Cantonese Syntax II Syllabus
January 30 to April 30, 2012

Syntax II builds on the foundation laid by Syntax I, and will assume that students are familiar with how to put together multi-idea sentences.  Syntax II will focus on sentence structures and parts uncovered by Syntax I, with a particular emphasis on expressing relationships, desires, and needs between people.  While Syntax I focused on building dialogues, Syntax II will focus on producing narrative stories.

Each class begins with a thought exercise where students will identify which sentences are correctly phrased.  Then the class will come to a consensus on correct structure.  The class spends the rest of the time on exercises to reinforce the correct syntax.  Exercises include translation, listening, composition, games, skits, role playing, and even drawing.  The class will emphasize small group teamwork and having the students teach each other.  There will be a listening exercise in every class, challenging students to understand context even without understanding all the vocabulary.

Class content is accumulative, and attendance to all 12 classes are mandatory.  There will be an in-class midterm and final written assignment.

Course Requirements:  Only students who have passed Syntax I (level one) or Syntax & Dialogue class are eligible to take level two.  Students are expected to be very comfortable reading and writing in jyutping.  Students are expected to have completed Cantonese 1 and other ALESN courses, and have retained a fair amount of everyday vocabulary from those classes.  

Course Schedule
12 Mondays, 6:00PM-7:15PM, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/27, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/23
  • Class 1, 1/30: Introduction to Narrative Structure, part 1
  • Class 2, 2/6: Introduction to Narrative Structure, part 2
  • Class 3, 2/13: Comparisons
  • Class 4, 2/27: Adverbs of Manner, with dak1 得 and dei2 地
  • Class 5, 3/5: Expressing Relationships, part 1 (bong1)
  • Class 6, 3/12: Midterm
  • Class 7, 3/19: Expressing Relationships, part 2 (tung4 同)
  • Class 8, 3/26: Expressing Relationships, part 3 (tung4 同, pui4 陪)
  • Class 9, 4/2: Successfully completing actions with dou2 到
  • Class 10, 4/9: Review and Practice
  • Class 11, 4/16: Final Exam
  • Class 12, 4/23: Final Assignment Presentation

You’ll learn how to compose:
  1. Writing a thank you note to a friend
  2. A diary entry about your activities of the day
  3. Telling a story or anecdote
  4. Elevator speech about yourself
  5. Profile on a dating website
  6. A script for a presentation
  7. Writing directions on how to do something