Development and Focus
This program enrolls internationals with various native languages and different cultural backgrounds. In contrast to training students whose native language is Mandarin to teach Mandarin as a second language where the training focus is primarily on “How to Teach,” our program focuses on “How Learners Should Learn,” which is a focal point of departure from the other way around.
When internationals come to study in Taiwan in a university setting, they are already learning Mandarin in daily life. Those successful learners are often the ones with excellent learning strategies. Such a total immersion on top of our course design will be a definitely a plus for those intending to pursue teaching Mandarin as a second language.
The strength of our program is drawn from all the departments of the College of Arts, including Chinese Department, Foreign Languages and Literature Department, History Department, Japanese Department, Philosophy Department, and the English Language Center as well as our Chinese Language Center under THU Office of International Relations.
Our international faculty, special course design and bilingual instruction (English/Chinese) will help construct ability in linguistic analysis and reinforce delivery in teaching. Besides obtaining a major here in Taiwan, our program offers the opportunity of a second specialty. It is hoped that there will soon be many foreign teachers of Mandarin as a second language.