NTNU up­dates its popular Man­darin-lan­guage ma­te­rial

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY CHI- HAO JAMES LO

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.

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