The Department of Taiwanese Languages and Literature was established in 2004. After the transformation of National Taichung University of Education , this department has become the first one dedicated to training teachers of Taiwanese languages and literature in Taiwan . Beside this main focus, the department also aims to train professionals in the fields of Taiwan Languages and Literature, local Taiwanese culture, community cultural development, vocal media, and tourism. Although the core courses focus on Taiwanese language teaching, plenty of skill-training and knowledge cultivation in various related fields are also covered, such as oral capacity, folk and writer literature, history, geography, culture, customs, music and folk operas of the Taiwanese languages, etc. Since this department was only recently established, it has 6 faculty members, including 1 professor, 2 associate professors, 2 assistant professors, and 1 contracted instructor. 5 of the faculty members have Ph.D. degrees.