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Q&A

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Q&A

 1. How are the teachers at NHU?

Most teachers of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature (DFLL) at NHU are highly qualified full-time teachers with PhD degrees. The teachers are all dedicated and sympathetic to students. Their energetic and positive teaching styles will make learning at NHU a memorable experience.

 

2. What is the difference between DFLL at NHU and those in other universities?

DFLL at NHU offers two programs: Tourism English and Teaching English to Young Children for students who are interested in developing their second specialty.

 

3. Are the courses in DFLL designed for students to participate in English conversations?

Yes. Most courses of English for Specific Purposes (ESP) and English for General Purposes (EGP) would engage students in conversations, so as to help them articulate their thoughts in English.

 

4. How many students are there at NHU?

There are about 6000 students at NHU.

 

5. What types of extracurricular activities does NHU offer?

We offer a variety of extracurricular activities. In particular, the English Club is hosted by an abroad-born Chinese with a PhD degree. Please also see the university website for further information about our extracurricular programs.

 

6. Are internship opportunities available for students at DFLL?

Yes. We do offer an internship program in the field of teaching English to children since it is a good way for students to get the ‘feel’ in the career field within the community. Any student with an interest in this career can apply for it.

 

7. What instruction is conducted at DFLL?

Most of course instruction is engaged in developing students’ English-speaking skills. Small classes in English Composition and English Conversation courses allow students to receive more individual attention from their instructors.

 

 

8. What is the core curriculum of DFLL??

DFLL at NHU offers a wide range of courses across its two core curricula – English Language Teaching and Literature and Cultures.

 

9. What are the learning resources at DFLL?

In academic year 2009 NHU will equip every freshman with an EPC notebook. DFLL has a brand-new Finnish multimedia language lab, which is just newly established in the summer of 2009. This multimedia lab is equipped with a computer-controlled audio-visual system for language teaching.  There are three more other language labs for both language teaching and self-study learning. Moreover, all students have access to the five desktops in the main office of the DFLL from 8.30 am to 5.00 pm during weekdays. Many university buildings also have wireless connection.

 

10. What career support does DFLL offer? Are there any career connections to companies or industries?

Students at DFLL are offered internships in some professions primarily in Chiayi area, such as Hospitality & Tourism and Language Teaching. In addition, the university also runs regular career fairs and events that provide an abundance of opportunities for students to meet with potential employers.

 

11. Is there any language proficiency requirement before graduation?

All students at DFLL will be asked to provide any evidence of a sufficient level of English proficiency by meeting the following language criteria before graduation ceremony:

(1)   passing the first stage of listening and reading tests at GEPT High-intermediate level; or

(2)   TOEIC score of at least 700; or

(3)   other equivalents of any English language tests.

 

12.  I am interested in learning more about DFLL at NHU. Could anyone tell me more about it?

DFLL provides several required courses for basic grounding in western literature, language teaching, and linguistics. Some other courses aim to equip students with moderate ability in English listening, speaking, reading, and writing for their future careers or graduate study. Class advisors are there to provide students with advice and guidance on both academic and personal matters, while instructors often provide office hours for students who come to discuss academic issues.

 

13.  How do I select courses as a freshman?

Freshmen are requested to select one foreign language course and other required courses in our department. DFLL will also give each freshman a conceptual learning map in courses, to provide a general understanding of the four-year department curriculum.

 

14. Does NHU offer any scholarships?

NHU offers students scholarships, such as Fo-Kuang Scholarship. Please visit the university website for further information.

 

15. Can I take a minor or a double-major course?
Yes. Any student can apply for a minor or a double-major course.

 

16. What is the average class size at DFLL?

DFLL has different class sizes which depend on the type of course. As an average, lecture classes range from 40 to 60 students and some specific courses are about 15 to 25 students.

 

17. How do I review my mid-term (or final) exam?

You need to make an appointment first or see your instructor during office hours to review your marks of any exam/test (or assignment). If you think you are in danger of failing the class, talk to your class advisor or instructor immediately and ask for advice on how to improve. Don’t wait until it’s too late!

 

18. Can I take credits from the other colleges at NHU?

Yes. Generally you can take credits offered by the other colleges. Lists of course credits for different departments will be available on the Enrolment Day, or in the college handbook.

 

19. How many credits are required to graduate?

Students at DFLL need to complete a minimum of 150 credits to graduate, plus a certified evidence of English language proficiency. 

 

20. Who should I talk to if I need academic counseling?

If you have problems in any classes, you should talk to your class advisor or instructor. He/she will be able to give you some advice about keeping up in classes and how to fit into university life.

 

21. How do I contact my advisor?

You advisor will give you his/her personal contact information on the first day of class. If not, please reach the main office of the department.

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