Mandarin I is a beginner-level course in Mandarin Chinese. The purpose of the course is to facilitate the practical application of the language in oral and written communication. In addition to improving students’ fluency and proficiency in spoken Mandarin, the course focuses on developing students’ abilities in character writing, recognition as well as reading and writing in Chinese characters. The class will be conducted in Mandarin Chinese only. While becoming familiar with the Chinese-speaking world, students will learn language skills that enable them to function in Chinese in everyday contexts.