Prerequisite: Term 1 or consent of instructor. Basic Spoken Chinese employs a revolutionary new method designed to have students quickly speaking and comprehending Mandarin Chinese. This course introduces pronunciation, the pinyin transcription system, and conversational Chinese. The emphasis is only on oral proficiency. Learning the Chinese writing system is not required. Required Text: Basic Spoken Chinese: An Introduction to Speaking and Listening for Beginners, (includes DVD/MP3), ISBN-13: 978-0804840156.