Chinese 1 is an introductory course to the Chinese language and culture. It introduces the student to the basics of pronunciation, grammatical structures, and character writing systems that enable the student to participate in basic conversation and self-expression. Students gain beginning proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The introduction of cultural products, practices, and perspectives is also an integral part of the course. This course is designed for non-native/non-heritage students; simplified characters are taught.