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Taiwanese University partners with American school to teach Chinese

2012/06/25 16:13:12

Taipei, June 25 (CNA) Students from National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) will have an unprecedented opportunity this summer to teach Mandarin Chinese at an American elementary school, the university's Department of Applied Chinese Language and Literature said Monday.

NTNU students have in the past taught at overseas Chinese language centers or Chinese schools, or taught Chinese courses at universities, said professor Tsai Ya-hsun, the head of the department.

But this summer, NTNU students will teach Chinese for the first time at an all-American elementary school -- Terra Verde Discovery School in Oklahoma, Tsai said at a press conference held to highlight the breakthrough.

The Department of Applied Chinese Language and Literature was established in 2007 with a mission of fostering professionals to teach Chinese as a second language abroad. Tsai also discussed its emphasis on helping students complete internships teaching Chinese abroad.

During the five years since the program was launched, 120 students have completed internships abroad in many different countries such as the U.S., Germany, France and Singapore.

The internships have been created, Tsai said, to allow students and their parents to realize the importance of gaining a certificate for teaching Chinese.

Aside from its new partnership with the Oklahoma elementary school, NTNU will also collaborate with an elementary school in San Diego that offers extensive Chinese language classes -- Barnard Elementary School -- to have its students teach there as well.

(By Hsu Chih-wei and I-Ling Chen)