Fall 2021 - CHIN 100 D100

Mandarin Chinese I (3)

Class Number: 7140

Delivery Method: In Person


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Introduction to Mandarin Chinese for students with no prior background or instruction in that language. CHIN 100 is a beginners’ course in basic oral and written skills. Students will be assessed through a placement process at the beginning of the term. Students enrolled/placed into other Chinese courses may not take this course for credit.


This course aims to develop basic oral and written skills in Mandarin Chinese through the study of vocabulary, grammar, and culture.

Students will develop skills in Mandarin pronunciation and learn basic Chinese sentence structures. Content covers matters such as greetings, requests, studies, plans, and activities in a Canadian context. Components of Chinese characters and roughly 150 of the most commonly used Chinese characters will be taught.  Students will learn to comprehend short passages and write about themselves in Chinese. A rich course!

PLEASE NOTE: This course will be taught using a hybrid mode of instruction, which combines a two-hour asynchronous online component with a weekly two hour D102 or D103 in-person tutorial that meets on campus in a classroom. The online instruction component is supported by asynchronous activities and assignments. Students are required to attend the scheduled weekly tutorial for synchronous activities.


Placement for Fall 2021 will be conducted virtually in July-August. After registration, students will be contacted via email to complete a form with supporting documents (High School Transcript, SFU Advising Transcript, etc) about their prior knowledge and experiences in Chinese language studies. If necessary, students may also participate in a zoom meeting to further discuss their qualifications to take this beginner course.

CHIN 100 is designed for learners who have absolutely no background in Mandarin Chinese. Native Speakers of Chinese (Mandarin or any other dialect), or students who have taken Mandarin courses before will not be admitted into CHIN100.  Students who read and write Chinese, but speak a dialect other than Mandarin should take CHIN 152. It is the students' RESPONSIBILITY to notify the instructor immediately if they find the course level not appropriate for them. To avoid financial penalties, students should take action in a timely fashion. 

Students who are unsure about their suitability for this course should contact the instructor: jiaf@sfu.ca

**Please note that tutorials start in week one and all students are expected to attend the first lecture/tutorial.**


  • Class participation 5%
  • Lesson Quizzes 10%
  • Assignments 10%
  • Presentations 15%
  • Oral Tests 20%
  • Vocab Quizzes 5%
  • ePortfolio 15%
  • Online Exercises 20%


CHIN 100 may be applied towards the Certificate in Liberal Arts, the Certificate in Chinese Studies, or the Global Asia Minor


A+  96-100          B+  80-84                  C+  65-69             D  50-54

A    91 - 95          B    75-79                   C    60-64             F    0- 49

A-   85 - 90          B-   70-74                  C-  55-59



Ng, B. Learn Chinese, Book I (2016). Cultural Horizons Education Inc.

Order the textbook at this link: https://opentextbook.docsol.sfu.ca/store/product/ctb004-02/


Manser, MH. Pocket Oxford Chinese Dictionary, 4th Edition. Oxford University Press, 2009. ISBN: 978-0-19-800597-0.

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.