The trend of internationalization has resulted in a steady increase in international and exchange students over the years, while the nearby Hsinchu Science Park and its high-tech industries have attracted many foreign professionals to Taiwan. To answer the need to learn Chinese, the Chinese Language Center of National Chiao Tung University (NCTU) was founded in 2005 under the Office of Academic Affairs. The aim was to provide Chinese language courses to NCTU’s international students, exchange students and international scholars, as well as to foreign professionals working in the Hsinchu Science Park, other foreigners and overseas Chinese visiting Taiwan.
To ensure that appropriate courses continue to be provided at NCTU under a comprehensible teaching organization and structure, the Center was merged with the Language Teaching and Research Center on 1 August 2012. It was renamed the Chinese Language Division of the Language Teaching and Research Center, and became part of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. The purpose of the merge is to facilitate the integration and sharing of teaching resources and allow for more comprehensive and professional planning of Chinese courses, and thus consolidate the Chinese Language Division’s position in overseeing Chinese language studies within both NCTU and the Hsinchu area.
Our courses range from introductory to advanced levels. In additional to NCTU credit courses, courses are also available in the continuing education sector, such as intensive courses, evening courses and regular courses. In collaboration with the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, we provide a Chinese Teaching Program to students at NCTU. We offer core and elective courses in teaching Chinese as a foreign language, as well as organize workshops on Chinese teaching practices to encourage the exchange of practical teaching experiences, thereby providing further learning opportunities for aspiring Chinese teachers. Our effort in Chinese language teaching practices and teacher training have already produced tangible results.
In additional to these courses, we offer one-on-one TA Tutorials, The Chinese Language Circle and sessions with volunteer teachers to provide additional opportunities for learning Chinese outside of the classroom. We also organize Chinese recitation contests, song contests and cultural outings to provide diverse learning opportunities and heighten students’ interest in learning Chinese. These activities also increase the interaction among students and help students gain a deeper understanding to the Chinese language and culture.