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你好! (Ni hao!) Welcome to the Chinese language class at the Morgan School! It is my great pleasure to study Chinese with you and I plan to make the studying of Chinese an exciting and memorable experience this year.

Foreign language study is essential today, not only to meet the requirements of higher education institutions, but also because of the expanding global economy and ever increasing job opportunities requiring one or more languages other than English. Rapid expansion of international business creates a need for more knowledge of international cultures as well as proficiency in foreign languages. In order to prepare our future leaders to be competitive, students must develop communicative competence in languages.   

Our goal is to continue to improve our listening, speaking, reading, and writing capabilities and to acquire oral and written communication skills in Chinese language and to learn Chinese culture. Mandarin Chinese, the most widely spoken language in the world, is becoming more and more popular. I believe the effort you put into studying Chinese will be of great benefit in the future.