Reflections on Research and Teaching English at National Taiwan Normal University

Written by Marilyn Rahilly 雷瑪麗 Wednesday, 26 August 2015 14:17
       It has been nearly 11 months since I started teaching an advanced English writing course at National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) in Taipei as a part of my duties as a  Fulbright senior scholar in Taiwan.  After a brief introduction to some of my NTNU English department colleagues at a lovely luncheon shortly after my arrival in August 2014, I began preparing for the advanced writing class that I had been assigned.  I ordered textbooks, developed a syllabus, and wrote a lesson plan for my first class. I was really excited about meeting my Taiwanese students for…

A Preliminary Research Note on International Teaching Partnerships

Written by Chiung-Yao "Carolyn" Ho 何瓊瑤 Tuesday, 30 June 2015 16:08
  Introduction     The Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) Program is a collaborative effort between the United States and host countries around the world.  Bringing together young U.S. citizens with experienced English teachers in the host country, it provides enriched English language instruction to students in elementary, junior high, and senior high schools.  In Taiwan, the ETA program was introduced in 2004 when a group of ETAs were sent to Yilan County to participate in a co-teaching program with local elementary school teachers.  Since then, several counties have begun to participate in the ETA program, including Kaohsiung, Kinmen, Taichung,…

Cross Cultural Collaboration: Lessons Learned

Written by Sarah DeMola 慕莎拉 & Hsing-Hui Winnie Winnie Chiu 邱馨慧 Friday, 05 September 2014 07:21
       The role of the Teacher of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) advisor is multifaceted. When people ask what we do, we explain the job responsibilities as facilitating TEFL teaching workshops, observing classes and holding post observation conferences, responding to weekly English Teaching Assistant (ETA) reports, and conducting research. However, we discovered that the key to fulfill all of these duties is our ability to communicate with one another. Throughout the past five months of working together, we have found great value in facilitating discussions that lead to greater understanding of one another’s culture.       …

Sharing Diversity in the Taiwanese Classroom

Written by Mycal Ford 福麥可 Monday, 28 October 2013 18:05
     In slow-motion, I peer over my left shoulder to see the enthusiastic local English teacher (LET) that I am scheduled to teach with during the 2012-2013 academic year. She clenches her fists shouting, “加油, 加油” (good luck). All the while, a cacophony thrums through the elementary school hallways as the entire school gathers in the courtyard for the school assembly. In a matter of seconds, time returns to its accelerated pace, as the principal of the school invites me to the stage. He is introducing me to the one-thousand plus students. I am overwhelmed by the energy onstage;…

Starting the first law school clinic in Taiwan

Written by Lo Bing-Cheng 羅秉成 & Serge Martinez 瑪舍琦 Monday, 01 July 2013 00:00
       In the Spring 2013 semester, National Taiwan University College of Law offered an innovative new course called Law Clinic (in Chinese, the name of the course is 爭議處理與紛爭解決). In this class, law students had the opportunity to represent real clients in real cases under the close supervision of experienced attorneys as part of their law school experience.  Students in the Law Clinic represented dozens of clients in a wide variety of cases. They helped real clients with real problems involving consumer law, contract law, criminal law, family law, land use law, and other areas of law. Acting…
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