This manual is designed for students studying elementary level Chinese. It includes 10 lessons plus an introductory lesson on Chinese characters. The study time corresponds to a total of around 32 hours, which may be divided into 2 hour courses over the span of 8 weeks. The vocabulary lists have a reference base of approximately 350 characters. This method is used to promote not only the mastery of a basic level of vocabulary, but also beginning conversation skills. Each theme consists of a short dialogue that is used in everyday conversation. These dialogues allow students to communicate in class and practice the vocabulary that they have learned.