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English-Cantonese Corner

(A Cultural Exchange Scheme for Full-time Top-up Degree Students)

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The English-Cantonese Corner is a cultural exchange scheme for our full-time top-up degree students. Through participating in casual conversations in small groups, students can build up their confidence in English communication and have fun in teaching simple Cantonese to American students. A certificate will be awarded to those who meet the attendance requirement.

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Two rounds of activities were successfully held in the academic year 2013-14 with 108 CityU SCOPE students and 26 Syracuse University students. The following are thoughts from some of the participants:

"I was interested in communicating with foreigners in Cantonese. The foreigner in my group, Daniel, is a friendly guy and it was great to hang out with my group mates outside the campus. It was an enjoyable and memorable activity."

Katie Tang
BSc (Hons) Aviation Management, Coventry University

"I meet a lot of people, not only those who come from America but also people who are studying at SCOPE. They are nice and out-going. We cherish our friendships very much even after the activity. As some of the foreigners are learning Cantonese, it is interesting when we teach them how to pronounce a word in Cantonese and explain the meaning of the word. I think it is fun and I’ve learnt a lot throughout the process. It is good for every student to give it a try."

Nicole Li
BA (Hons) English for International Corporate Communication, University of Central Lancashire

"During the meeting with the American students, we went to different places and ate a lot of “Hong Kong Food”. Maybe we got the language barrier sometimes, but we enjoyed our time together. Although the activity was finished, we still keep in touch and share our daily life via Facebook or WhatsApp. It was definitely an unforgettable and wonderful memory of this year."

Angel Yeung
BA (Hons) Applied Social Science, Sheffield Hallam University

The above may let us have a glimpse of the activity which has provided lively and practical communication opportunities for our students outside class.