The Department of German Language and Literature was founded in 1973, and has so far enrolled at least 2,500 students. The graduate program was founded in 2003 and has so far enrolled around 100 students. There are around 260 students enrolled each academic year and our faculty is composed of 11 full time teachers and 11 adjunct teachers with a 3:1 ratio between Taiwanese and German. With the purpose of training and cultivating specialists in German language and culture, our department offers not only basic language training including listening, speaking, reading and writing, but also specialized courses on German literature, politics, education and economy, etc. Furthermore, each academic year, 20 qualified students are able to participate in the overseas program in Germany at University of Münster.
Goals and Purposes of Establishment:
- To develop the social function of German education in the university.
- To promote academic interaction between Taiwan and Germany.
- To provide knowledge and information on the development of German culture and society.
- To train and cultivate specialists in German language and culture.
-Enhances students’ German language ability, including listening, speaking, reading, writing, and translating.
-Offers education on culture, social science, and economy of German society.
-Cultivates students’ global perspective and intercultural cognitive skills.
- Enhances students’ integration ability as well as research abilities on germanophone cultures.
-Offers training in translation studies.
-Offers theory-driven and practice-based training to the future instructors.
The Department of German Language and Literature was originally founded in 1973 as the German Program under the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature. The German Program was later promoted as the Department of German Language and Literature in 1975, and had been a part of the College of Foreign Language and Literature since 1984. It was renamed the Department of German Language and Culture on the August 1st, 1997. The Graduate Program of the Department of German Language and Culture was founded in the 92nd academic year.
The primary goal of the department is to offer students solid training pursuing proficiency in German language as well as the education on specialized knowledge training to enhance the interest and ability on researches in German literature, philosophy, politics, education, and society.
The faculty is composed of 9 full-time professors from Taiwan, including 2 experienced lecturers with a MA degree, a Doctor of Philosophy, a Doctor of Philosophy in Comparative Literature, a Doctor of Education, 2 Doctors of German Language Teaching, a Doctor of Political Science and a Master of Commerce. As for the 2 full-time professors from Germany, one of them holds a doctorate degree in Education and the other is a Doctor of Chinese Studies. We aim to upgrade language learning into cultural and academic level and be the cradle of German culture studies.
As the Graduate Program was founded , our department has become a platform for international academic exchange in the field of German culture studies. From the perspective of world history, Germany has been a major contributor to the developments of different fields, such as humanities, technology, system of decree and regulation, philosophy, music, and art. In 1990, West Germany and East Germany officially became one nation and its international influence has become more and more powerful. From the promotion of European integration and the stabilization of euro currency to the active participation in international affairs, Germany has showed its importance and acted as an intermediary in the world. Furthermore, German is the most widely spoken language in EU and is the second most used language on the internet, not to mention the quantity of German publications rank third in the world. Additionally, Taiwan has also learned a lot about social welfare and electoral systems from Germany. Therefore, with a view to promoting cultural , academic and diplomatic interactions between Taiwan and Germany, cultivating specialists with outstanding language ability and professional skills to promote interaction between Taiwan and Germany culturally, academically, diplomatically is the primary objective of the department.
A. Solid and intensive language training
In the first two years, we aim to lay the foundation of basic language skills such as listening, speaking, reading, and writing. In the third and fourth year, we focus on advanced language training, and most specialized courses are taught in German. In order to enhance students’ competitiveness, those who are enrolled after the 95th academic year must pass the German language proficiency exam level B1 (of CECRL) before graduation.
B. Interest and career oriented curriculum
In addition to the training of students’ basic language skills, various courses are offered to improve the development of their specialties. Students are encouraged to take optional courses including “Literature and Linguistic Courses”, “Humanity Courses” and “Business German Courses” according to their interests. Extra credits from the optional courses of other departments are now acknowledged since the 95th academic year.
C. Overseas program
In order to provide a more in-depth perception of German culture and to strengthen students’ language ability, our department cooperates with the University of Münster and holds overseas programs on their campus. Each year , 20 qualified junior students have the chance to spend a semester in Germany since the 84th academic year. The program was later modified to target sophomore students but the number of students remains the same and the credits taken abroad are acknowledged by the universities and the Ministry of Education. Students who participate in this program are separated into various groups with other international students according to their language ability. To help students to better understand current German culture, the University of Münster also organizes extra-curriculum activities such as museum and art exhibition tours, football games, concerts, etc.