The Department of English was established in 1946, originally as one of the founding departments of the Province of Taiwan Teachers College. The College was renamed National Taiwan Normal University in 1967.

  In 1961, the English Department started an evening extension program which offered to the public a course of study leading to the bachelor’s degree. From 1980 to 1991, this program was modified in order to provide continuing education to in-service teachers and educational administrators. In order to encourage in-service teachers to further their education, the department established a summer TESOL certificate program for junior and senior high school as well as vocational school teachers from 1978 to 2001. Trainees in the program were required to take a 10-credit course load each summer for four years. The trainees received a certificate upon successful completion of the 40-credit program. In 1999, a four-year summer master’s degree program was designed for junior and senior high school and vocational school teachers. The trainees were awarded the M.A. in TESOL after completing the 32-credit course-load, writing an M.A. thesis and passing the oral thesis defense.

  In 2003, a preparatory program for elementary teachers of English at the undergraduate level was designed and set up to help prepare English language teachers in the field of elementary education.

  The Graduate Institute of English Language and Literature was established in 1956 on the strength of the existing faculty and resources of the Department of English. The Institute is the first of its kind and is dedicated to the study of foreign languages and literatures in Taiwan. In addition to its M.A. programs, the Institute began to offer Ph.D. programs in Linguistics and Literature in 1986. In 1996, the Graduate Institute of English Language and Literature was merged with the Department of English as a single teaching and research unit. Since then, the department has offered programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. M.A. and Ph.D. programs in TESOL were established in 1998. In 1999, the graduate program was divided into a Literature Division, Linguistics Division, and TESOL Division. 


Past and current departmental chairperson are shown below:

The current department chair is Professor Chen, Hao-Jan Howard. 
Professor Chang, Yi (35-37 School Year)
Professor Shen, Yi-Zhen (38 School Year)
Professor Liang, Shi-Qiu (39-44 , 46 School Year)
Professor Zhai, Huan (45 School year)   

Professor Ning, Zhu (47-53rd School Year)
Professor Yang, Ching-mai (54-57 School Year)

Professor Chang, Fang-chieh (58-68 School Year)
Professor Yu, Kuang-chung (69 School Year)

Professor Huang, Tzyh-Lai (70-75 School Year)
Professor Huang, Tsan-sui (76-78 School Year)

Professor Shih, Yu-hwei (79-81st School Year)
Professor Teng, I-Lu (82nd-84 School Year)

Professor Huang, Mei-jin Lillian  (85-87 School Year)
Professor Chang, Wu-chang (88-93rd School Year)
Professor Chuang, Kun-Liang (94-95 School Year)
Professor Chern, Chiou-Lan (96-98 School Year)
Professor Liang, Sun-Chieh (99-101 School Year)
Professor Chang, Chiung-Huei Joan (102-104 School Year)



  Most undergraduate students are admitted to the department on the basis of their score on the college entrance examination. However, one-third of all students now enrolled in the department entered via a direct admissions system. There are a total of eight classes at the undergraduate level: two in the freshman, sophomore, junior and senior years.

  At present, there are 229 graduate students pursuing their education at the master’s or doctoral level. Students are generally enrolled in the graduate programs on the basis of their performance on the graduate school entrance examination; only a small number of students are directly admitted into these programs.

Career and Continuing Education

  A majority of the graduates from our department go on to devote themselves to English education in Taiwan, at the high school, college and university levels. Other graduates may enter professions which require a good command of English, such as translation and/or interpretation. 

Vision and Mission

  The NTNU Department of English aims to prepare its students to become teachers of English in secondary schools and to enter other professions that require a good command of English. We also assist in the development of English teaching and learning methodologies and practices at the secondary school level. Therefore, the core curriculum in our four-year undergraduate program emphasizes the four basic English language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) during the first two years of study.  In the last two years, students gain professional knowledge and research skills in literature, linguistics, and TESOL. In addition, we devote ourselves to the promotion of advanced research in British and American literature and theoretical and applied linguistics, as well as to the training of research-oriented college instructors of English.

The Way Forward

  The English Department’s undergraduate and graduate programs still primarily aim to prepare students to be teachers of English in secondary schools, colleges and universities, and to enter other professions that need a good command of English. However, following the cancellation of the grant system and the enactment of the Teacher Preparation Law in 1994, our graduates have been offered the chance to broaden their career horizons, and a wider range of career opportunities is now available to them. In addition to dedicating themselves to English education, our graduates can now enter careers in other areas. These choices include translation and interpretation, industry and commerce, journalism and communications, and foreign affairs and other sectors of public service. Given our founding vision and original mission, we will continue to devote ourselves to training English language teachers for careers in education.  At the same time, we will further strengthen our application-oriented language courses to meet our students’ needs in the future: with courses in translation, interpretation, English journalism, mass communications, and business English.
Alice Hsieh (Student Adviser)--career-related talks, experience sharing events, student counseling, class meetings, student association advising and other student affairs related matters. 
Hsu, Bartleby Hao-ku (Teaching Assistant)-- lab office and language-learning classrooms, department website, department alumni association
Sun, Hui-chiao (Teaching Assistant)-- undergraduate academic affairs for major students 
Wang, Mu-han (administrative specialist)-- Graduate Academic Affairs 
Chaing, Tzu-yi (administrative assistant)-- personnel affair, department evaluation 
Chiu, Yu-li William (administrative specialist)-- General Affairs 
Ho, Ping-jung (administrative specialist)-- Journal: Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies, Department Library 
Huang, Yi-ting Evelyn (administrative specialist)-- Journal: Concentric: Studies in Linguistics, Journal: English Teaching & Learning

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