This is a novice to intermediate course in Modern Standard Chinese designed for students who have limited or no previous background in the language. This course adopts different pedagogical approaches to help students acquire basic skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Modern Standard Chinese. While linguistic elements are the focus of this course, cultural information that goes along with language usage is also included in the teaching as well. The emphases in this class are on (a) building vocabulary and sentence patterns in communicative contexts, (b) establishing a solid foundation in pronunciation, and (c) developing awareness of Chinese culture.