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This course introduces students to standard Mandarin Chinese language and is designed
for students with no or minimal previous background in spoken or written Mandarin.
Students in this course focus on learning essential vocabulary, practicing pronunciation,
and understanding simple grammatical structures. This knowledge prepares students
to effectively communicate in Mandarin on a limited range of topics related to everyday
situations. Students practice listening and speaking in real-life situations, learn
to read and write Chinese characters, and examine how culture and language interact
in China. In-class activities and course assignments aim to assist students as they
develop the oral proficiency and confidence necessary to initiate simple conversations.
Out-of-classroom experiences such a field trips and guided interactions with native
speakers supplement formal classroom instruction and provide ample opportunities for
practical engagement. In addition, language skills gained in this course support students
to deepen participation in other program and academic activities such as homestays
and the Independent Study Project.Course Number: