This course in standard Mandarin Chinese, the official language of the People’s Republic of China. Chinese 1 is designed to start developing Chinese skills while introducing students to chinese speaking cultures around the world. The four language skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) will be developed in an integrated way through in-class activities ( skits, dialogues, etc.) music, Internet activities, games, etc. Students will learn vocabulary to describe yourself, their family and their everyday life. The knowledge required to recognize and read approximately three hundred basic Chinese characters.