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Mandarin On-the-Go in Taiwan

Origin and mission

The MOEA launched the plan “Mandarin On-the Go in Taiwan” in August, 2016. It invited the Tourism Bureau, MOTC, and the Small and Medium Enterprise Administration, MOEA, to act as the co-organizers. The MOEA developed a new study tour by integrating tourism and Chinese learning resource. By selecting the annual study tours with local features proposed by Chinese language centers in all universities in Taiwan, we invited more foreigners to learn about and experience Taiwan profoundly, and learn Chinese on a study tour in Taiwan.

The mission of “Mandarin On-the Go in Taiwan” is to exceed edutainment, combine tourism and learning, and allow students to experience the local culture and social environment. The special and wonderful characteristics of learning Mandarin in Taiwan are the wise, everlasting cultural tradition, elegant, graceful Traditional Chinese, a free, open society, enthusiastic, professional lecturers, and warm-hearted, kind cities and towns. The life of learning Mandarin on a trip will be definitely unforgettable for students learning Mandarin and enough to support the unshaken will of learning.

  • 2017 Mandarin On the Go in Taiwan

The outcome of the event “Mandarin On-the Go in Taiwan”

2017 “Mandarin On-the Go in Taiwan” in Northern Taiwan: “Day school, Mandarin, Savor, Taipei”

2017 “Mandarin On-the Go in Taiwan” in Northern Taiwan: “Day school, Mandarin, Savor, Taipei” activity photos

[Course material 1-Taipei (English)] [Course material 1-Taipei (Japanese)]
[Course material 2-Ximen (English)] [Course material 2-Ximen (Japanese)]
[Course material 3-Dadaocheng, Beitou, Tamshui (English)] [Course material 3-Dadaocheng, Beitou, Tamshui (Japanese)]

I. School: Chinese Language Center, Tamkang University

II. Theme: Culture and shopping

III. Study tour:

(I) Mandarin Course – Fashion, culture and creativity in Taipei
(II) Mandarin Course – Traditional customs in Ximen
(III) Mandarin Course – Hundred years of trading in Dadaocheng
(IV) Mandarin Course – Hometown of Witch in Beitou
(V) Mandarin Course – Vibe of the small town in Tamshui

IV. Event description:

Taipei is a capital of glamor and glory, and a historical city. Each town in the city has its own charm. Tamkang University designed practical, cultural courses with various themes for these towns, combining tourism with local specialties. While learning Mandarin, foreign students can experience diverse, rich local specialties of Taipei, including the combination of tradition and fashion, small town, mountain village, and important, vintage cities with hundred-years of history in trading.

2017 “Mandarin On-the Go in Taiwan” in Central Taiwan: “Learning Mandarin in a Old Cultural Town, Having fun in the mountain and coastal town in Changhua”

2017 “Mandarin On-the Go in Taiwan” in Central Taiwan: “Learning Mandarin in a Old Cultural Town, Having fun in the mountain and coastal town in Changhua” Group photo 2017 “Mandarin On-the Go in Taiwan” in Central Taiwan: “Learning Mandarin in a Old Cultural Town, Having fun in the mountain and coastal town in Changhua” Poster

I. School: Language Center, National Changhua University of Education

II. Theme: Culture and food

III. Study tour:

(I) Mandarin Course – Shopping in mall
(II) Mandarin Course – Challenge for ordering meals in Bento Street, a tour in Changhua Confucius Temple
(III) Mandarin Course – Baguashan Great Buddha
(IV) Mandarin Course – A tour in Lukang
(V) Mandarin Course – Sharing thoughts

IV. Event description:

A Taiwanese saying goes, “Fucheng, Lugang and Manka”, describing the order of early development in Taiwan and important regions back then. National Changhua University of Education designed a series of courses integrating local culture and food for foreign students based on Lukang. Foreign students will visit local tourism spots, take well-designed Mandarin courses, and experience the special culture during study. The wonder of Taiwan and Changhua are unfolded before the eyes of the foreigners.

2017 “Mandarin On-the Go in Taiwan” in Southern Taiwan: “

I. School: Chinese Language Center, National Sun Yat-sen University

II. Theme: Culture and romance

III. Study tour:

(I) Mandarin Course – Culture of harbor city in Kaohsiung
(II) Mandarin Course – Marine Culture
(III) Mandarin Course – Culture of Temple and Hakka
(IV) Mandarin Course – Culture of Chinese Food
(V) Mandarin Course – Culture of Rural Area

IV. Event description:

Kaohsiung has beautiful views of mountain and ocean, and an unique, diverse culture. National Sun Yat-sen University focuses on five iconic cultures when designing the courses of Mandarin On-the Go in Taiwan, the culture of Kaohsiung as a harbor city, the marine culture, the culture of temple and Hakka, the culture of Chinese food, and the culture of rural area. Foreign students can experience the culture on the spot during learning. The Mandarin courses combine local features with customs. The students can enjoy the tour and having fun learning Mandarin.

2017 “Mandarin On-the Go in Taiwan” in Eastern Taiwan: “Travel light in Hualien, Learning Mandarin in a Happy Way”

2017 “Mandarin On-the Go in Taiwan” in Eastern Taiwan: “Travel light in Hualien, Learning Mandarin in a Happy Way”-Aboriginal cultural experience 2017 “Mandarin On-the Go in Taiwan” in Eastern Taiwan: “Travel light in Hualien, Learning Mandarin in a Happy Way”-Jade Cultural Experience

[Course material]

I. School: Chinese Language Center, Tzu Chi University

II. Theme: Joy, culture and ecology

III. Study tour:

(I) Mandarin Course – Experience with the Culture of Taiwanese Indigenous Peoples
(II) Mandarin Course – Experience with the Culture of Jade and Hakka
(III) Mandarin Course – Mandarin Mission and the Tour of Culture and Creativity
(IV) Mandarin Course – Culture of Chinese food
(V) Mandarin Course – Culture of Rural Area

IV. Event description:

Hualien was chosen as the location for Mandarin On-the Go in Taiwan in Eastern Taiwan. Multifarious, rich cultural experiences and Mandarin courses were provided for foreign students. The culture of Taiwanese Indigenous Peoples, jade culture, Hakka culture, tourism of culture and creativity, Chinese food, and fun in rural areas, are integrated with the well-designed Mandarin courses. Besides learning practical Mandarin, foreign students can also experience the unique culture and local customs of Taiwan and Hualien.

2017 Mazu Pilgrimage “Fun Mazu‧Learn Chinese‧In Taiwan” – Foreigners Learning Mandarin during Mazu Pilgrimage

2017 Mazu Pilgrimage “Fun Mazu‧Learn Chinese‧In Taiwan” – visit Yonghe Temple 2017 Mazu Pilgrimage “Fun Mazu‧Learn Chinese‧In Taiwan” – Tell the story of Mazu

I. Time and venue:

(I) Time: Saturday, March 25, 2017
(II) Venue: Yonghe Temple, Dadu District, Taichung

II. Advisor, organizer and co-organizer:

(I) Advisor: MOEA
(II) Organizer: Feng Chia University
(III) Co-organizer: Yonghe Temple, Dadu District, Taichung

III. Event description:

The courses in previous year were widely praised. This year the courses also focus on Mazu, a special Taiwanese culture, combining tourism and cultural experience, and Mandarin learning. Four core themes were arranged for Mandarin education, the mortal life and legend of Mazu, the local scenic spots during the pilgrimage, the local religious ritual in Taiwan, and the Taiwanese temple integrating historical heritage and local specialties.

2016 Happy Chinese Learning, Happy Lantern Festival

2016 Happy Chinese Learning, Happy Lantern Festival - Foreign students guess riddles 2016 Happy Chinese Learning, Happy Lantern Festival - Foreign student musical instrument performance

[Event video]

I. Time and venue:

(I) Time: Monday, February 22, 2016
(II) Venue: Taipei EXPO Park

II. Organizer and co-organizer:

(I) Organizer: MOEA
(II) Co-organizer: The Department of Civil Affairs of Taipei City Government, Tourism Bureau of MOTC, International Chinese Language Program of National Taiwan University, and Foundation for International Cooperation in Higher Education of Taiwan

III. Event description:

The MOEA, the organizer of the event, and all co-organizers prepared a series of splendid educational, cultural activities during the Lantern Festival, including pipa performance, Taiwanese folk performance and martial arts performance. They held multivariate events for foreign students, including the lantern riddles, Chinese songs for foreign students, and folk song performance. During this event, foreign students can practice and use Mandarin more often, experience the distinctive Taiwanese culture and festival customs.

2016 Fun Mazu‧Learn Chinese‧In Taiwan

[Course material 1] [Course material 2-Religious ritual] [Course material 3-temple and Minnan]
[Event video]

[Event 1] 2016 Opening ceremony of Dajia Mazu Pilgrimage – Student performance

2016 Fun Mazu‧Learn Chinese‧In Taiwan in Dajia Jenn Lenn Temple

I. Time and venue:

(I) Time: Saturday, March 5, 2016
(II) Venue: Dajia Jenn Lenn Temple

II. Advisor, organizer and co-organizer:

(I) Advisor: MOEA
(II) Organizer: Feng Chia University
(III) Co-organizer: Dajia Jenn Lenn Temple

III. Event description:

Feng Chia University was invited to the opening ceremony of Dajia Mazu Pilgrimage, a famous Mazu temple in Taiwan. It is a rare opportunity for foreign students learning Mandarin in Feng Chia University to dress in their traditional clothes and hold their national flag when marching into the venue. Foreign students put on a play in their mother language and Chinese, adding an international flair to this large, traditional, cultural Taiwanese festival.

[Event 2] 2016 Opening ceremony of Dajia Mazu Pilgrimage – Student performance

2016 Fun Mazu‧Learn Chinese‧In Taiwan in Yonghe Temple, Dadu District, Taichung

I. Time and venue:

(I) Saturday, April 9, 2016
(II) Yonghe Temple, Dadu District, Taichung

II. Advisor, organizer and co-organizer:

(I) Advisor: MOEA
(II) Organizer: Feng Chia University
(III) Co-organizer: Yonghe Temple, Dadu District, Taichung

III. Event description:

A cultural tour was held in Yonghe Temple, Dadu District, Taichung for foreign students learning Mandarin in Feng Chia University. They have a chance to crawl under the palanquin, a rare cultural experience. A series of Mandarin culture courses were arranged and divided into six sections, the story of Mazu, temple, religious ritual, scenic areas along the pilgrimage route, daily life Mandarin, and daily life Minnan. The foreign students can experience the diverse, free religious and ethnic characteristics in Taiwan when learning Mandarin.

2016 Learn Chinese Learn Hakka

2016 Learn Chinese Learn Hakka - Foreign students beating tea experience 2016 Learn Chinese Learn Hakka - Foreign students taste Hakka food

[Course material]
[Event video]

I. Time and venue:

(I) Time: Saturday, April 23, 2016
(II) Venue: National Central University, and Ganjiabao in Longtan Township

II. Advisor, organizer and co-organizer:

(I) Advisor: MOEA
(II) Organizer: Language Center of National Central University
(III) Co-organizer: Department of Hakka Affairs, Taoyuan City Government

III. Event description:

Longtan Township in Taoyuan is a significant location for Hakka culture in Taiwan. National Central University planned for a series of courses of Mandarin On-the Go in Taiwan for foreign students learning Mandarin in Taiwan. Foreign students can experience the fascinating Hakka culture in Taiwan while learning Mandarin. This event was held during the Hakka Tung Blossom Festival. Tung flowers bloomed and fell like the snow in May. In such a beautiful season, these students can participate in Hakka cultural activities, such as making Hakka leicha and oil-paper umbrella, and tasting Hakka food.

2016 Dragon Boat -Travel with USC

2016 Dragon Boat -Travel with USC - Foreign students rowing a dragon boat 2016 Dragon Boat -Travel with USC - Foreign student Bao Zongzi

[Course material]
[Event video]

I. Time and venue:

(I) Time: Saturday, June 4, 2016
(II) Venue: Shih Chien University and Bitan

II. Advisor, organizer and co-organizer:

(I) Advisor: MOEA
(II) Organizer: USC Chinese Language Center
(III) Co-organizer: Dragon Boat Association of R.O.C.

III. Event description:

Dragon Boat Festival is a significant festival in Chinese culture. Shih Chien University used this this chance to lead foreign students learning Mandarin in Taiwan to experience Taiwanese culture when learning Mandarin. The most special part of this event is that foreign students can experience the unique dragon boat culture in the traditional Chinese culture. Four types of language and cultural experience courses are available, wrapping rice dumplings, making fragrant sachets, the story of Dragon Boat Festival, and traditional Chinese toys. They combine Mandarin education and diverse cultural experience to add joy to Mandarin course and education.

2016 Qing Fengnian, Enjoy Chinese in Hualien

[Course material]
[Event video]

[Event 1] 2016 Hualien County Joint Indigenous Harvest Festival Masling Music Dance Night

I. Time and venue:

(I) Time: Saturday, July 23, 2016
(II) Venue: Hualien County Stadium

II. Advisor, organizer and co-organizer:

(I) Advisor: MOEA
(II) Organizer: Tzu Chi University

III. Event description:

This event is held according to the schedule of the “Hualien County Joint Indigenous Harvest Festival”, organized by the Hualien County Government. This event includes scavenger hunt and dancing with thousands of people. Foreign students learning Mandarin in Taiwan can experience and find out the unique indigenous culture in Taiwan, and enjoy the diverse, free vibe of Taiwanese ethnic groups.

[Event 2] A half-day tour and cultural experience course at the Indigenous Tribe in Mukumugi

2016 Hualien County Joint Indigenous Harvest Festival Masling Music Dance Night - Aboriginal song and dance performance 2016 Hualien County Joint Indigenous Harvest Festival Masling Music Dance Night - Aboriginal weaving

I. Time and venue:

(I) Time: Sunday, July 24, 2016
(II) Venue: Tunglan Blacksmith, Xiulin Township Community Center, archery range, Hana Weaving Workshop and Fei Cui Valley

II. Advisor, organizer and co-organizer:

(I) Advisor: MOEA
(II) Organizer: Tzu Chi University

III. Event description:

Foreign students visit the Indigenous tribe at Mukumigi in Hualien and take hands-on courses, including Mandarin, indigenous language, culture of Taiwanese Indigenous Peoples and Hualien, and the song and dance and artworks of Taiwanese Indigenous Peoples. Foreign students can admire the beauty of culture in diverse ways.

2016 Full Moon.Mandarin Connection

2016 Full Moon.Mandarin Connection - Group photo at the pier< 2016 Full Moon.Mandarin Connection - Group photo in Central Park

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[Event video]

I. Time and venue:

(I) Time: Sunday, September 11, 2016
(II) Venue: Tianliao Moon World, Hamasen Railway Cultural Park, and Port of Kaohsiung

II. Advisor, organizer and co-organizer:

(I) Advisor: MOEA
(II) Organizer: Chinese Language Center, National Sun Yat-sen University
(III) Co-organizer: Tourism Bureau. Kaohsiung City Government

III. Event description:

The Mid-Autumn Festival is an important festival in Chinese culture. Sun Yat-sen University planned a series of tours and courses during the Mid-Autumn Festival for foreign students to experience the culture of Mid-Autumn Festival in Taiwan. The course is well-designed. Abundant, diverse physical and quiet activities are included in each section. Besides learning the history, origin, food and customs of the Mid-Autumn Festival, foreign students can also admire the moon and learn about the idea that this is a festival for people to get together and admire the moon. A guide will be provided for foreign students to visit the moon world, a special landform in Kaohsiung, Hamasen Railway Cultural Park and Port of Kaohsiung, and enjoy the local view.

2016 Fun Chinese, Water Lantern Festival

2016 Fun Chinese, Water Lantern Festival - Group photo 2016 Fun Chinese, Water Lantern Festival - Water discharge lamp

[Course material]
[Event video]

I. Time and venue:

(I) Time: Tuesday, August 2, 2016
(II) Fo Guang University and Yilan Riverside Park

II. Advisor, organizer and co-organizer:

(I) Advisor: MOEA
(II) Organizer: Fo Guang University
(III) Implementer: Fo Guang University Chinese Language Instruction Center
(IV) Co-organizer: Yilan Customs and Culture Promotion Association and Fo Guang Shan Lan Yang Temple

III. Event description:

The Ghost Festival has a profound culture. In addition to traditional customs and rituals, the cultural idea of the festival is quite significant. Fo Guang University planned a series of Mandarin culture courses during the festival. It introduced the culture of Ghost Month in Taiwan centered on the Ghost Festival, such as customs and taboos. It organized the water lantern event and introduced the meaning of the event, such as respecting the Heaven, worshiping the spirits, and praying for the well-being of all living beings with benevolence. Through this course integrating with cultural experiences, foreign students who came all the way to learn Mandarin in Taiwan can enjoy learning Mandarin, and experience the charming local culture and customs of Taiwan deeply.