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Undergraduate Program

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About Us

History

The Department of European Languages and Cultures (formerly known as the Undergraduate Program in European Languages before the year 2011) is a newly established department in the College of Foreign Languages and Literature, NCCU. The program began in 2006, recruiting 60 freshmen each year. Students are divided into three groups: German, Spanish, and French, with each group consisting of 20 students. The small class size allows instructors to integrate language teaching by focusing on listening, oral, reading and writing proficiency and to emphasize cultural acquisition, as well as the cultivation of literature and humanities.

Aims and Objectives

1.         Cultivate European language professionals and attain a global vision while setting roots in Taiwan. The department aims to foster talents with multi-language proficiencies, strengthen education and academic research of European languages and cultures, and reinforce the integration of inter-departmental resources in the school.

2.         Cultivate potential European language teachers for secondary schools: to diversify the language proficiency of students in Taiwan and to develop their international vision.

3.        Provide multi-disciplinary trainings of European languages: to integrate language learning with the cultivation of literature and cultural studies, in combination with international affairs, regional studies and media education, so as to develop well-rounded Taiwan professionals in the field of European affairs. 


Target and Expectations

1.         Promote European language teaching, expand the international vision of students and increase their competitiveness.

2.         Meet the demands for European language professionals in the human resources market.

3.         Encourage cultural and economic interaction with European countries.

4.         Cultivate potential European language teachers for secondary schools.

5.         Encourage students to develop secondary competencies.

 

Orientation

1.         Fundamental European language training (listening, speaking, reading and writing): limiting the class size to 20 students per class, along with the aid of online teaching and oral/listening training by Native instructors.

2.         Courses in literature and culture: a historical introduction of culture and literature from the Classical period (Greek and Roman) to contemporary Europe in order to comprehend the historical development of modern Europe.

3.         Multi-disciplinary and multi-language development: to encourage students to take courses in different disciplines and languages.

 

Facility and Resources

1.         Department Library
Located in the department office, the library houses a collection of German, French, Spanish, European-related researches and periodicals. Other resources include reference books, textbooks, dictionaries and DVDs. Students are free to access the library for research and study purposes.


2.         Equipment Room
The equipment room serves as a storage room for multimedia resources, props for activities and a meeting room for the student association. The room is equiped with two computers, laptops laser printers, projectors, DV cameras, tripods, digital cameras, portable speakers and a scanner.

European affairs. 


International Activities

1.         Welcome Party
Since 2008, our department annually hosts a welcome party for European exchange students and international students. Teachers and students participate in this event not only in hopes of welcoming foreign students to the school, but also for them to meet the students in the department and interact through language and cultural exchange. Student from our department are able to find language buddies, while International students can also have the opportunity to get to know local Taiwanese students.

2.         Trier Summer School
Every summer since the year 2008, Professor Yao from the deparment of German leads a group of students to University of Trier located in Germany. The summer school lasts for a month for students to improve their language skills, expand their knowledge and most importantly, to experience local culture, food, and activities. Aside from the language courses provided, students can also have the chance to meet students from different countries, which allows student to learn in a practical manner, putting use to what they have learned.

 

 

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