Curriculum

Courses Offered

Our program offers nine levels of Mandarin (1-9). We place great emphasis on the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing in all of our required classes. To further cater your individual needs, we offer numerous electives, ranging from Taiwanese, Simplified Characters, Business Chinese and Word Processing, to Chinese Literature, Chinese Philosophy, and Chinese History and Culture, which will enable you to have a total educational experience that is tailor-made for you.

Here is a complete list of our course titles. The courses opened each quarter are determined upon the feedback provided by our students in our questionnaire.

You can also download our course titles for 2018 Fall Term.

Required Courses

Required courses focus on all four skills, introducing new characters, vocabulary items and grammatical patterns, while giving you a chance to practice all of these in a variety of ways. These courses use Practical Audio/Video Chinese (2nd edition) as the main text for study.

Whether it is for required or for elective courses, the Language Center systematically tries to use up to date text materials and, when available, audio-visual components. A copy of all of these materials is available at the resource library in the office for your review.

Elective Courses

For electives, you can choose freely in any combination from the same level as the required course or one level higher or lower, as long as the total of weekly hours doesn't exceed 15. For example, if you are in Level 4, you can select electives in levels 3, 4, and 5. That's more than 6 electives to choose from!


Be prepared to spend a significant amount of time outside the classroom in order to be able to learn effectively. Elective courses cover a very wide range; you can choose courses focusing on pronunciation, radicals, newspapers, Chinese literature, history, philosophy, customs and traditions, computing skills, Taiwanese, simplified characters and others.

Our first week, the course selection period, is a little different from other programs. This is a time for you to roam around and sit in different electives to see what best fits your needs. Talk to teachers and your fellow classmates to get a better feel of each course. We don't want you to sign up for a course merely on the title of it, sit in and get a feel of it.
Course Schedule

Our program is divided into two time sections: mornings and afternoons.
Depending on your level, your courses will be either in the mornings or the afternoons.
Each class is 2- hours long.

Mornings (8am – 10am): Levels 1–9 Required Courses 
(10am – 12am): Levels 1 –9 Electives Courses

Required Class on Friday morning will finish at 11 :00

Afternoons(1pm – 3pm): Levels 1– 5 Required Courses 
Required Class on Friday afternoon will finish at 16 :00

Download the 2018 Fall Term course schedule.
Conversation Course
This course features emphasizing abilities of listening and speaking, and topics of teaching are based on ordinary Chinese, and focus on communication in order to make students apply what they have learned. By learning real life Chinese, it raises students’ interest towards Chinese, which makes learning Chinese more fun. 
The topics include society, shopping, diet, transportation, house rental, culture, entertainment, etc. With practical topic discussion, interesting interaction and communication, and familiar atmosphere, students are able to learn Chinese happily with our professional teachers.

This course offers 4 levels of Mandarin, and 100 units. Each student is required to take 15 hours of classes per week, and there are 11 weeks of a term. The class time starts from 13:00 to 16:00, from Monday to Friday.

Except using Speaking Mandarin in 1000 Words as the main text for study, teachers will take students out of classroom to practice Chinese according to different topics. Students will be charged other fee, which depends on situations.
One-on-One Tutorial
We offer individual classes for foreigners in Taiwan who are full time workers. The hourly fee is NT$680, and you need to get 30 hours at one time. Once we find a teacher for you based on your preference time, you may discuss with the teacher what you want to focus.

Please contact us through email to let us know your requirements if you are interested in our one-on-one tutorial.
Email:clc@fcu.edu.tw

Application Form (ODT)
Application Form (DOCX)
 
2018 Tutorial Hours for Fall Term 2018秋季班諮詢時間
諮詢時間固定為每星期二跟星期三 10:00-12:00,地點在辦公室櫃台後方的諮詢區。如果你有課業、個人或其他問題,歡迎你在諮詢時間去請教老師!
Our teachers offer Tutorial Hour to assist students with any or many problems, including personal, tutorial, educational, or otherwise. It’s from 10:00 to 12:00 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. We hope you will all find this very helpful.
Courses Offered


Our program offers nine levels of Mandarin (1-9). We place great emphasis on the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing in all of our required classes. To further cater your individual needs, we offer numerous electives, ranging from Taiwanese, Simplified Characters, Business Chinese and Word Processing, to Chinese Literature, Chinese Philosophy, and Chinese History and Culture, which will enable you to have a total educational experience that is tailor-made for you.

Here is a complete list of our course titles. The courses opened each quarter are determined upon the feedback provided by our students in our questionnaire.

You can also download our course titles for 2018 Fall Term.

Required Courses

Required courses focus on all four skills, introducing new characters, vocabulary items and grammatical patterns, while giving you a chance to practice all of these in a variety of ways. These courses use Practical Audio/Video Chinese (2nd edition) as the main text for study.

Whether it is for required or for elective courses, the Language Center systematically tries to use up to date text materials and, when available, audio-visual components. A copy of all of these materials is available at the resource library in the office for your review.

Elective Courses

For electives, you can choose freely in any combination from the same level as the required course or one level higher or lower, as long as the total of weekly hours doesn't exceed 15. For example, if you are in Level 4, you can select electives in levels 3, 4, and 5. That's more than 6 electives to choose from!

Be prepared to spend a significant amount of time outside the classroom in order to be able to learn effectively. Elective courses cover a very wide range; you can choose courses focusing on pronunciation, radicals, newspapers, Chinese literature, history, philosophy, customs and traditions, computing skills, Taiwanese, simplified characters and others.

Our first week, the course selection period, is a little different from other programs. This is a time for you to roam around and sit in different electives to see what best fits your needs. Talk to teachers and your fellow classmates to get a better feel of each course. We don't want you to sign up for a course merely on the title of it, sit in and get a feel of it.

Course Schedule

Our program is divided into two time sections: mornings and afternoons. Depending on your level, your courses will be either in the mornings or the afternoons. Each class is 2- hours long.

Mornings (8am – 10am): Levels 1–9 Required Courses 
(10am – 12am): Levels 1 –9 Electives Courses

Required Class on Friday morning will finish at 11 :00

Afternoons(1pm – 3pm): Levels 1– 5 Required Courses 
Required Class on Friday afternoon will finish at 16 :00

Download the 2018 Fall Term course schedule.

Conversation Course

This course features emphasizing abilities of listening and speaking, and topics of teaching are based on ordinary Chinese, and focus on communication in order to make students apply what they have learned. By learning real life Chinese, it raises students’ interest towards Chinese, which makes learning Chinese more fun. 
The topics include society, shopping, diet, transportation, house rental, culture, entertainment, etc. With practical topic discussion, interesting interaction and communication, and familiar atmosphere, students are able to learn Chinese happily with our professional teachers.

This course offers 4 levels of Mandarin, and 100 units. Each student is required to take 15 hours of classes per week, and there are 11 weeks of a term. The class time starts from 13:00 to 16:00, from Monday to Friday.

Except using Speaking Mandarin in 1000 Words as the main text for study, teachers will take students out of classroom to practice Chinese according to different topics. Students will be charged other fee, which depends on situations.

One-on-One Tutorial

We offer individual classes for foreigners in Taiwan who are full time workers. The hourly fee is NT$680, and you need to get 30 hours at one time. Once we find a teacher for you based on your preference time, you may discuss with the teacher what you want to focus.

Please contact us through email to let us know your requirements if you are interested in our one-on-one tutorial.
Email:clc@fcu.edu.tw

Application Form (ODT)
Application Form (DOCX)

Spring 2018
March. 1, 2: Registration
March. 5: Orientation
March. 7: Classes Begin 
March. 7-13: Course Selection Period
March 30: Cultural Trip
Arpil 4-8: Spring Break (No Class)
April 9-13: Mid-term Exam
May 14-18: CLC Scholarship Application
May 22-28: Final Exam
May 29: End of Term (No Class)
Summer 2018
June 1, 4: Registration
June 5: Orientation
June 7: Classes Begin
June 7-13: Course Selection Period
June 29: Cultural Trip Aboriginal Culture Village
July 9-13: Mid-term Exam
July 27: Term Activity
Aug. 1-7: Evaluation Week
Aug. 8-14: CLC Scholarship Application
Aug. 21-28: Final Exam
Aug. 31: End of Term (No Class)
Fall 2018
Sep. 3, 4: Registration
Sep. 5: Orientation
Sep. 7: Classes Begin 
Sep. 7-13: Course Selection Period 
Sep. 24: Moon Festival (No Class)
Sep. 25: CLC T-Shirt Design Contest Deadline for Entries
Sep. 27: CLC T-Shirt Design Contest –Voting
Sep. 28: Cultural Trip
Oct. 10: Double-Tenth Day (No Class)
Oct. 11-17: Mid-term Exam
Oct. 26: Term Activity
Nov. 12-16: CLC Scholarship Application
Nov. 21-28: Final Exam
Nov. 29: End of Term (No Class)
Winter 2018
Dec. 3, 4: Registration
Dec. 5: Orientation
Dec. 7: Classes Begin 
Dec. 7-13: Course Selection Period
Dec. 28: Cultural Trip
Dec. 29-Jan. 1, 2019: New Year (No Class)
Jan. 7-11, 2019: Mid-term Exam
Jan. 25, 2019: Term Activity
Feb. 11-15, 2019: CLC Scholarship Application
Feb. 2-10, 2019: Chinese New Year holidays (No class)
Feb. 20-26, 2019: Final Exam
Feb. 27, 2019: End of Term (No Class)
The academic schedules are similar each term, with changes to the cultural trip destinations and contests. The term always begins on the 5th of the month of March, June, September, and December. If it falls on the weekend, it will be postponed to the next Monday.
It is the Chinese Language Center's philosophy that you cannot isolate a language from the culture that lies behind it. Therefore, our aim with cultural courses is to bring students into contact with a variety of aspects of Chinese culture in a lively and active way. 

We ultimately hope that some students may develop a lasting interest in one of the many facets of this culture.

2018 Cultural Course
Calligraphy
No living room is complete without it, each local museum has at least a few rooms filled with them. One of the unique features of Chinese is the pride its users take in the written form of their language. The four treasures of study (brush, paper, ink stick and ink slab) are still today an important subject from elementary school through high school and far beyond them. This course teaches you the basics of calligraphy, the highly-valued art of writing.
Chinese Painting
Though very different from its western counterpart, Chinese traditional painting plays an equally important role in the world of Chinese art. This course will introduce some of the basic themes: flowers, bamboo, landscapes, animals and their symbolism, while students get a chance to try their hands at their own work of art.
Chop Engraving
An essential tool in the daily life of every Chinese person, standard name chops can be machine made, though the real thing is always carved by hand. Both the material and the calligraphic carving are important to produce a fine chop. In this course you will get the tools and the professional advice to produce your very personal signature in stone or wood.
Chinese Knotting or Chinese Macrame
Based on over a dozen basic knots, Chinese macrame has evolved from the purely practical to an intricate craft. Originally used to decorate sedan chairs, parasols, dresses, mirrors and fans of the upper class, macrame has known a revival since the 1980s when new variations on the old theme of knotting were added.
Rice Dough Figures
Using dough made of water, wheat, glutinous rice flour, salt and food coloring and a small wooden stick, a skilled folk artist can create vivid miniatures of storybook characters and animals. Participants in this course may try out their own skills at animals or their own creations.
Paper Cutting

Originally a royal pastime, closely linked to the invention of paper, paper cutting evolved into a widely popular folk art that at its best combines the features of Chinese painting, embroidery and sculpting.

Chinese Music and Musical Instruments
The pentatonic structure of Chinese music makes it very distinctive from its western counterpart. Starting with the music that accompanied the rituals in the time of Confucius, music has developed into a vehicle for a wide range of feelings.
Examples of the four kinds of instruments (blown, bowed, plucked and struck) will be introduced.
Taiwanese Opera and Puppet Theater
Quite distinct from its Beijing-originated counterpart, Taiwanese opera has always kept a more populist characteristic. The teacher will explain how its rules are as complex and the acting as demanding to the actors as in Chinese opera.

Taiwanese puppet theater got renewed interest from the West since the movie The Puppet Master (Hou Xiao-xian) won international acclaim (Jury Prize, Cannes, 1993). This course will introduce the basic rules and the different heroes and villains of Taiwanese puppet theater.
Chinese Opera
Without a proper introduction any Chinese opera may end up to be a long-winded affair in which heavily made-up characters sing and recite lines that no one understands, actresses use their fans and sleeves in curious ways, young guys do neck-breaking acrobatics, while a seemingly makeshift orchestra makes a lot of noise. This course may help you to understand that behind this theatrical facade lies a synthesis of music, dance, art and acrobatics.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
With a tradition of over 2,000 years, Chinese medicine is an art in itself. Just walk into a traditional herbal pharmacy and be amazed by about the content of all the drawers, vials and jars behind the counter. Our specialist will introduce the principles of a healthy diet and acupuncture.
Jade

Regarded as the most valuable of the precious stones, jade has often been regarded as an everlasting symbol of Chinese civilization. The teacher will explain some of the essential qualities of good jade, while you get to see and touch old pieces of jade that date back to as early as the Shang dynasty.

Feng Shui
Feng shui and Qi are some of the most typical Chinese concepts gradually finding more and more followers in the west. It is all about being aware and in tune with yourself and your environment: the combination of interior and exterior space, light, sounds, smells, materials, furniture arrangement, etc. and how they affect your mental and physical energy. Learn to understand the philosophy of feng shui and how everything has qi or the ability to affect you.
Taiwanese Temples

Estimated at over 5,000 spread all over the island, temples are a typical cultural feature, with a broad variety of architectural styles. Ranging from Buddhist to Taoist to ancestral and folk religion, and to be found everywhere from the city to the countryside, temples are an essential part of the Taiwanese landscape. Our architecture expert will explain the different styles and the meaning of the folk culture elements that are applied to decorate the temples.

Chinese and Taiwanese Cinema
Asian movies have come a long way: from the standard kung fu flicks with badly synchronized sound and no storyline at all to the worldwide success, both artistically (Red Sorghum, Raise the Red Lantern, Farewell to my Concubine, City of Sadness) and commercially (The Wedding Banquet, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). Our expert will illustrate the importance of the Fifth Generation in the Mainland, the New Wave in Hong Kong and Urbanism in Taiwan.
Fortune Telling
Whether you are very rational or not, it is hard to deny that fortune tellers and soothsayers play a role in most societies in whatever form it may be. This course will initiate you in the different kinds of Chinese fortune telling: the Chinese zodiac, the eight diagrams, feng shui, face reading and palm reading. So make sure you have washed your hands before you come to class, or you will never know clearly what the future holds in store for you.
Chinese Cuisine
In a civilization where people meet each other with the question Have you eaten yet?, food cannot but play an all-important role. This course will give you real hands-on experience with the preparation of a classical Chinese dish, namely fresh spring rolls.
Mahjong
Mahjong is a game that evolved from two popular Chinese games, a domino game invented during the Northern Song Dynasty (1120 A.D.) and a card game (called Ma Diao) that was very popular during the Qing Dynasty (1644 –1911 A.D.). Right now it's a game that is traditionally played around Chinese New Year. The basic rules of a good mahjong game will be explained and illustrated.
Traditional Tea Ritual
Wherever Chinese people gather, there will be some kind of tea close at hand. A civilization that has produced an extensive compendium called the Tea Classic as early as 780 AD, regards this brew as its national drink. Sample some of the tea that our teacher will serve you in the traditional style and learn about the different qualities of each flavor.
Chinese Chess (Xiang qi)
According to recent research, both Xiang qi and Backgammon evolved from an ancient Chinese game called Liu bo that was invented some 3,500 years ago. This predecessor of Western chess, with its palace, elephants, guards, and cannons, is easy to learn, but difficult to play. The teacher will initiate you in the basic movements and some strategies.
Kung Fu
Often misinterpreted as a kind of martial arts only that allows one to be a bully, Chinese kung fu is much more than that, because there is a basic distinction between internal and external kung fu. Whereas most western athletes reach their zenith somewhere in their early thirties, kung fu can be practiced by both young and old alike. This course will introduce the basics of different styles of kung fu.
Go (Wei qi)
Commonly regarded as the oldest board game in the world (2306 B.C.), Go has a deceptively simple look, but a good Go player makes use of both his theoretical knowledge of the game and strategy to defeat his opponent. Our specialist will point out how to play a successful game of Go.