Taiwan Delegation Promotes Mandarin Learning in Boston
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) held its annual convention and world languages expo in Boston from November 18 to 20, 2016. The Foundation for International Cooperation in Higher Education of Taiwan (FICHET), sponsored by the Ministry of Education (MOE), Republic of China (Taiwan), arranged and led Mandarin teaching professionals in Taiwan to participate in this major event.
The Education Division, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Boston, invited the Taiwan delegation and Mandarin teachers from the United States for a welcome dinner on November 18. Both groups exchanged ideas on Mandarin learning and strategies for promoting Mandarin language teaching. Director Cynthia Huang of the Education Division expressed her gratitude to the delegation and Mandarin teachers who not only devote themselves to Mandarin education, but also promote Taiwan culture. The number of American students who are interested in studying Mandarin in Taiwan and applying for the Huayu Enrichment Scholarship (HES) is on the rise. There were more schools in the New England area which held the Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language (TOCFL) and the Children’s Chinese Competency Certification (CCCC) this year. Two colleges from Massachusetts and Maine will hold the short-term Chinese language program in Taiwan next January.
Dr. Chang-Mo Hsu, professor of Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages and chairman of the Association of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language, led the delegation. Dr. Hsu said that the Mandarin Enhancement Pilot Program, sponsored by MOE, plays an important role to facilitate Mandarin language centers in higher education institutions, and provides resources and funding to build new programs for students and training for teachers.
The ACTFL annual convention opened on November 18. The New England Chinese Cultural Studio was invited by FICHET to perform a traditional Lion Dance at the Taiwan booth that attracted many foreign languages professionals.
Taiwan delegation for “American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Annual Convention and World Languages Expo” and Mandarin teachers from the United States (photo provided by the Foundation for International Cooperation in Higher Education of Taiwan)