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Educational Objectives

It is the goal of the Department of Chinese as a Second Language to cultivate elite professionals in Chinese language pedagogy and research, as well as international experts of Chinese language. In August 2012, the Graduate Institute of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language (founded in 1995 with Master’s and Ph.D. programs) and Department of Chinese Language and Culture for International Students (founded in 2006 with only undergraduate program) were combined to become the current department, offering both undergraduate and graduate programs in teaching Chinese as second language.

Brief History

  • 1994 The Ministry of Education approved to the establishment of Graduate Institute of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language.
  • 1995 Master’s program established. The first degree-offering program in TCSL in Taiwan.
  • 1996 Began to admit international students.
  • 1997 Launched student teaching overseas.
  • 1997 Simultaneous distance instruction of Chinese with foreign universities.
  • 2003 Ph.D. program established.
  • 2005 Part-time Master’s program established (two incoming classes).
  • 2006 Part-time Master’s program established in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • 2006 Department of Chinese Language and Culture for International Students established (first undergraduate program in Taiwan to admit only international students).
  • 2006 Master’s program with concentration in Overseas Chinese Education and Studies established (has now merged with other department).
  • 2007 Began offering credit courses for non-majors.
  • 2012 Graduate Institute of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language and Department of Chinese Language and Culture for International Students combined to become Department of Chinese as a Second Language.

Graduate Programs

Our department places high emphasis on both research and training for our Master’s and Ph.D. students. While we endeavor to foster professionalism, scholastic esteem and internationalism of Chinese language pedagogy, we also dedicate ourselves to training and preparing our students to be top-notch instructors of teaching Chinese as a second language and of heritage learners, and in promoting Taiwan to be a strong foothold for academic research in TCSL or TCFL.

Educational Objectives
Preparing students to be Chinese language instructors with international views. Academic excellence and professionalism of research in Chinese language.
Pedagogical research in teaching Chinese to non-heritage learners. Pedagogical and theoretical research in teaching Chinese as a second language.
Fostering research to develop policy in and promote teaching Chinese internationally. Developing distance instruction across borders and computer-assisted multimedia instructions.

We have specific goals to enhance the scholastic excellence of Ph.D. students.

Educational Objectives for Further Advancement
Innovation and capacity to conduct independent research. Cultivating research professionals in Chinese language studies.

Undergraduate Program

Our undergraduate program accepts international students who use Chinese as their second or foreign language. Our goal is to cultivate professionals with advanced level of Chinese proficiency and cultural communicability in Taiwan and Chinese affairs. We provide the education to equip our students with in-depth knowledge of Chinese culture and historical development, as well as understanding and insight to the behavioral and thinking pattern of Chinese. They would be knowledgeable of the societal state of affairs of Chinese communities and of the political and economic environment of China and Taiwan. They would also have the capacity to use their cross-language and cross-cultural ability to engage in Chinese language teaching, translation, interpretation, trading, cultural exchanges, bilingual tour guide and museum guide work upon graduation.

Department Highlights

Education Highlights
Concrete and specific educational goals that are inline with the demand for international experts. Through our curriculum planning and extra-curriculum, our students are prepared in the following four core dimensions: cognitive knowledge, competency, personal characteristic, value and ethics. We value international academic exchanges; in order to broaden the views of our students, we regularly invite visiting professors from other countries.

Graduate Programs

Our graduate programs aim for academic excellence in numerous areas. One of our goals is to prepare students to be knowledgeable in cross-discipline research and competent in quantitative research, especially in areas such as psychology and cognitive linguistics that are related to second language acquisition. We also provide students with training in modern pedagogical knowledge and teaching skills, such as multimedia instruction, online instruction, action research, backward design and pedagogical experiments.

Our graduate students come from many different backgrounds. While some are admitted through a regular entrance exam, some are admitted by portfolio recommendation because of their foreign language expertise. There are others who are currently teachers of Chinese language, and those who are overseas Chinese or non-heritage international students. This wide spectrum of students allows for multifaceted learning that integrates languages and cultures. Local students make up two-thirds of our student body, and the remaining thirds are overseas Chinese and international students coming from over twenty different countries. With their diverse undergraduate backgrounds, teaching experiences and language abilities, students are highly encouraged to involve in cooperative learning and discussions. The graduate curriculum values pedagogical application and academic research. Students are required to complete student teaching either in Taiwan or overseas. We regularly organize international conferences and East Asian graduate student conferences in TCSL to enhance students’ teaching and academic research capacity.

Part of our pride program is our extra-curriculum, which includes having students involve in international conferences, classroom observations and student teaching. We organize on the average two international conferences a year, providing our professors and students with ample opportunities for academic exchange with scholars from different countries. We also hold numerous lectures and workshops throughout the year. In addition, we arrange to have our students visit different Chinese language centers for classroom observations and study tours. We have signed cooperative agreements with many foreign universities and are well channeled with opportunities for students to complete their student teaching requirement overseas. Students are further encouraged to publish their academic research and participate in the organization of international conferences and/or assume assistant responsibilities in research projects. Through our research projects and curriculum planning, we also regularly conduct distance instructions with foreign universities.

Undergraduate Program

The undergraduate program uses performed culture approach to develop Chinese for Specific Purposes (CSP), which is an innovative approach to TCSL research. The program accepts only international students, and is the first of its kind in Taiwan. Since our students come from over thirty countries, their diversity is an asset to our department. Given their different cultural backgrounds, our curriculum is tailored to their language skills, competency building and professional needs. During their freshman and sophomore years, students take classes with emphasis on Chinese, culture, society and fine arts. In their junior and senior years, they focus on the media, language, literature, history, Chinese language teaching, business Chinese and other applied skill courses. Electives are offered based on the professional interests of students, and instructors are hired accordingly to provide course content with international perspectives. In addition to academic programs, our department also sponsors extracurricular activities such as traditional holiday festivities, competitions related to the use of Chinese language, study tour, etc. to give students the opportunity to be involved in cultural exchanges and to use their language, and to also gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for Taiwan’s culture and geographical regions.

Undergraduate Program at a Glance
First Chinese language department in Taiwan to admit only international students. Students come from over 30 countries.
The department is backed by the solid research endeavor of its Master’s and Ph.D. programs. Emphasis on the teaching and application of Chinese language and culture; values practicality and functionality.
Instructors have rich experience teaching overseas; their academic expertise is multidimensional and cross-disciplines. Innovative research in Chinese for Specific Purposes (CSP).