EDUM7440 Teaching Chinese in Dialect Speaking Area (3 units)
This course introduces learners the concept of Modern Standard Chinese (MSC) and dialects, with particular focus on Cantonese. The formation of dialects is addressed. The course also focuses on a comparative study of the phonological system, syntactic structure and lexical items between MSC and Cantonese. Language differences between MSC and Cantonese are highlighted. Issues of teaching Chinese language in Hong Kong with the interference of Cantonese dialect and English language are discussed with a view of enhancing learners’ awareness in language variations and errors in language education.
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