This is an introductory course in Mandarin Chinese (Putonghua) designed for students who have had little or no prior exposure to Chinese language. Its goal is to lay a good foundation for Chinese for further study, and to strive for an all-round development of communicative competence in listening, speaking, reading and writing in modern Chinese. It provides basic training of pronunciation and tones, syntactic structures and usage, commonly used vocabulary for day-to-day life, and character recognition and writing.