Welcome to the Ming Chuan University, the big family that is committed to quality higher education that harnesses student’s natural learning ability. Ming Chuan is a multidisciplinary university. With the school pedagogical philosophy, “every child is our child", Ming Chuan has established an innovated curriculum that promotes learning and embraces each student’s difference. Thereby, the moment you selected Ming Chuan, you have promised yourself a realization of academic success and personal fulfillment. It is our mission: to train and prepare you with the skills and knowledge that enable you to achieve your goals.
"Change" is the expectation of the U.S. President Barack Obama to his country. Now, I would ask you to think seriously about this topic: Are you willing to give yourself a chance to achieve excellence? You are giving yourself this opportunity while you join the department of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language (TCSL) at Ming Chuan University.
From its inception, TCSL has made Chinese Language Teaching and Bilingual Education as its focus. Thanks to all the efforts of its former directors and presidents of the Students Association, TCSL has an established a good foundation. More specifically, TCSL has innovated its curricular in both content and form, including experiential bi-instructors courses and practicum to support a broader set of student aspirations, ranging from Chinese, English, Education and Information in the next four years. Therefore, the moment you chose TCSL, you have promised yourself a brighter future while acquiring the skills to tackle various challenges ahead.
TCSL is committed to endowing you with the knowledge that you will need in your future endeavors. To become a Chinese language teacher, your major responsibility is to teach students whose mother tongues are not Chinese to speak and learn Chinese. Therefore, in the next four years, TCSL not only teaches the latest and most innovative pedagogical theories and techniques, but also incorporates three elements of Chinese - language, literature and culture – needed to meet the demands in the future. Specifically, we give you the tools and skills to advance with the times while using the latest technology to teach Chinese. This is going to be a magnificent journey.
Nevertheless, to fully embrace the advantages, you need to answer the following questions:
How can I enhance my ability to become the vanguard of Chinese education?
How can I manage time and complete all aspects of learning?
How can I construct and self-realize my life as a whole?
The answers are developing abilities in all aspects, managing time and exploring your personal strength. Firstly, developing abilities in all aspects is the key to Chinese education. It is useful to dedicate the four years in TCSL as the year of Chinese, the year of English, the year of Education, and the year of Information respectively. During that specific year, you are to strengthen and broaden intellectual knowledge of that particular course and strive the best. Your E-portfolio will record every effort and achievement you have made during the four years so that you will have a clear appreciation of your strength and weakness.
Secondly, time management is critical to your academic success. To enhance your learning, the Moodle Learning Platform has multiple functions ranging from homework assistance to psychological consultation while attending a various extracurricular activities of student clubs. In addition, the “Teaching and Learning Resource Center” is where you can find specific assistance to meet your needs. For instance, you can exchange ideas with many international students on Fridays on English Exchange Day and attend free TOEIC course to improve your English ability.
Finally, it is also important to identify and to nurture your personal talents. For instance, it would be a wonderful experience to assign in the news anchor selection contest and compete for the best anchor held together by Ming Chuang news station, TVBS and CTS, if you are interested in journalism. Or even better, you can participate the training for the volunteers of twelve representatives who guide and assist our honorable guests from abroad and celebrate our nation’s birthday.
To move forward this mission, Ming Chuan gives serious attention to skills training and set graduation thresholds on English, Chinese, and Information Technology to ensure our graduates are competitive and to stand above in both national and international work forces. Finally, I shall remind you to pay close attention to your learning so that you will enjoy learning and have a prosperous future.