• 境外生專區 / International Students Section

1. About

(1) Introduction / 系所簡介

The program is designed for domestic students with foreign language proficiency, as well as international students with Mandarin Chinese proficiency at CEFR-B2 level or equivalent. It features bilingual instruction in both Chinese and English, aiming to incorporate educators from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds into the future training focus for Mandarin Chinese teaching.
 

(2) Teaching and Research Development Priorities / 教學及研究發展重點

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.

(3) Prospects after Graduation/就業市場(畢業出路)

Mandarin Chinese Language Instructors Worldwide


(4) Department Contact Information / 系所聯繫窗口

TEL:04-23590121#31804

email:tcsl@thu.edu.tw

2. Faculty

The program, spearheaded by the College of Humanities at Tunghai University, integrates the expertise and academic resources of various departments within the university, including the Department of Chinese, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Department of History, Department of Philosophy, Department of Japanese, English Center, and the Mandarin Language Teaching Center at the Office of International Affairs. Aligned with the Ministry of Education's 'Expand Enrollment of Overseas Students Action Plan,' this initiative aims to develop an internationally-focused Master's program in Mandarin Chinese teaching with distinctive Tunghai characteristics, attuned to global trends.

With an internationalized faculty team, well-designed courses, and bilingual instruction in Chinese and English, these three elements will effectively cultivate international students' language analysis and classroom teaching capabilities in Mandarin Chinese.

3. Curriculum

(1) Degree Granted

Master of Arts  (M.A.)

in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language

(2) Curriculum Mapping

(3) Required Courses Guideline

  1. All internationals must take Advanced Mandarin in the 1st year, waivable provided passing TOCFL or HSK.
  2. Before graduation, internationals must pass TOCFL and locals must obtain the Certificate of Proficiency for Teaching Chinese as a Second/Foreign Language from MOE.
  3. 72 hours of practicum is required at Chinese Language Centers in universities either domestic or abroad or private institutes of the same nature certified by the proprom.

Core Courses (Required)

Credits

—  Chinese Linguistics(Courses offered in collaboration with the Department of Chinese Literature.)

3 credits

—  Introduction to Teaching Chinese as a Second Language

3 credits

—  Second Language Acquisition

3 credits

—  Research Methodology

3 credits

—  Thesis

3 credits

4. Admission

Language Requirement: Proficiency in Chinese at the B2 level or above.

Application Documents:

  1. Autobiography in Chinese or English: Within 1000 words
  2. Statement of Purpose in Chinese or English: Within 1000 words
  3. Photocopy of Proof of Mandarin Chinese Proficiency (e.g., TOCFL, HSK)
  4. Additional documents to support the application.

5. University Experiences

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LclofV7M4I