HSK I is part one of a two-part course designed for non-native Chinese learners. It introduces students to the official Chinese language-Mandarin (or Putonghua). The course aims to help students obtain an adequate mastery of basic language skills in both spoken and written Chinese and lay a good foundation for further study. Throughout the semester, this class will also introduce the Chinese culture and tradition to students. Students will learn the Chinese phonology, vocabulary and grammar, and sentence patterns; they will also learn how to read and write Chinese characters. Specifically, through such activities as vocabulary-in-context, sentence pattern practice, listening and reading comprehension, dialogue and role-play, students will learn to use Chinese in speech and writing in common, real-life scenarios. This is a slow-paced class designed to ensure maximum retention and student enjoyment.
UWF staff/faculty that complete both semesters and pass the HSK 1 test are eligible to receive a scholarship to attend the annual summer program in China.