About the Department of Taiwanese Languages and Literature, NTCU
1. Current situation
Our department started to recruit students in 2004, and at present there are four undergraduate year students (i.e. Freshmen , Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors.). Besides, we have seven full-time teachers, and every teacher has very outstanding achievements in the academic research and the teaching performance.
Our department is equipped with the recording studio, the specialized classroom with an acting stage or with the digital AV apparatus, and so on. Each classroom is set with the e-learning related apparatus, such as a projector, a computer, and the network, etc. In Addition, we also establish a small library for keeping precious Taiwanese books.
3. Research areas
Linguistics, Language Geography, Folklore, Taiwan(ese) Literature, Taiwanese Digital Archives, and so on.
From 2004 to 2011, our faculty members have got 21 projects sponsored by the National Science Council, and they’ve also got several significant awards individually, such as NSC Research Award, Golden Bell Award for broadcasting, the second Prize for the Competition of Taiwanese literature composition – new poetry, Rong-Hou Taiwan Poet Award, Outstanding Contribution Award for promoting mother tongue language, Excellent Teaching Material Award, Creative Media Award, etc.
Our students manifest outstanding merits: From 2005 to 2011, they have obtained 319 awards magnificently. As for the related details, you may refer to “the Billboard of the Students’ Awards” on our website..
Except for the liberal and education-related curriculum, there are 50 credits of compulsory classes for all the students of the department, and there are 78 credits of elective classes which are divided into two groups: (1) Language and Literature Group—25 credits , and (2) Arts and Culture Group—24 credits.
Besides, we have five ways to facilitate our teaching:
Language used in all the classes: Mostly in the Minnan language.
Clubs: Encouraging the students to organize clubs of Taiwanese language, culture and arts.
Language proficiency tests: The graduating students have to pass qualifying exams for the competence of Minnan, Hakka, English, and Japanese.
Extra-curricular internship: Over and above the internship for the Teacher Education Program, every student must finish 720 hours of extra-curricular internship and needs to participate in Taiwanese related lectures outside or inside school, workshops, folk activities, language competitions, debates, creative design, performance, cultural investigations and other related activities; or chooses to serve as volunteers concerning their native language or culture. Within 720 hours of extra-curricular internship, there should be at least 80 hours of activities held by our department.
Graduation project: Before graduation, every student must choose an advisor to supervise his graduation project. The project can be academic research paper, literature work, oral art performance, and so on.
6. Future development
Further study: Our students may further their education by going to the graduate schools of linguistics, Taiwanese languages, Taiwanese literature, folklore, or traditional arts, and so on.
Prospective Career: The students who opt for receiving the training of teaching program will mostly become elementary school teachers, and the other students may go for the following career: academic researcher, broadcaster, journalist, secretary, tour guide, community service worker, culture and art director, academic research assistant, writer or editor in Taiwanese literature area.
Examination: Our students are qualified to take examinations for civil service, tour guide or tour manager, and so forth.