Starting classes at Shi-Da

I had my first class at Shi-Da (NTNU; 國立台灣師範大學) today. There are two Koreans, a Vietnamese and a Taiwanese American in my class. The class I am studying in is Newspaper Readings II (新聞選讀第二本). I have studied this book before in my one-on-one class and written about it on my blog. 

I found the pace of the class a little slow, but still interesting. The style of teaching and the dynamic of being in a group class was something that I wasn't really used to. I was able to learn some new vocab and also the teacher introduced a number of interesting anecdotes about Taiwanese culture. I think the real challenge will be the first test. I am really not confident about my writing ability, although I am sure with the need and incentive to practice it will improve fairly quickly. 

I met Todd during the break. I hope to meet another Taiwan blogger there soon. I would like to meet some Thai students so I can practice my much neglected Thai.  I also hope to get to know students from many other countries.

Next update on the class will be after my first test. I must go and do my homework.

5 thoughts on “Starting classes at Shi-Da

  1. Hey, this is Mister Boboli, from flickr. Nice, interesting blog you’ve got here. Welcome to NTNU MTC. I’m not there anymore, myself, but I was taking classes there for about a year and a half. The last class I was in is the one you’re in now. Your Chinese must be pretty impressive! I had a great class which was pretty diverse. Japanese, Indonesian, Thai, Vietnamese, Costa Rican, Czech, American, Australian. I can attest to the fact that you can still learn alot of new stuff even if your pace through the textbook is rather slow. Writing, on the other hand, is entirely dependent on the effort you put into it.

  2. hi David, just wondering if you have any resource to advanced chinese learning courses at night times in taipei universities as i grew up in taiwan, i can read and write very well. just want to improve a bit. please get back to me if you have information on this if you dont mind. i really dont know where to start 🙂

  3. I suggest contacting the language centers at NTU, NTNU, etc. directly. If your Chinese is already at an advanced level you might just take a class in a subject that interests you and use it as an opportunity to improve your language skills.

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