Fall 2021 - CHIN 390 C100

Advanced Chinese Reading (3)

Advanced Chinese Reading

Class Number: 5467

Delivery Method: Distance Education


  • Course Times + Location:

    Distance Education

  • Prerequisites:

    CHIN 291 or permission of the instructor.



Introduces specialized vocabulary, sentence patterns, word formation and semantic nuances through popular science readings covering a broad array of subjects such as math, physics, computer science etc. Intended for students of intermediate to advanced Chinese reading, to improve their reading skills for documents with an academic focus.


Chin390 is an online course for students with upper intermediate level of Chinese to improve their skills in reading. Emphasis is on building specialized vocabulary, understanding documents with an academic focus, and developing overall reading strategies. The course introduces advanced grammar structures, word formation and semantic nuances through popular science readings covering a broad array of science and technology subjects.


Chin 390 aims at improving students' Chinese proficiency by focusing on reading. The course will enable students to 1) expand their vocabulary significantly, especially the specialized science and technology vocabulary; 2) comprehend texts with a variety of academic subjects; 3) build up aural and writing skills as a preparation to participate in academic activities in Chinese.


  • Reading Unit Assignments 36%
  • Writing Assignments 24%
  • Chapter Quizzes 12%
  • Final Exam 28%



Recommended text:

Oxford advanced Learner's English-Chinese Dictionary, The commercial Press & Oxford University Press, 2004, ISBN 7-100-04157-0/H. 1030
Oxford-FLTRP English-Chinese Chinese-English Dictionary, Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press & Oxford University Press, 2010, ISBN 9787560095592
Or other similar English-Chinese Chinese-English dictionaries

Centre for Online and Distance Education Notes:

All courses are delivered through Canvas.  Students will have access starting the first day of classes.   

Required Readings are the responsibility of the student to purchase. Textbooks are available for purchase online through the SFU Bookstore's website. 

All courses have an Additional Course Fee of $40.This fee is not associated primarily with physical materials. This also supports developing tools and rich web resources embedded throughout the activities, assignments and videos.

If your course has a take-home exam, please refer to Canvas for further details. 

Students are responsible for following all Exam Policies and Procedures (e.g., missing an exam due to illness).

NOTE: This course outline was accurate at the time of publication but is subject to change. Please check your course details in Canvas.

*Important Note for U.S. citizens: As per the U.S. Department of Education, programs offered in whole or in part through telecommunications, otherwise known as distance education or correspondence are ineligible for Federal Direct Loans. This also includes scenarios where students who take distance education courses outside of their loan period and pay for them with their own funding, and attempt to apply for future Federal Direct Loans. 

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Registrar Notes:


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Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


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.