Fall 2021 - CHIN 330 D100

Intermediate Chinese for Business I (3)

Class Number: 7147

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:


  • Prerequisites:

    CHIN 291 or permission of the instructor.



Designed for learners of intermediate to advanced levels, this course introduces Chinese business terminology, concepts and practices through studying real business cases in contemporary China.


This course is designed for students of intermediate to low-advanced levels who want to further improve their language skills with an emphasis on commercial interactions and business-related activities in or with contemporary China. This course introduces vocabulary, expressions and practices in business contexts via the use of a text of formal instruction, newspaper articles, real business cases and other business-related documents. Through a teaching approach that combines language learning with task-based instruction, this course not only aims to develop students’ linguistic competence in business but also to cultivate their intercultural competence by raising their awareness of the Chinese business etiquette and social values/ traditions.

PLEASE NOTE: This course will be taught using a hybrid mode of instruction, which combines a two-hour online component with a weekly two hour in-person tutorial in the classroom. The online instruction component is supported by asynchronous activities and assignments. Students are required to attend the scheduled D101 tutorial for synchronous activities.

Registration is based on departmental approval through placement interviews.

Placement for Fall 2021 will be conducted virtually in July-August. Please contact jiaf@sfu.ca for placement details. You may be asked to display your unofficial High School TranscriptSFU Advising Transcript and SFU ID with you at the placement.  

Zoom placement sessions are on Thursdays at 1:30 - 2:30pm on July 8th, July 15th, and July 22nd.

Course participants are expected to be able to read in simplified Chinese effectively before registering in this course. Students who have been formally educated in Chinese and have achieved intermediate to low advanced level of proficiency in Mandarin Chinese are welcome to apply. Students who have completed CHIN291 and/or CHIN390 or have equivalent credits are encouraged to apply.

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


  • Participation 5%
  • Class projects 25%
  • Assignment 10%
  • Two Tests 30%
  • Quizzes 15%
  • Oral Test 15%



A+ 96-100    B+ 83-86    C+ 70-74        D 50-58  

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

A- 87-90       B-  75-78   C-   59-64



Yuan, Fangyuan (2014) Business Chinese for Success: Real cases from real Companies. Beijing University Press.  Beijing. ISBN: 9787301249598.

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.