This Online synchronous course is the first course of a two-part sequence, which introduces the fundamentals of speaking, listening, reading and writing in Japanese. It is designed for students with no prior training in the target language. Students acquire elementary grammar, build vocabulary, and practice basic conversations. While enhancing their communicative skills, students acquire knowledge of the Japanese-speaking world. The course utilizes a multimedia textbook program, including an electronic workbook with audio, video, chapter exercises, and activities. Students are required to purchase this multimedia textbook in order to take the course.