UH Introduces a New Course Series: Chinese for Business Professionals

UH now offers a series of courses entitled “Chinese for Business Professionals” (商务中文课程). The courses range from introductory through advanced levels and incorporate a specialized, intensive curriculum. The courses are open to regular UH Mānoa students and non-business students are welcome to enroll.

Chinese for Business Professionals is a specialized series of Chinese language courses tailored to the needs of professionals planning to do business with China or to live and work in the Chinese-speaking world. These practically-oriented courses, which are now open to all students at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, were originally designed as part of the comprehensive China International MBA program and are strongly focused on spoken and written communication and on culturally appropriate behavior in the workplace. These intensive courses will offer a solid foundation for all professionals, even those with a non-business orientation. Each course covers approximately one year-level in one semester’s time. Classes meet four days a week, two hours per day, and confer eight semester credits each. Placement is determined based on previous language attainment in standard Mandarin Chinese.

Successful completion of CHN 205 will fulfill the Hawaiian / Second Language undergraduate core requirement. All of the courses can fulfill language requirements in various disciplines.

THE COURSES

CHN 105 – Elementary Chinese for Business Professionals – 8 credits
Accelerated, intensive elementary course focusing on everyday listening, speaking, reading, and writing communicative needs of business professionals in the Chinese business context. Pre: consent. Fall semester only. This course is introductory and appropriate for students with no previous Chinese language training.

CHN 205 – Intermediate Chinese for Business Professionals – 8 credits
Accelerated, intensive intermediate course focusing on everyday listening, speaking, reading, and writing communicative needs of business professionals in the Chinese business context. Pre: 105 (or equivalent) or consent. Focuses on communicative scenarios common in business contexts.

CHN 305 – Third-Year Chinese for Business Professionals – 8 credits
Accelerated, intensive advanced course focusing on general advanced listening, speaking, reading, and writing communicative needs of business professionals in the Chinese business context. Pre: 205 (or equivalent) or consent. Focuses on general business scenarios using advanced skills, such as making presentations and professional reports.

CHN 405 – Fourth-Year Chinese for Business Professionals – 8 credits
Accelerated, intensive advanced course focusing on specialized advanced listening, speaking, reading, and writing communicative needs of business professionals in the Chinese business context. Pre: 305 (or equivalent) or consent. Spring semester only. Strong focus on language use in specialized business fields such as finance, marketing, accounting, and law, and on analysis of Chinese business culture. Language production includes preparation and presentation of extended research on business topics, such as case studies.

For placement or more information, contact Haidan Wang; haidan@hawaii.eduThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ; (808) 956-6881.