Calligraphy PhotoThe mission of the Chinese Department is to instruct students in the language, culture and history of the Chinese-speaking people, to promote better communication and understanding among the peoples of our diverse society. Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world, and people who speak and write the language are in demand as teachers (both as Chinese teachers in the states, and English teachers in China), translators, travel agents, and in media and public relations.

Why study Cantonese?

The Cantonese Program at COA provides courses that satisfy Foreign Language requirements at 4-year colleges and universities, provides marketable foreign language skills and offers cultural enrichment.  This will empower students to:

  • Communicate with native speakers at home and worldwide
  • Increase employment potential
  • Improve memory and cognitive skills
  • Enhance travel worldwide
  • Expand one’s universe

Beyond acquisition, learning languages can expand the heart and mind and help us in our search to understand who we are as human beings.



Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

  • Demonstrate rudimentary to more advanced level of cultural and historical understanding of the societies associated with the Cantonese language as students advance through the course levels.
  • Demonstrate progressive proficiency of the Cantonese language as students advance through the course levels from beginning to intermediate high as stated in ACTFL guidelines (American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages).
  • Demonstrate competence in listening, speaking, reading and writing ability through the progressive course levels, in conjunction with the course content of each class.



    Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) may be assessed using:

  • Surveys
  • Questionnaires
  • Review of collected data
  • Other methods