A Cantonese course will be available for undergraduate and graduate students at Harvard University from this fall, according to the website of the Ivy League university’s arts and sciences registration office.
Chinese language courses are not new at Harvard, but until now they have all been Mandarin. The new course, identified as Chinese 132a — Advanced Conversational Cantonese, marks the first time the US university is offering Cantonese classes.
The course is mainly aimed at students who have achieved basic proficiency in Cantonese and wish to progress to more complex language, the office said.
Topics in the course include authentic texts from contemporary media sources, including news, films, and TV shows, it added.
The new course will last for half a semester, with classes to be held twice a week. Each class is of one-and-half hour duration. The course will be taught by Jennifer Liu Li-Chia, director of the Chinese Language Program.
Harvard University’s move comes even as Chinese authorities have been asking TV stations, government departments and teachers in the southern Guangdong province to switch to Putonghua from Cantonese.
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