Students develop the ability to communicate about themselves and their immediate environment using simple sentences containing basic language structures. This communication is evidenced in all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. The development of students’ ability to communicate orally and in writing remains a focus of the course. Students continue to explore and study themes related to personal and family life, school life and community life. By the end of the course, students will have an expanded knowledge of 300 Chinese characters, with the ability to read and write them in simple sentence structures.