Learn Chinese in Taiwan - YouTube ChannelThe MOE worked with Logan D. Beck, a YouTube enthusiast, to produce two videos about Taiwan’s culture and learning Mandarin: Dajia Mazu Pilgrimage, and Taiwan Night Market Street Food. The first video drew 50,000 views the night it was launched and it’s been watched more than 190,000 times since. The global demand for Chinese language education led to the planning and implementation of the Eight-year Chinese Language Education Promotion Plan (2013–2020). Taiwan’s Chinese language education sector has been vigorously marketing itself internationally, and the Office of Global Mandarin Education (OGME) was set up to integrate the Chinese language education resources in Taiwan. We'll keep updating videos relating to Mandarin on this YouTube channel. Welcome to subscribe us at『Office of Global Mandarin Education』 LoganDBeck - 2018 Dajia Mazu Pilgrimagehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSNqdbRV_a8&t=328s LoganDBeck - Taiwan Night Market Street Foodhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sXiMFHviEs&t=366s
Information of TOCFL Nov. 2018Please be notified that the Listening & Reading CBT, Speaking and Writing formal TOCFL test of 2018 will be administered on Nov 3 and 4. The registration period is from Sep 25 to Oct 9, 2018. Welcome the candidates who are non-native speakers of Chinese to take the test. The test seats are limited, seize the chance![More Details] [Register for Test] [Issuance of TOCFL Certificates Regulations]※Take the three tests (Listening & Reading, Speaking and Writing), you can get 20% off your test fee. [Registration Process for Discount]※Those who take TOCFL test on Nov 3rd at Tzu Chi University (Hualien) will have a chance to win the three-days tour of “Hualien Mini Trip, Fun with Chinese” for free (original cost at NT$2500). Only 3 lucky winners! Please refer to 3 days Hualien- tour for detail：http://www.language.tcu.edu.tw/?page_id=2189※To secure your slot, you must make your payment in 3 days once you register. Source：Steering Committee for the Test Of Proficiency-Huayu, SC-TOP
36 EU officials join research, Mandarin programs at Taiwan UniversitiesTAIPEI (Taiwan News) – In a statement on Aug. 22, the Ministry of education released a statement in promotion of an educational exchange program with the European Union.The program promotes Mandarin language education as well as research in various fields at Taiwanese universities. Over the summer of 2018, 36 European Union officials involved in government position related culture, education, economy and trade came to Taiwan this summer to study Mandarin. The educational exchange program was established 10 years ago in 2007 and has been a great asset to establishing closer ties with the European Union over the past decade.Under the program, EU representatives join participate in academic activities at National Chengchi University (NCCU) and Fu Jen Catholic University. A delegation focused on political and economic research participated in seminars at NCCU from Aug. 5 through Aug. 17, meanwhile a delegation focused on language and culture research joined a two-week intensive Mandarin language program at Fu Jen University from Aug. 4 through Aug. 17. The head of the EU Education, Culture and Audiovisual Executive Agency, Theiry Devars, was also in Taiwan to promote educational opportunities for Taiwanese students in the EU. Devars said the educational partnerships between Taiwan and the EU are solid, and that the number of Taiwanese students studying in the EU continues to grow year by year, reports CNA. The chief of the Ministry of Education’s Office of International and Cross-strait Education, Bi Zu-An (畢祖安) said the summer research exchange program continues to help cultivate strong bilateral ties with the EU. It provides a regular opportunity for academic exchange and gives Taiwanese officials a chance to meet with EU representatives in various fields, promoting stronger bilateral ties every year. Source:Taiwan News
Ministry of Education and National Taiwan University create a free online course “Learning Chinese: Start from Scratch”Organization：Department of International and Cross-strait Education According to the “Ethnologue: Languages of the World” website, there are now 1.1 billion Chinese users in the world, roughly 1/7 of the world’s population, and more and more people are learning Chinese. “Chinese Fever” has been spreading like wild fire in the past decade, and in response, the Ministry of Education and National Taiwan University have created a new online course for learning Chinese: “Learning Chinese: Start from Scratch”. The course is being offered on Coursera, the largest MOOCs platform in the world (Website: https://www.coursera.org/learn/learn-chinese-mandarin), and it will be free for all learners. It can also be used by educators as a supplementary teaching resource. The course is designed for beginner-level learners of Chinese and spans six weeks. Everyday scenarios and conversations, and videos, photos, animation, and comics are used throughout the course to enhance memorization and understanding. Features: Learners only hear Chinese: All the course videos are completely in Chinese. The videos present typical real-life scenarios and everyday conversations with a step-by-step approach, to help learners understand the contexts. BOPPPS model: There is a 40-minute video and quiz each week, designed to help effective learning. The videos incorporate BOPPPS, a popular lesson planning framework. Gamification: The course designers worked with PaGamO—a company that has won the Reimagine Education award—to incorporate game-related components into the course, to enhance learner motivation and enjoyment. The course starts on Coursera on August 31 and it will then be repeated every six weeks. Learners can register on Coursera using their e-mail or Facebook account from August 20. Anyone is welcome to register at any time. The Digital Learning Center of National Taiwan University will hold several workshops for educators on ways to use this online course. Please visit its website for more details. (https://www.dlc.ntu.edu.tw/)
Global Mandarin Fever on rise, Mandarin On-the-Go is on the rageAccording to the statistics of Ethnology, Mandarin users in the world have reached 11 million, accounting for 1/7 of world population. In order to encourage foreigners to learn Mandarin in Taiwan, the Ministry of Education (MOE) has invited the Ministry of Transportation and Communication’s Tourism Bureau, and the Small and Medium Enterprise Administration of the Ministry of Economic Affairs to be co-organizers to promote the “Mandarin On-the-Go in Taiwan” program, and draw up complementary measures for foreigners learning Mandarin in Taiwan. MOE trains more than 400 Mandarin teachers to teach overseas, including in India, the Philippines, New Zealand, Australia, and dozens of other countries. Foreigners can feel an open minded academic atmosphere and experience the beauty of Chinese culture and traditional characters. In addition to this, MOE cooperates with professional Mandarin teachers and has developed the “Mandarin 101” online learning tool to meet the needs of foreigners temporarily staying in Taiwan. Origin of Mandarin Promotion by MOE According to Andy Cheu-An Bi, the Director General of the Department of International and Cross-strait Education, Ministry of Education, promotion of Mandarin teaching is based on the global requirements of Mandarin education. The ”Eight-year Chinese Language Education Promotion” was planned and has been executed since 2013, integrating resources from different fields and related institutions and promoting it in diverse ways, such as the “Mandarin On-the-Go in Taiwan” program which was launched by MOE, which integrated resources of tourism and Mandarin teaching and developed a brand new learning model. Andy Cheu-An Bi pointed out that the advantage of learning Mandarin in Taiwan is that the quality can be ensured, and you can experience the beauty of Chinese culture and traditional characters. For example, the word “door” will lose its imagery if written in simplified characters, and we only know how to “love” unless we have a “heart”. He mentioned that reason for Mandarin fever happening among foreigners is their desire to learn about Chinese culture. We can show them our culture through festivals and tourism and these will make learning more interesting. “Working with domestic experts to develop an online mandarin learning course is for the purpose of building a complete learning system. We are following the wave of globalization, and TOCFL, The Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language in Taiwan just gained recognition by the Hungary Language Centre and Vietnam Government.” Regarding to globalization of Taiwan’s Mandarin, said Andy Bi, these are all big steps for study and employment. In the future, MOE will integrate an information platform and make use of online learning, online influencer marketing, culture promotion, and combining resources of overseas education fairs to catch people’s eyes. “Give me a place to stand and I will move the earth.” As the Principal of Leverage said, MOE hopes the export and import of Mandarin education can spend less effort while achieving more results.
Mandarin 101 makes learning Basic Survival Language easierProfessor Zhang has been teaching Mandarin for almost 20 years. He said that in the past, learning Mandarin was a difficult task for foreign students, especially the characters and pronunciation. Professor Zhang has been teaching Mandarin for almost 20 years. He said that in the past, learning Mandarin was a difficult task for foreign students, especially the characters and pronunciation. Mandarin 101 helps them to learn Basic Survival Language easier. The majority of Taiwan’s foreign students have a keen interest in the history and art culture of Taiwan’s traditional characters. Their purpose of learning Mandarin is beyond use for communication, but also for passing down culture. Professor Zhang said that the open-minded academic environment of Taiwan is safer for them to discuss and do research. “Mandarin is a product of wisdom from Chinese’s 5000 years of history. It’s difficult to sum up in a word or master the language within a short stay. Mandarin 101 was born to solve this.” Professor Zhang said bluntly. This material is suitable for beginners, and foreigners can learn 66 grammar points, 372 vocabulary, and 624 words in a short period. Self-recommendation, ordering food, asking for help, directions, accommodation, and hospitality. In the past, foreigners thought that a lot of vocabulary had to be learned before communicating with others. Mandarin 101 teaches them Basic Survival Language. Currently, Mandarin 101 has launched a beta version in universities in Japan, the Philippines, and other countries, Professor Zhang hopes that it can be put into use after the material is completed. After finishing the foundational learning, it can be used according to different professions and fields.