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CINT 1210 - Basic Mandarin and Chinese Culture

Confucius Institute Part-time Studies Course

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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 or do not have previous knowledge of Chinese language.





Fall 2019

Below is one offering of this course for the Fall 2019 term.

CRN 38134

Wed Sep 11 - Wed Nov 27 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 11 - Nov 27 Wed 17:30 - 20:30 BBY NE01 Rm. 209



Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. Please contact Eva Wong ( or 604-412-7546) for registration approval.

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

CINT 1210 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Business

  1. Accounting
    Full-time/Part-time   Bachelor of Accounting
  2. Bachelor of Business Administration
    Full-time/Part-time   Bachelor of Business Administration


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