College of Humanities and Education - Applied Linguistics and Language Studies
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The Department of Applied Linguistics and Language Studies (ALLS) at Chung Yuan Christian University was established in 1999 and launched its M.A. program in 2005.

The courses provided by these two programs are taught exclusively in English. The undergraduate program focuses on enhancing students' English skills. In addition, the undergraduate program focuses on English language training and subfields in Applied Linguistics (TESOL and Translation/Interpretation.) Additionally, undergraduate students are required to learn a second foreign language (i.e., French, German, Japanese, or Spanish) and pass the 2nd language proficiency test as one of the graduation requirements.

The M.A. program emphasizes students' professional knowledge in the subfields of linguistics, foreign language pedagogy, and/or translation and interpretation in addition to training English language skills.


  1. Solid basic training in English. We focus on training our students in 5 basic aspects -- listening comprehension, speaking, reading, writing and translating. The student-teacher ratio in all our courses is reasonable, and lecture halls are equipped with Internet access, multimedia technology and advanced translation equipment to help our students gain a solid level of English proficiency.
  2. Systematic second foreign language education. We also provide courses in French, German, Japanese and Spanish to develop trilingual talents with a pluralistic, international perspective.
  3. Pragmatic applied linguistics curriculum. “TESOL” and “T & I” study tracks are available to students: they can choose to major in either track based on their interests, and become competitive foreign language professionals.
  4. Globalized education. More exchange programs for our students are being initiated each year. We also try to help the students develop an international perspective.
  5. Comprehensive teaching and learning software and hardware. ALLS has set up a Language Self-learning Computer Room, a Multimedia Materials Editing Room, a Translation and Interpretation Room, a Remedial Writing Room, an English Pronunciation Lab, a Second Foreign Language Study Consultation Room, an English Study Consultation Room and an English Speech Room so that students and teachers have available all the facilities they may need.
  6. Excellence in teaching and instruction. Our faculty comprises of 19 PhDs and 14 instructors. Among them 28 are Taiwanese, 2 American, 1 German, 1 Spanish, and 1 Japanese.
  7. Balanced focus on research and teaching. An M.A. program has been provided in ALLS for students who wish to pursue research in the field of applied linguistics and language studies. The coursework focus of our M.A. program combines key areas such as foreign language education, linguistic theories, information technology and comparative culture, proving that ALLS is indeed an inter-disciplinary academic unit.
  8. Teacher-student interaction. Students not only receive training in professional knowledge and skills in their class hours, but also are encouraged to spend time with our faculty members outside of class. They can use the time to discuss various issues, expand their viewpoints, mold their characters and develop their independent thinking and problem-solving abilities.
  9. High standards in foreign language certification. To help students improve their foreign language level, ALLS has set certain standards for foreign language testing and certificate requirements. These are also a driving force for students to constantly improve their foreign language proficiency.

Future Prospects

  1. Participate in more cross-country cooperation to enhance students’ international perspective and ability to communicate in foreign languages.
  2. Expand our practicums for T&I and TESOL students to make them more competitive after graduation.
  3. Integrate research resources at both the undergraduate and graduate levels to develop a unique research direction and boost our research capacity.
  4. Provide professional T&I courses for interested students from other colleges in CYCU to help them develop a second path of professionalism.
  5. Hold extension T&I courses for faculty members of other departments and colleges.
  6. Give free summer-time extensive English training to students who are willing to take it.
  7. Invite more distinguished visiting scholars.
  8. Encourage students and teachers alike to participate in more research projects from agencies such as the National Science Council (NSC) and the Ministry of Education (MOE).


Core Competence

The indexes below are used to assess students' core competence. Please see the Index description for more information.

Index Caption Index Description performance
Using foreign languages and gaining professional knowledge Use English in speaking, listening, reading, writing, translating, and to use the second foreign language skills (French, Japanese, Spanish, or German) to express oneself; gain knolwedge in professional fields, such as foreign language teaching, English for specific purposes (ESP), oral and written intepretation, linguistics, literature, culture, etc. ※ Able to use the professional knowledge from the class to answer related questions.※ Able to analyze the relation between various core courses.※Able to fully understand the professional know-how and integrate it into complete knowledge.
Integrating knowledge and responding to situations Integrate learned knowledge and experience into one's own knowledge; seek outside resources to respond to new situations. ※Able to apply easy concept to help understand complicated theories.※ Able to induce common ideas from partial or sectional knowledge.※Able to apply whatever he learned to establish a unique personal knowledge system.※Able to adjust attitude to face new situations.※ Able to seek support from others to face new situations.※Able to seek outside resources to face new situations.
Applying knowledge in life Apply learned knowledge and experiences to everyday life and to work. ※Able to acquire new experience and feelings from work or real life practice.※Able to accumulate new experience from work or real life practice.※Able to learn from accumulated experience.
Using a multi-perspective approach to solve problems Think creatively and critically; integrate professional knowledge and skills to seek solutions to problems. ※Able to develop a new direction in the professional field.※Able to take actions in the professional field.※Able to create new results in the professional field.※Able to propose personal ideas or concepts.※Able to add new perspectives to original thinking.※Able to go beyond old thinking or concepts.※Able to use questioning to clarify the problems.※Able to find projects to solve problems.※Able to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of different problem-solving projects.
Communicating and cooperating with others Within the global environment, understand similarities and differences between cultures, be able to communicate with individuals and groups of people; coordinate and unite together to accomplish assignment(s). ※ Able to clearly express personal opinions in group activities※Able to understand other people’s message when communicating with others.※Other people may understand the message I want to convey when communicating.※Able to understand each other when exchanging ideas with others.
Adjusting to situations and learning continuously Express oneself appropriately when facing challenges; build self-confidence to complete tasks when dealing with pressure; learn continously to live up to one's greatest potential. ※Able to express personal emotions appropriately when encountering pressure.※Able to control personal emotions appropriately when encountering pressure.※Able to take challenges bravely when encountering pressure.※Able to face pressure with calm and sensible attitude.※Able to maintain flexibilities and have contingency plans when facing pressure.※Able to relax and release pressure to reach harmony among body, mind, and spirit when facing stress.※Able to use active and aggressive attitude to face pressure.
Understanding civic responsibility and taking social responsbility Understand professional and moral ethics; cultivate appropriate social values; take social responsibility to serve the public and seek benefits to the society. ※Able to distinguish right from wrong, goodness from evil.※Able to have appropriate and just value.※Able to distinguish the etiquettes and ethics in human interactions.※Able to follow the rules in interpersonal communications.※Able to demonstrate appropriate social behavior voluntarily.


  1. 1. Required Courses
  2. Course Title Credits
    Seminar in Linguistics 3
    Research Methods 3
    Thesis Writing 1 2
    Thesis Writing 2 2
    TOTAL 10
  3. Concentrations (TESOL track or T/I track)
  4. TESOL Credits
    Seminar in Foreign Language Acquisition 3
    Seminar in Foreign Language Teaching Methods and Materials 2
    TOTAL 5
    Translation and Interpretation Credits
    Translation theory 3
    English-Chinese Contrastive Analysis Translation 2
    TOTAL 5
  5. Credits Requirement for Graduation
  6. Required / Elective Credits
    Required 15
    Elective 15
  7. The Guidelines for Postgraduate Programme (1) The maximum of taking coueses offered by the other graduate schools at CYCU shall be no more than 6 credits. (2) Postgraduates who were non-major in the undergraduate programme will be requested to take courses in relation to the domain of applied linguistics, approved by the panel of graduate curriculum. (3) The panel will assign the temporary advisors to each newly-admitted postgraduates for courses counseling in the first academic year. (4) Postgraduates are asked to ensure their supervisors no later than the last week of the end of the third semester.