The most beautiful environment for learning Chinese Chinese Language Center at National Sun Yat-sen University 最美的華語學習環境─國立中山大學華語教學中心
New choice for learning Chinese
The Center was founded in 1997 as a very new type of unit. In Taiwan, there are Chinese language centers attached to fourteen universities, but they are concentrated in the north of Taiwan. Considering that more and more foreigners are now coming to the south of Taiwan, National Sun Yat-sen University set up a Chinese language center.
Students who learn Chinese in this university can enjoy the beautiful scenery of sea and mountains, creating an excellent learning environment. The Chinese class begins once each term and takes 100 students. So far, students learning Chinese have come from 33 different countries. Of these, fifty percent came from Japan and Korea and many others were exchange students from America and Canada. Some were interested in Chinese language; some came with family members who obtained jobs in Kaohsiung; and sometimes a whole family took the class together.
Excellent teachers & programs
The head of the Chinese Center, Professor Mei-chih Tsai, has said that there is today much demand for learning Chinese. Many foreigners have begun to learn Chinese. Although many people go to China to learn Chinese, foreigners and natives there live in largely separate accommodation. By contrast, in Taiwan, not only are foreigners able to join in with the natives life, but also there is no problem of adaptation because the life style of Taiwan is like that of big cities all over the world.
All the teachers in this center are graduates from universities at home or abroad and are fully qualified as teachers of Chinese. The curriculum is divided into "general curriculum" and "specialist curriculum." The general curriculum involves twelve-level training for four abilities - listening, speaking, reading and writing. The specialist curriculum follows the general curriculum. According to the needs and abilities of students, options in conversation, reading and writing, culture, and other special areas are available. At present, there is a class for the southern Fukien dialect so that foreigners staying in the Greater Kaohsiung Area can improve their understanding of the essentials of native culture.
Various activities & students
Small classes─around three to eight students each class─are held in the CLC of National Sun Yat-sen University. Students can receive comprehensive and excellent supervision while also having opportunities for mutual activities with other students. One student, Sasaki Tetsuo, from Japan, who liked this kind of training very much said that learning a different culture by taking the same class with other foreigners from different countries was a wonderful thing besides leaning the language. During his undergraduate days, Sasaki Tetsuo had taken a class in Chinese language just for his "leisure". At the outset, he could not speak Chinese at all. However, after one year in the CLC, he spoke Chinese fluently: when he was interviewed by the press in Chinese, he showed that during his year of learning Chinese, his speaking and reading improved a lot!
The CLC has not only all necessary visual-audio equipment and computers but also a rich collection of books for student use. To help students learn about and join in Taiwan's life, the center regularly organizes many activities. For example: a karaoke competition of Chinese songs; a competition for foreigners speaking Chinese; a visits to a traditional clay kiln; a trip Meinung to learn about Hakka Culture; pottery making; trips to historic sights; tasting the traditional dishes in Tainan; and bowling games. Such arrangements not only help the students understand Taiwanese culture but also enable the students to make friends with each other.
The rich curriculum and extracurricular program enable foreigners coming to Taiwan for the first time to get on quickly with their studies and their life. Thus it can be claimed that the CLC of National Sun Yat-sen University is quite simply the best place to learn Chinese.
For more information http://www2.nsysu.edu.tw/CLC/