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Introduction / MOE HUAYU BEST Program


 
Program Introduction
The ''Huayu Bilingual Exchange of Selected Talents'' Program (Huayu BEST) is established by the Ministry of Education (MOE) in order to promote Taiwan's Mandarin Education. MOE encourages universities in Taiwan to developpe long-lasting and mutually beneficial relationships with universities in the U.S and Europe.

To fulfill the purpose of this program, MOE offers funds for Chinese language teachers and assistants to teach Mandarin at partner universities; scholarships are also provided for Mandarin learning students who would like to come to Taiwan to enhance their Mandarin proficiency. Through the execution of the program, we expect that Taiwan's Mandarin Education and extraordinary internationalized learning environments can be recognized by the global community. 
 
For short-term goals, we are sending teaching staff abroad and encouraging Mandarin learning students to study in Taiwan. Regarding long-term goals, we target at developing paper and digital teaching materials, hosting online workshops, promoting TOCFL (Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language), inviting foreign Mandarin teachers to attend training programs in Taiwan and establishing Mandarin Education Centers with partnered universities.
 
One-semester and One-year Exchange Program 
♦ One-semester exchange program:

For students at University of Rhode Island (URI) and North Park University (NPU) who desirie to study at Tunghai University (THU), the BEST will provide Chinese language instruction in a basic program that will end before the end of the school year in the US (without affecting the US school year plan). Chinese language courses must be taken for a minimum of 15 hours per week.

♦ One-year exchange program:

The BEST program provides full Chinese language courses for URI and NPU students who are interested in fulfilling the full credits for your language learning requirement (along with
all the scholarships and benefits of BEST). Chinese language courses must be taken for a minimum of 15 hours per week.
 
Chinese Language Courses
♦ Introduction
 
1) The regular group class schedule is from 9:10-12:00 or 13:10-16:00, from Monday to Friday (15 hours per week).
 
2) Class levels depends on students’ levels. 
 
3) Classes will focus on whole language skills, and will incorporate multimedia to help students develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. 
 
♦ Our Advantage
 
1) Small classes, customized program and interactive teaching with more chances of practice.
 
2) We offer various language and cultural activities every season, which introduces the student to Taiwanese languages, local customs, Chinese martial arts, religion, architecture, and the traditional. The activities enable students to know more about Chinese cultures as well as to practice Chinese language skills.

Please check the website of THU Chinese Learning Center for more information → https://clc.thu.edu.tw/index.php 
Summer/Winter Language Program In cooperation with THU Chinese Language Center, the BEST offers two to eight weeks Chinese language courses during Summer/Winter vacation. The course attaches great importance of practicality, integrating with historical and cultural tours.
Online Chinese Program
THU Chinese Language Center hosts online Chinese program with aim to provide a vivid cultural exchange environment. Students will gain the ability to hold simple conversations by asking and answering questions related to self or daily life. They will also have chances to exchange various topics with Taiwanese students at the end of each class.
             TOCFL test
The Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language (TOCFL)  is a standardized and official language proficiency test developed for non-native speakers of Chinese. THU Chinese Language Center provides advice for TOCFL Test and keeps students stay informed with the latest enrollment information.
Obilgations
♦ Chinese language courses:
 
The recipient should undertake at least 15 hours of Chinese language courses each week. This does not include cultural visits, speeches, and other self-learning curriculum or activities.
 
♦ Youth English Cultivation activities:
 
In order to explore local experience, the recipient should participate in the Youth English Cultivation activities and related training to facilitate English courses in local public school, with 3 hours per week on average during the scholarship-awarded period. 
MOE Huayu Enrichment Scholarships ♦ The awarded student shall receive a stipend of NT$25,000 per month (approximately USD890, subject to exchange rate). 

♦ The stipend should be used to cover the entire cost of tuition, as well as dormitory room, airfare, local health insurance, and miscellaneous fees.

♦ Recipients are responsible for their own expenses. The cost of living in central Taiwan is cheaper than in the northern part of the island, and students can plan on spending about NT$18,000 per month on living expenses, including NT$8,000 for rent, NT$7,000 for food, and NT$3,000 for miscellaneous expenses, which includes the cost of teaching materials.
About THU Chinese Language Center(CLC)
CLC established in 1970 to serve foreign staff at the university, the first of its kind in central Taiwan. Teachers at CLC are highly regarded, as are the small class sizes, supportive learning environment, and successful student results. With a diverse metropolitan atmosphere, the city of Taichung also offers a rich cultural heritage, outstanding nature, artistic tendencies, fabulous street foods, and unique night market culture to make your learning experiences full of wonder.
Contact 
For inquiries or concerns, please contact:

♦ Cooperation negotiations: Ms. Doris Tsai
doris@go.thu.edu.tw 
+886-4-23590121 Ex. 28501

♦ Scholarships and other information: Ms. Raphaella Wang
kuan0421@go.thu.edu.tw
+886-4-23590121 Ex. 28511
 
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