Chinese Level 1
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Languages
Department: Foreign Languages
Course Number: NCHM 1001
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
This is the first part of a three-course elementary sequence that introduces the fundamentals of Mandarin Chinese speaking, listening, reading, and writing. The goal of the course is for students to acquire essential vocabulary, an understanding of sentence patterns in a communicative context, and a solid foundation in tone recognition and pronunciation. As the course develops, students acquire the ability to hold simple conversations in Chinese in such contexts as offering greetings, introducing family members, and discussing times and dates. Simplified characters are used to introduce reading and writing. No prior knowledge of Chinese is assumed.