more advanced or consider themselves primarily Mandarin-speakers.

Placement Tests

All incoming students who wish to take any Cantonese (CNTO) course are required to complete an online placement questionnaire to obtain placement approval for registration.

Once completed, you will receive one of two possible next-steps:

1) If you receive a certificate for a specific course, you don’t need to attend the interview. You can register for the course at any time.

2) You will be asked to attend an in-person placement interview to determine your appropriate course level. You must attend your interview before the first day of class.

Date Time Location
August 30, Friday 10:00am-4:00pm Auditorium Annex B #215
Sept 3, Tuesday 1:00pm-4:00pm Auditorium Annex B #215
Sept 4, Wednesday 1:00pm-3:00pm Auditorium Annex B #212
Sept 5, Thursday 3:00pm-5:00pm Auditorium Annex B #215
Sept 6, Friday 1:00pm-3:00pm Auditorium Annex B #212
Sept 9, Monday 3:00pm-5:00pm Auditorium Annex B #215
Sept 10, Tuesday 1:00pm-3:00pm Auditorium Annex B #212
Sept 11, Wednesday 1:00pm-4:00pm Auditorium Annex B #215
Sept 12, Thursday 1:00pm-3:00pm Auditorium Annex B #212
Sept 13, Friday 3:00pm-5:00pm Auditorium Annex B #215
Sept 16, Monday 3:00pm-5:00pm Auditorium Annex B #215
Sept 17, Tuesday 3:00pm-5:00pm Auditorium Annex B #215
Oct 3, Thursday 3:00pm-5:00pm Auditorium Annex B #215
Oct 18, Friday 3:00pm-5:00pm Auditorium Annex B #215
Nov 4, Monday 3:00pm-5:00pm Auditorium Annex B #215
Nov 19, Tuesday 3:00pm-5:00pm Auditorium Annex B #215
Dec 13, Friday 3:00pm-5:00pm Auditorium Annex B #215
Jan 3, Friday 1:00pm-4:00pm Auditorium Annex B #215
Jan 6, Monday 1:00pm-3:00pm Auditorium Annex B #212
Jan 7, Tuesday 3:00pm-5:00pm Auditorium Annex B #215
Jan 8, Wednesday 1:00pm-3:00pm Auditorium Annex B #212
Jan 9, Thursday 3:00pm-5:00pm Auditorium Annex B #215
Jan 10, Friday 3:00pm-5:00pm Auditorium Annex B #215
Jan 13, Monday 3:00pm-5:00pm Auditorium Annex B #215
Jan 14, Tuesday 1:00pm-3:00pm Auditorium Annex B #212
Jan 15, Wednesday 1:00pm-3:00pm Auditorium Annex B #215
Jan 16, Thursday 1:00pm-3:00pm Auditorium Annex B #212
Jan 17, Friday 3:00pm-5:00pm Auditorium Annex B #215
Feb 3, Monday 3:00pm-5:00pm Auditorium Annex B #215
Feb 18, Tuesday 3:00pm-5:00pm Auditorium Annex B #215
Mar 3, Tuesday 3:00pm-5:00pm Auditorium Annex B #215
Mar 5, Thursday 3:00pm-5:00pm Auditorium Annex B #215
Mar 6, Friday 3:00pm-5:00pm Auditorium Annex B #215
Mar 23, Monday 3:00pm-5:00pm Auditorium Annex B #215
Apr 7, Tuesday 1:00pm-4:00pm Auditorium Annex B #215
Apr 24, Friday 1:00pm-4:00pm Auditorium Annex B #215

To be exempt from the Chinese Language Proficiency test, students must obtain a Level 3 standing on the HSK exam.

If you have any concerns about your placement result or scheduling a placement interview, please email chinese.placement@ubc.ca.

Emails should include your full name and student number in the title. If your inquiry is about a certain course, add the course code in the title as well. You may experience delays if the email title convention is not followed.

Please allow between 2 -5 business days before sending in another email with the same inquiry.

For all questions specifically for Cantonese course (CNTO) please email Mr. Pai directly at raymond.pai@ubc.ca.

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