Introductory Chinese, (CHI 1001) and its subsequent course (CHI 1002), are introductory Chinese courses for true beginners. This course will be taught at half the pace of instruction compared to Elementary Chinese (CHI 101/CHI 102). The goal is to develop students' competence in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Both the Pinyin Romanization system and simplified characters will be used in class. After taking CHI 1001 and CHI 1002, students will develop basic abilities to handle simple survival situations in Chinese, to read and write over 300 Chinese characters, and be well prepared for more advanced and intensive study in Chinese.