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Basic Mandarin and Chinese Culture CINT 1210

BCIT International Course

International Fees

International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.

Course details

This three credit basic language and culture course is designed for students who have no Chinese background and who have never studied Mandarin before. By passing this course, students will develop four basic language skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing in Mandarin Chinese as well as to have basic knowledge in Chinese culture. The course will include communicative classroom activities and on-line practices to enable students to have a good command of the Chinese pronunciation system and basic grammar knowledge. At the end of the course, students will be able to conduct simple daily conversations and to read and write short sentences. This CINT1210 addresses practical needs in real-life situations. Each class is based on a few scenario(s) that contain the most commonly used expressions. In addition, the course covers many aspects of the Chinese culture. Verbal, non-verbal and multimedia materials will be employed to help enhance all four language skills.


  • Students who do not speak Mandarin and do not have previous knowledge of Chinese language.



Domestic fees


Course offerings

Winter 2024

Below is one offering of CINT 1210 for the Winter 2024 term.

CRN 79200


Wed Jan 10 - Wed Mar 27 (12 weeks)

  • 12 weeks
  • CRN 79200
  • Domestic fees $497.61
    International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees.
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 10 - Mar 27 Wed 17:30 - 20:30 Online


Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.

Domestic fees


Important information
  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Departmental approval needed
  3. International fees are typically three times the amount of domestic fees. Exact cost will be calculated upon completion of registration.
  4. Please contact Eva Wong ( for registration approval. The course will be delivered synchronous through online platform. Courses that are synchronous require regular attendance to weekly scheduled lectures and provide real-time interaction with your instructor and classmates. Class days and times are as noted on the course registration information.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Respond to the most frequently used daily conversations.
  • Communicate in Mandarin in the listed scenarios:
    • Say greeting and farewell in person.
    • Introduce yourself, friends and family members in person and in writing.
    • Ask and tell about date and time.
    • Ask for and give directions.
    • Borrow and return things.
    • Express holiday wishes in person and in writing.
    • Shop in a Chinese store.
    • Tell about personal favorite foods and hobbies.
  • Read Chinese sentences with Pinyin given.
  • Recognize 200 common Chinese words.
  • Write 100 most common Chinese characters.
  • Utilize the Chinese culture knowledge to interact in a Chinese social life.

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2013

Related Programs

Basic Mandarin and Chinese Culture (CINT 1210) is offered as a part of the following programs:

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  1. Accounting
    Bachelor of Accounting Full-time/Part-time
  2. Bachelor of Business Administration
    Bachelor of Business Administration Full-time/Part-time
  3. Global Business Studies
    Associate Certificate Part-time


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