NTNU updates its popular Mandarin-language material
The Mandarin Training Center of National Taiwan Normal University has released a new series of Mandarin-language education materials to replace its old textbooks, which have been in use for the last 15 years.
Hailed as one of, if not the oldest Mandarin training institutions in Taiwan, the center has been edu- cating foreign nationals in the language since 1956. The materials used by the center have also been widely acknowledged as one of the authorities in Mandarin-language education.
Dean of the center Chen Hao-jan ( ), said yesterday that the center has been publishing Mandarin-education materials since 1967, with the “Practical AudioVisual Chinese” ( ) used in the last 15 years.
To keep up with modern times, the center has decided to publish a new series of materials to replace the old.
Titled “A Course in Contemporary Chinese” ( ) the new set of textbooks incorporates updated modern Taiwanese phrases and Chinese elements into its courses.
Chen also said that new Taiwan- ese cultural elements have been added into the textbooks, featuring the country’s metro system, garbage trucks and the YouBike system.
To ensure the quality of the new materials, Chen said that authorities in Mandarin education in the U.S. were hired as consultants.
Such authorities included Claudia Ross, a professor of Chinese from the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the College of Holy Cross, and Associate Professor Chen Yea-fen (
) of the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, as well as Director of the Chinese School at the Middlebury Language Schools Bai Jianhua ( ).
The new materials will soon be available internationally at various stores and educational establishments.