Learning a new language enables you to make connections with different people and their cultures. It also helps you to develop important skills in communication, critical thinking, as well as increasing your cultural awareness.
Cantonese is the most common language in Hong Kong and many parts of China. It has fewer non-native speakers than Mandarin, so those learning it have a significant advantage when visiting or doing business with Hong Kong or other Cantonese-speaking areas.
Entry is at the discretion of the school or college, but you would normally be expected to have:
This course aims to help you develop your reading, listening, talking and writing skills in Cantonese, in a variety of contexts. You will encounter a wide range of different types of texts in different media. In addition, the course also provides you with knowledge of China and the customs and way of life of the Chinese people.
The course consists of two compulsory units and the course assessment unit.
Understanding Cantonese (9 SCQF credit points)
In this unit you will:
Using Cantonese (9 SCQF credit points)
In this unit you will:
Course Assessment (6 SCQF credit points)
The course assessment consists of two components:
The question papers will assess your listening, reading, and writing skills in Cantonese. The question papers will be set and marked by SQA.
The performance has two sections; delivering a presentation in Cantonese, and taking part in a natural, spontaneous conversation with the teacher or lecturer in Cantonese. The conversation will be from one of the following contexts: society, learning, employability, or culture.
Your work will be assessed by your teacher on an ongoing basis throughout the course. You must pass both units and the course assessment to gain the course qualification.
The course assessment is graded A-D. Your grade will depend on the total mark for all the units in your course.
If you complete the course successfully, it may lead to:
Further study, training or employment in:
Your school will give your parents an Options or Choices information booklet, which has detailed information on the curriculum and the individual subjects or courses you can study. It will also invite them along to a Parents’ Information Evening.
They can also read the information leaflet(s):