Spring 2023 - CHIN 330 B100

Intermediate Chinese for Business I (3)

Class Number: 7423

Delivery Method: Blended


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA

  • 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 is a blended course, which combines an two-hour online component with weekly two hour in-preson classes in the classroom. The online instruction component are supported by asynchronous activities and assignments on Canvas. Students are required to attend the scheduled classes (include Week 1) on campus for synchronous activities.


Registration is based on departmental approval through placement interviews.

Placement for Spring 2023 will be conducted virtually in October to December. Please contact jiaf@sfu.ca for placement details. You may be asked to complete a form and submit your unofficial High School TranscriptSFU Advising Transcript and SFU ID to complete the placement.  

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.


  • Participation 8%
  • Class projects 22%
  • Online Exercises and Assignments 16%
  • Two Tests 34%
  • Quizzes 20%



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.


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Registrar Notes:


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