National Institute of Technology, Ube College.

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Online Chinese Class with Taiwanese Partner School Students

NEWS

2020.10.22

All students in the second and third years have participated in the Interdepartmental Education Program PBL “Project Learning” since August 24. Students select one project out of twenty-nine projects provided by teachers from the General Education Department and respective Specialized Departments. Then students try to achieve the project by working with other students actively. It started last year, and this is the second year.

Twelve students joined a project called “Let’s Talk in Chinese: Learn Chinese Online with Taiwanese Students, for Beginner” which is one of the twenty-nine projects. Students have an online Chinese class privately with students of Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages (Kaohsiung city) which we signed an MOU with.

Students prepare for the class by watching the flipped teaching video prior to taking the classes, and they learn practically what they have prepared with Taiwanese students online. The instructors are 9 third-year students, 1 fourth-year student, and 2 graduate students. They use a Chinese textbook compiled by Kosen teachers who involve in Chinese education “Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages Chinese Introduction for Science” (published by Kohbun), and they are scheduled to complete the textbook in thirty classes by the end of September.

Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages which the Taiwanese students belong to is the only university in Taiwan that specializes in foreign language education. Ube Kosen accepts their students from the Department of Applied Chinese Language; Foreign Language Education (English Education); and Japanese Language as practical students every year. Originally, we were supposed to have students from Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages and National United University (Miaoli City), which we also signed an MOU with, as Chinese practicum students, and they supposed to teach Chinese in a classroom. We managed to have a Chinese class online with the cooperation of teachers and students of the Department of Applied Chinese Language of Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages prior to the class.

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Kosen student taking a class

Su, Xin-Yi (2-year of the Department of Applied Chinese Language of Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages)

這是我第二次參加宇部高專的實習。第一次是在2017年的寒假,當時我到宇部高專進行為期將近一個月的實習,雖然時間很短,但學校安排了許多不同的活動,和宇部的學生交流、到不同的公司參訪、舉辦華語工作坊等等,讓我收穫很多,也留下深刻的印象。因此,我也非常樂意參與這次的實習,今年因為covid-19的關係,學生沒有辦法來台灣學習中文,只能在線上進行交流,我們進行了為期一個月、每周五次的線上華語課程,除了按照學校的進度上課,我也用了遊戲的方式來幫助學生複習與記憶,雖然每天都花很多的時間準備課程,但是看著學生從零開始,到現在已經可以用中文來說句子、回答問題,我很開心,非常有成就感!相信有一天我們就可以用中文自然的聊天了。希望他們可以繼續學習中文,也希望未來我能再次拜訪宇部高專!

It is my second time to participate in an internship at Ube Kosen. My first time was during the winter holiday, for a month in 2017. It was a short time, but I learned many things because Ube Kosen planned activities such as a meeting with Kosen Students, visiting companies, Chinese study sessions. It stays in my memories. Ube Kosen students could not come to Taiwan to learn Chinese this year because of the COVID 19, so we only communicated via the internet. Ube Kosen students could not communicate in Chinese at first, but they started to be able to speak in Chinese, and I was able to answer their questions in Chinese as well, and that made me very happy. I believe we will be able to chat easily in Chinese in the future. I wish they will continue to learn Chinese and I would like to visit Ube Kosen again in the future.

Murakami, Mai (3-year of the Department of Business Administration)

Ms. Murakami taking the class

The reason I joined this learning project “Learn Chinese for Beginner” is I could not go to Singapore for English training scheduled this summer due to the COVID 19. I was very worried at first because the Chinese class was done online, and the conversation with a Taiwanese student who taught me Chinese was made in English. But the more classes I had, the more I became closer to my partner, Wei-Ni (Chen, Wei-Ni, 3-year of the Department of Applied Chinese Language). I have a hard time every day because Chinese pronunciation is difficult, but Wei-Ni is very patient with me and teaches me well. When I do well during the class, she is also happy for me, so that I enjoy taking the class every time.

Tamura, Kaito (2-year of the Department of Intelligent System Engineering)

During Mr. Tamura taking the class

The reason I joined this learning Chinese project is I wanted to learn minimum Chinese as preliminary knowledge for studying abroad. First, it did not go smoothly because of the environment that I had to speak in English all the time and it was online. But under such an environment, in the process of trying various ways, I became close to my partner. I think I developed communication skills as well as Chinese. My partner, Chen, Ting-Hsuan (3-year of the Department of Applied Chinese Language) had patience with me and taught me well not being disappointed even I could not learn so good. She gave me warm words whether I did well or not. All the materials she made were easy to understand and I felt she planned out the class very well. Now I am looking forward to taking her class every day.


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