Beginning Chinese is designed for students without a knowledge of Chinese and for students whose Chinese language skills are not sufficient to conduct basic communication. The course aims to build students’ fundamental abilities in speaking, listening to, reading, and writing modern Chinese. Students will learn Chinese phonemes through pinyin (the Chinese phonetic system), a working vocabulary of more than 1,000 words, Chinese grammar, and expressions for basic communication. Students will learn how to write emails, letters, and short essays in Chinese. Accuracy in pronouncing tones and using grammar is strongly emphasized. While students will focus on learning the material in the textbooks, class activities utilizing Chinese visual arts, songs, clips of movies and TV programs, and microblogs will help students learn the language efficiently and enjoyably. Students will meet the language assistant twice a week to practice tones and dialogue. Conference sessions will focus on students’ independent studies. By the end of the year, students are expected to comfortably conduct communications regarding daily activities. Students also will complete a group project about a topic in which they have an interest.