Fall 2021 - CHIN 190 D100

Heritage Mandarin Chinese I (3)

Class Number: 4441

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    AQ 5025, Burnaby


  • Prerequisites:

    This course is for students of Chinese origin who have native or near native speaking ability in Chinese (Mandarin or other dialects), but limited knowledge of written Chinese.



An introductory course for heritage language learners who have native or near native speaking ability in Chinese (Mandarin or other dialects), but limited knowledge of written Chinese. Mandarin Chinese phonetic system, basic grammar and 300 Chinese characters are introduced to improve students competences in spoken Mandarin and modern written Chinese.


This course aims to develop Chinese-heritage students’ communicative competence in listening, speaking, reading and writing in spoken Mandarin and modern written Chinese, with an emphasis on reading and writing. By the end of the course, students are expected to master Mandarin Chinese Phonetics (Pinyin) and have a good command of Mandarin pronunciation. Students will learn about 300 Chinese characters and gain basic reading and writing skills in Chinese.

PLEASE NOTE: The course has two major components in its delivery: 1) 2 hours per week of in-class lecture, which includes grammar, text analysis, and cultural topic discussion and presentation; 2) asynchronous online learning activities, which covers independent vocabulary learning, individual reading and writing practice, and group communication activities. The asynchronous online learning takes approximately six to eight hours per week. Students need a computer and internet access to use SFU Canvas for online learning.

STUDENT SUITABILITY FOR THIS COURSE: This course is for students of Chinese origin who are able to communicate orally on daily routine subjects with very limited reading and writing skills. Students who are not sure about their level or suitability for this course should consult the instructor before registering: cxie@sfu.ca


  • Class participation 5%
  • Assignments 25%
  • Vocab Quiz 15%
  • Lesson Test 30%
  • Presentation 10%
  • Composition 15%


Grading Scale

A+ = 96-100                       B+  = 83-86                        C+ = 70-74                         D = 50-59

A   = 91-95                          B    = 79-82                         C   = 65-69                         F = 0-49

A-  = 87-90                         B-  = 75-78                         C-  = 60-64



For simplified font user:
Liu and Wang (Eds.), A Primer For Advanced Beginners of Chinese (simplified character version) Vol. One, Columbia University Press, 2004. ISBN 0-231-13567-x


For traditional font user:
Yanping Xie, A Primer for Advanced Beginners of Chinese: (traditional Characters version) Vol. One, Columbia University Press, 2002. ISBN 0-231-125550

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).

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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.