Introduction

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literature promotes language and literature learning, analytical inquiry, intellectual curiosity, and life-long learning. It is composed of 16 full-time faculty members, all with PhD background. The Department has two thriving Masterˇ¦s programs and a successful undergraduate program. Future plans include offering more interdisciplinary learning opportunities and practice-oriented courses to assist students in building a solid academic foundation and exploring career opportunities.

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Undergraduate Program

In response to the increasingly global character of our world and in keeping with Taiwanˇ¦s general emphasis on internationalization, the department has developed a liberal learning program in which students pursue not merely fluency in English and another language chosen from Japanese, French, German, and Spanish but also the ability to think and act successfully in culturally complex situations. To these ends, every graduating student completes a series of courses in oral training, audio-visual training, composition, and literature. While the language courses solidify studentsˇ¦ knowledge of essential skills such as pronunciation, listening comprehension, and grammar, the literature offerings introduce them to the fascinating complexity of the worldˇ¦s cultural landscape. Above all, these courses seek to leave students with a love of reading and learning as well as a mature ability to reflect on personal and public concerns. Whenever possible, and especially in the skills courses, class sizes are kept relatively small in order to maintain the liberal arts atmosphere and to encourage students to interact with each other and the instructor.

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Literature Graduate Program

The Graduate Institute of English and American literature focuses primarily on Anglo-American literature and its relationships with other European literatures (classical and modern). It emphasizes the cultural contexts of Western literature as well as critical trends and their implications for literary study. To help students improve their English language competence, all courses are conducted in English and require written work in English. To complete the M.A. degree, students must fulfill the following requirements:

    1. Twenty-seven course credits

    a. Required courses (6 credits) (9 credits)

i. Research and Writing (3 credits)

ii. Literary Theories and Application (3 credits)

    b. Elective seminars (21 credits)

    2. One conference presentation or 3 conference attendances

    3. A thesis (in English, with a minimum of 60 pages)

ˇ@4. A thesis defense

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TEFL Graduate Program

In response to a growing need of English teacher education, the Master of Arts degree program in Teaching English as a Foreign Language was established in 2004. The institute emphasizes language instruction theories, practical classroom techniques, and instructional technology. Courses offered include Academic Writing, Research Methods, Classroom Interaction, Discourse Analysis, Reading Instruction, Writing Instruction, Multimedia Teaching, among others. To help students improve their English language competence, all courses are conducted in English and require written work in English. To complete the M.A. degree, students must fulfill the following requirements:

    1. Twenty-seven course credits

    a. Required courses (6 credits) (9 credits)

i. Academic Writing (3 credits)

ii. Research Methods (3 credits)

    b. Elective seminars (21 credits)

    2. One conference presentation or 3 conference attendances

    3. A thesis (in English, with a minimum of 60 pages)

ˇ@4. A thesis defense

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