Our division is established to administer affairs related to the two common required courses for NTU undergraduates: Chinese and English. The Chinese courses aim at strengthening students’ traditional humanistic qualities through reading and appreciating classic works. The English courses, on the other hand, strive to upgrade students’ English ability for academic and career success. Training tailored to foster critical thinking and writing skills has been incorporated into both courses in recent years with the hope of helping students transform their linguistic knowledge into pragmatic competence for integration into their particular fields of specialty.
In addition to the Chinese and English courses, our division is also in charge of planning and implementing the curriculum for Freshman Seminar, Freshman Forum, and other general elective courses, working with great care and vitality to build a learning environment with a sense of belonging capable of helping students adapt to the college life with ease and confidence and to develop with foresight their blueprints for successful studies at NTU. Moreover, there may be courses that merit to be, but cannot be incorporated into the liberal education curriculum; such courses, if approved, are changed into general elective courses. Reviewing those courses also falls into the realm of the Division’s responsibilities.
Our division also provides assistance in the recruitment of faculty members of other NTU academic and research units, such as the Academic Writing Education Center, the Center of iNnovation and Synergy for IntelliGent Home and Living Technology, the Leadership Development Program, and the Creativity and Entrepreneurship Program, with the goal of retaining outstanding educators to further enrich the diversity of NTU’s general elective courses available for selection.
Furthermore, though known for their fine natural aptitude, NTU students may need to reinforce their basic competence so as to complement and optimize their specialty training. In response to this need, our division introduced in Academic Year 2015, the Basic Competence Courses, which accentuate actual practice to help students strengthen their proficiency in writing, reading, presentation, and communication.http://cge.blog.ntu.edu.tw/