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Department of Foreign Languages and Literature

Department of Foreign Languages and Literature

 

Brief Introduction

 

     Established August 1, 1982, the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature enrolls a freshman class of about fifty every year. The cultivation and promotion of talent in foreign languages and in literature inform our undergraduate program. The required undergraduate curriculum consists of a core of foundational courses and an ample selection of upper-level courses in both literature and language. Not only does the solid selection of undergraduate courses offer students a wonderful opportunity for academic learning and intellectual enrichment, but the accessibility of courses to undergraduates in the department's master's program (in both literature and language teaching) as well as those in the Linguistics Institute also offers undergraduates further opportunity for advanced learning. In addition, the department offers a practicum of elective courses, preparing students for a smooth transition to the professional market beyond their studies.

     A merger in 1995 of what were formerly known as the Literature Institute and the Foreign Literature faculty at the university resulted in the founding of the department's master's program. In 1997, building upon already existing faculty, resources, and facilities of our department, we added formally the Foreign Language Education faculty to complete the graduate program in foreign languages and literature. Consisting of fifteen permanent faculty, one contract-based faculty, four joint appointments, and fourteen part-time instructors, our faculty has the tremendous professional strength and depth to serve the entire university's needs for foreign language education, in addition to covering the department's own curriculum. The specializations of our faculty range from western literature, linguistics, foreign language education, to oral translation, and courses that professors in the department offer allows students to take an intellectual interest in a wide variety of topics and areas. Our faculty is known for excellent teaching, as many receive excellence in teaching awards from the university on a regular basis. In addition, our faculty is widely acclaimed for its research, as many members receive funding for research projects from the National Science Foundation, Ministry of Education, and the Council for Cultural Affairs, and as the research results of faculty are frequently awarded and recognized by the Ministry of Education, National Science Council, and other agencies and organizations.

 

Special Features of the Dept.

 

     The heart of our mission lies in cultivating and promoting intellectual and professional talent in foreign languages and literature. National Tsing Hua University's academic goals and its core pluralistic commitment to education and human endeavor inform the goals and objectives of our undergraduate as well as our master's program.

     The undergraduate program has three major goals and objectives: 1. To develop the masterful familiarity and grasp of the English language in practical usage and all aspects of communication, and the acquisition of basic proficiency in a second foreign language (in addition to English); 2. To develop independent thinking and skills for in-depth analysis through the study of literature and linguistics and professional training in applied linguistics; 3. The cultivation of a cosmopolitan worldview.

     The master's program in literature has the following major goals and objectives: 1. To cultivate and promote academic and research talent in the areas of British, American, and world literature; 2. To provide training in the in-depth critique and analysis of British, American, and world literature; 3. To strengthen the theoretical foundation that forms the basis of the criticism and study of literary works and cultural phenomena, and to expand the ability for in-depth critical thinking and research; 4. To provide research training for the preparation and writing of a thesis in literary criticism and cultural studies.

     The master's program in language teaching has the following major goals and objectives: 1. To cultivate and promote professional talent in language teaching in English and other foreign languages, and to cultivate and promote research talent in academic research in the area of applied linguistics; 2. To develop problem-solving and other practical abilities in applied linguistics; and to strengthen knowledge in the theoretical foundation of English and other foreign language learning, in particular, in understanding trends in language teaching and theories of English language teaching, the practical as well as related issues of research; and finally, to develop the ability to carry out English-language testing from a pluralistic approach and the ability to analyze the results of testing for further research; 3. To provide research training for the preparation and writing of a thesis on a relevant subject matter; 4. To cultivate a sense of mission in English language education and a broad and open worldview. 

 

Faculty and Staff

 

CHANG, Yu-jung Assistant Professor (Ph.D. in English, University of Washington, Seattle, 2009) applied linguistics, language and identity, sociocultural theory, qualitative research
CHEN, Huang-hua Assistant Professor (Ph. D. in English, Michigan State University, 2009) eighteenth-century epistolary novels, the rise of the novel, narrative theory, critical theory, postcolonial theory, modernism
FUH, Shyh-jen Professor (Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1996) Literary Theory, Modern Poetry, Diaspora studies and Filipino-American Writings
HSIAO, Yen-yen Associate Professor (Ph.D. in English Literature, National Taiwan University) Joyce studies, Irish studies, feminist discourse, French feminism, modern English novel
HSU, Chun-chieh Natalie Assistant Professor (Ph.D. in Linguistics, University of Delaware, USA, 2006) psycholinguistics, sentence processing, language acquisition
HUANG, Hung-tzu Assistant Professor (Ph. D. in Second Language Studies, University of Hawaii, 2010) second language acquisition, second language vocabulary acquisition, second language writing
KATCHEN, Johanna E. Professor (Ph.D. in Linguistics, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA) video in language teaching, teaching speaking and listening skills, cross-cultural issues
KIM, Margaret Associate Professor (Ph.D. in English and American Literature and Language, Harvard University, 2000) medieval and early modern studies, English literary history, intellectual and cultural history, historiography, writing in political contexts
LIANG, Lia Wen-ching Assistant Professor (PhD in Drama and Theatre Studies (London), 2009) Intercultural Theatre, Early Twentieth Century Musical Comedies, Deleuze Studies, Postdramatic Theatre, Contemporary British Theatre, Popular Entertainment Studies
LIN, Huifen Professor (Ph.D. in Instructional systems, The Pennsylvania State University, 2008) Computer-assited Language Learning, Educational Technology, Meta-analysis, Instructional visualization
LIN, Yi-chuang E. Associate Professor (Ph.D. in English Studies, University of Durham, UK, 2008) post/modern British literature, critical theories, mind and body problem
MATAKE, Kaoru Lecturer (MA in Foreign Languages, Kitakyushu University, Japan) Japanese language teaching, linguistics, translation, human rights
SU, I-ru Associate Professor (PhD in Linguistics, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA, 1998) second language acquisition, language transfer, psycholinguistics
SUN, Emily Associate Professor (Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, Yale University, 2003) British and European 18th- and 19th- literature, Romanticism, Shakespeare and Romanticism, literary theory and literary history, politics and aesthetics, East- West comparative politics and aesthetics
VONGPUMIVITCH, Viphavee Associate Professor (Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)) language assessment, English for academic purpose, foreign language teaching and learning
YANG, Fan Pei-gloria Associate Professor (Ph.D. in Linguistics University of California at Berkeley, 2001) metaphor, discourse, language network in the brain, neural plasticity, interaction of language and other cognitive functions, attention and memory networks in patients, language processing in bilingual brains using fMRI, DTI and MEG
YU, Chih-chung Associate Professor (Ph.D. in Literature, University of Paris VII, France) cultural studies, semiotics

 

Curriculum

 

The courses offered in this Department are:
Common Required Courses in Language Skills:
English I (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year)
English II (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year)
English Oral Practice I (Undergrad, 2 credit hours, once a year)
English Oral Practice II (Undergrad, 2 credit hours, once a year)
First-Year EFL Listening and Speaking I (Undergrad, 2 credit hours, once a year)
First-Year EFL Listening and Speaking II (Undergrad, 2 credit hours, once a year)
Reading & Writing I (1) (Undergrad, 2 credit hours, once a year)
Reading & Writing I (2) (Undergrad, 2 credit hours, once a year)
Reading & Writing II (1) (Undergrad, 2 credit hours, once a year)
Reading & Writing II (2) (Undergrad, 2 credit hours, once a year)
 

Common Required Content Courses:
Introduction to Literature I (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Introduction to Literature II (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Introduction to Western Literature I (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Introduction to Western Literature II (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Introduction to Applied Linguistics (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Introduction to Linguistics (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year)
 

Core Courses:
American Classical Literature (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Drama (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Eighteenth-Century Literature (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Modern/Contemporary Literature (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Novel (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once every two years)
Poetry (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Renaissance Literature (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Romantic Literature (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Victorian Literature(Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year)
History of the English Language (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Introduction to Foreign Language Teaching and Learning (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Introduction to Psycholinguistics (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Introduction to Sociolinguistics (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Linguistic Analysis (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Phonetics (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once every two years)
Syntax (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year)
 

Elective Courses:
19th Century French & Russian Novels (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once every two years)
Dystopian Literature (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once every two years)
Fin de Siecle: decadence and sexual anarchy (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once every two years)
From kafca to Kundera-City-novel-Progue (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once every two years)
Money, Power and Gender: Virginia Woolf and the Material Girls (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once every two years)
Post-dramatic Theatre (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once every two years)
Postmodern Novel (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Shakespeare (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Language and Culture (Undergrad, 2 credit hours, once every two years)
Language and the Brain (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Language Testing (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once every two years)
Second Language Acquisition (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once every two years)
Semantics (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Advanced English Listening (Undergrad, 2 credit hours, once a year)
Computer Assisted Language Learning (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once every two years)
English-Chinese Translation Practice (Undergrad, 2 credit hours, once a year)
English for Oral Business Communication (Undergrad, 2 credit hours, once a year)
Journalistic English (Undergrad, 2 credit hours, once a year)
Oral Interpretation (Undergrad, 2 credit hours, every semester)
 

Second Foreign Languages Courses:
Advanced French Conversation I (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Advanced French Conversation II (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Advanced French I (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year )
Advanced French II (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year )
Intermediate French I (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year )
Intermediate French II (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year )
Beginning French I (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Beginning French II (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Advanced Japanese Conversation I (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Advanced Japanese Conversation II (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Advanced Japanese I (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Advanced Japanese II (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Japanese Conversation I (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Japanese Conversation II (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Japanese Conversation III(Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Japanese Conversation IV (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Japanese Listening I (Undergrad, 2 credit hours, once a year)
Japanese Listening II (Undergrad, 2 credit hours, once a year)
Japanese Listening III (Undergrad, 2 credit hours, once a year)
Japanese Listening IV (Undergrad, 2 credit hours, once a year)
Japanese Reading I (Undergrad, 2 credit hours, once a year)
Japanese Reading II (Undergrad, 2 credit hours, once a year)
Japanese writing I (Undergrad, 2 credit hours, once a year)
Japanese writing II (Undergrad, 2 credit hours, once a year)
Intermediate Japanese I (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Intermediate Japanese II (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Beginning Japanese I (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Beginning Japanese II (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Advanced Spanish I (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Advanced Spanish II (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Intermediate Spanish I (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Intermediate Spanish II (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Beginning Spanish I (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Beginning Spanish II (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Intermediate Korean I (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Intermediate Korean II (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Beginning Korean I (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Beginning Korean II (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Intermediate German Conversation I (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Intermediate German Conversation II (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Intermediate German I (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Intermediate German II (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Beginning German I (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Beginning German II (Undergrad, 3 credit hours, once a year)
 

Graduate Courses:

 

MA Program in Literature:
Bibliography and Research Method (Graduate, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Literary Theory(Graduate, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Literature and Cosmopolitan Imaginings (Graduate, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Literature and Psychoanalysis (Graduate, 3 credit hours, once every two years)
Narrative Anxiety and The Rise of the Novel (Graduate, 3 credit hours, once every two years)
Topics in Shakespeare Studies (Graduate, 3 credit hours, once every two years)
 

MA Program in Language Cognition and Teaching:
Topics in Language Teaching (Graduate, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Research Methods and Writing (Graduate, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Second Language Acquisition (Graduate, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Audio-Visual Methods (Graduate, 3 credit hours, once a year)
Computer Assisted Language Learning (Graduate, 3 credit hours, once every two years)
Introduction to Statistics (Graduate, 3 credit hours, once every two years)
Neurolingusitics (Graduate, 3 credit hours, once every two years)
Teaching Speaking and Listening Skills (Graduate, 3 credit hours, once every two years)
Teaching Vocabulary (Graduate, 3 credit hours, once every two years)

 

Graduate Requirements

 

For Undergraduate students, 128 credit hours

For Master degree students, 31 credit hours and a thesis

 

Financial Aids

 

For information about International Students Scholarship, please kindly refer to http://oga.nthu.edu.tw/cont.php?id=93&m=m26&mm=mm41&tc=5&lang=en

 

Contact Information

 

For information specifically related to the Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literature, please contact the Chairman :  SU, I-Ru, irusu@mx.nthu.edu.tw

LEE, Pi-Chuan, pichuan@mx.nthu.edu.tw (assistant)

 

For further information on the Dept., you can also link to http://www.fl.nthu.edu.tw/bin/home.php?Lang=en

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