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Pacific Island Youth learn Mandarin Chinese and experience local culture in Taiwan

Pacific Island Youth learn Mandarin Chinese and experience local culture in Taiwan

With the increasing popularity in learning Mandarin Chinese around the world, the number of people learning the language has grown. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of ROC (Taiwan) commissioned the International Cooperation and Deveopment Fund (TaiwanICDF) to implement the 2018 Youth Mandarin Language Training Project for Pacific Island Countries, which is running from August 17 to November 7. A total of 17 young people from Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Solomon Islands, and Tuvalu are participating in this training project, which aims to equip them with the ability to communicate in Mandarin on a basic level. The three-month intensive program includes language classes and various local cultural activities and company visits, allowing students to experience the local culture and lifestyle of Taiwan.

The TaiwanICDF is collaborating with Ming Chuan University to implement this project. In addition to the regular intensive Mandarin language classes, participants will improve their pronunciation and listening skills through e-learning applications and other social media. Besides studying on their own and doing assignments, participants are paired with local students to guide them in their studies. This not only helps to improve learning effectiveness, it can also enhance the interaction between Taiwanese students and the Pacific Island youths, as well as increase their understanding of each other's culture.

By the end of this training course, it is expected that more than 80 percent of participants will have the ability to communicate in Mandarin and reach beginner’s level in the Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language (TOCFL). The communication and analysis skills they gain will enable them to navigate the environment in their daily lives, studies or at work.

We hope that the young people not only learn Mandarin Chinese but also experience the convenience of life and the beauty of multiculturalism in Taiwan. Moreover, with their newly gained language skills, the participants can come back again to pursue further studies and cultivate long-term friendships in Taiwan.

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  • Date:2018/9/6