The 2nd International Symposium on Teaching Cantonese as a Second Language

The 2nd International Symposium on Teaching Cantonese as a Second Language (ISTCanSL)

AUG 19-20 18:30 – 21:30 PDT | AUG 20-21 09:30 – 12:30 HKT


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Session 1:

Vancouver Time: 19 August 2021 (Thursday) 18:30 – 21:30

Hong Kong Time: 20 August 2021 (Friday) 09:30 -12:30


Session 2:

Vancouver Time: 20 August 2021 (Friday) 18:30 – 21:30

Hong Kong Time: 21 August 2021 (Saturday) 09:30 -12:30


Invited Speakers

Andy Chi On CHIN (EduHK, Hong Kong)
Doris CHOW (Youth Collaborative for Chinatown, Canada)
June CHOW (Youth Collaborative for Chinatown, Canada)
Sik Lee DENNIG (Stanford, USA)
Liam DOHERTY (UBC, Canada)
Betty Pik Yi HUNG (HKU, Hong Kong)
Shin KATAOKA (EDUHK, Hong Kong)
Zoe LAM (UBC, Canada)
Guofang LI (UBC, Canada)
Siu-lun LEE (CUHK, Hong Kong)
Raymond PAI (UBC, Canada)
John WAKEFIELD (HKBU, Hong Kong)
David Chun Wah YUEN (POLYU, Hong Kong)


Presentation Schedule

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Moderator: Siu-lun LEE (CUHK)

Time Speaker Title
6:30 – 6:45 pm Siu-lun LEE (CUHK) Welcome Speech
6:45 – 7:15 pm ​John WAKEFIELD (HKBU) False friend cognates in Cantonese
7:15 – 7:45 pm Guofang LI (UBC) Early Cantonese Learning in Canada: Achievements and Challenges
7:45 – 8:00 pm Coffee break
8:00 – 8:30 pm Betty Pik Yi HUNG (HKU) Effective teaching methods for vocabulary similar in meaning and unusual grammar structures
8:30 – 9:00 pm ​Raymond PAI and Liam DOHERTY (UBC) Language socialization for heritage learners of Cantonese: Lessons learned from UBC’s Cantonese Program during the pandemic
9:00 – 9:30 pm Shin KATAOKA (EdUHK) Pedagogic phonology: Irregular tones in Cantonese


Moderator: Raymond PAI (UBC)

Time Speaker Title
6:30 – 7:00 pm Sik Lee DENNIG (Stanford) The role of storytelling in the teaching of Cantonese as a heritage language
7:00 – 7:30 pm ​Chi On Andy CHIN (EdUHK) Integrating MALL and DDL into Cantonese Learning and Teaching: A Case Study of the CanPro Mobile App
7:30 – 8:00 pm Chun Wah David YUEN, Jie ZENG, and Anna S.C. CHEUNG (HKPolyU) A three-line staff method for teaching Cantonese tones
8:00 – 8:15 pm Coffee break
8:15 – 8:45 pm Doris CHOW, June CHOW (Youth Collaborative for Chinatown (YCC), Vancouver) and Zoe LAM (UBC) Beyond A Language: The Role of Cantonese Schools in the (Re-)Construction of Chinese Canadian Identity
8:45 – 9:15 pm ​Siu-lun LEE (CUHK) Synchronous online Cantonese teaching and learning

Roundtable Discussion

9:15 – 9:45pm

The future of Cantonese heritage teaching and learning

  • Moderator: Zoe LAM (UBC)


  • Andy Chi On CHIN
  • Shin KATAOKA
  • Sik Lee DENNIG
  • David Chun Wah YUEN
  • Raymond PAI
  • Siu-lun LEE