Eight-week CLS program for American students kicks off at NCKU
The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program, an overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students, kicked off at National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Tainan, Taiwan, on June 13.
A total of 20 American students are participating the 8-week program. Most of them are first time visiting Taiwan, some of them have never been to Asia before.
An opening ceremony was held at the university on the morning of June 13 to welcome all the students from the US and mark the new beginning of their journey of language and culture learning.
NCKU President Huey-Jen Jenny Su extended her warm welcome to all the students said, “Welcome you all to spend your summertime here. Let us know if there’s anything we can do to facilitate your study here, making the best out of your summertime.”
She also said, “Working closely with your study partners is highly recommended. They can be your eyes to see the college life in Taiwan.”
“Our teachers are well-established and professional, known for tailor-made program for individual needs,” Su added.
Juan Forrer from University of Arizona who has been studying Chinese for one year said, “This is my first time to Taiwan. I expect to get a better appreciation for Taiwan’s language and culture and also an idea about current politic…. what is on students’ mind what is on people in Taiwan’s mind.”
Megan Cansfield from University of Michigan-Ann Arbor said that she chose this program because she wants to improve her Chinese language proficiency. She also wants to experience what Taiwan is like because she heard it is very different from China.
“Everyone I know who have been to Taiwan has said it is absolutely wonderful,” said Cansfield adding, “I hope that people who go on this program in 5 years or 10 years if they keep studying Chinese they can make a difference in US and China or US and Taiwan relation in the future, having a closer bond with Taiwan.”
In his remarks, John Slover, Public Affairs Officer of AIT's Kaohsiung Branch Office, shared his learning experience with the students saying, learning another language gives us the insight, gives us the ability to see things from two sides, to see things with two directions.”
“Why the state department, why NCKU, and why ministry of education in Taiwan, are putting so much energy to bring you guys out here to study,” said Slover, “and it’s because the world desperately needs more people who can see things in two ways, who can speaks two languages and who can appreciate not just the words but the cultures from both sides.”
Provider: NCKU News