How to Write in English Mini-Course

*Please note that the location has been changed to Yangming campus, Teaching Building, Room 305 / 陽明校區教學大樓305室.*

This semester, we’ll offer a mini-course that covers some basic issues in English writing. Please see the following links for more information in both English and Chinese. Participation is free for NYCU students, faculty, and staff, but you must register for the mini-course before 12:00 on 9/23/2022.

English Chat Hour will continue in June

English Chat Hour is an informal setting for students to practice their English conversation skills. We chat about a different topic each week: music, movies, YouTube videos, etc.

  • Dates: almost every Thursday in June (6/2, 6/9, 6/16, 6/23)
  • Times: 11:10-12:00 and 13:20-14:10
  • Place: online due to the pandemic—please check our Google Calendar for the Google Meet link. (Note: In order to view the calendar, you must log in to your NYCU Gmail account.)

Our goal is to give you an opportunity to practice using your English skills without causing you to feel any pressure. There’s no need to register beforehand, and you don’t have to attend every week. You can just show up whenever you feel like practicing your English skills.

NYCU Talk

NYCU Talk is an English presentation competition that we co-organized with the Office of Bilingual Education. This competition is the biggest event related to English education that NYCU has held since the merger between Yang Ming and Chiao Tung took place last year. At the end of the event, we took a group photo in which we all made Ys and Cs with our hands to show our unity after the merger.

Around 50 NYCU students submitted videos of their presentations for the first round of the competition, and 16 of those students made it to the final round, which took place on Thursday, May 19. Those 16 student delivered their presentations live online to an audience of around 100 people, and we all saw 16 great examples of how to deliver an effective presentation in English. We awarded cash prizes to the top three places in the undergraduate student group and the graduate student group.

Undergraduate student group:

  • First place: 沈維哲 Victor Shen: Preclinical medical students
  • Second place: 朱立恆 Caleb: The daydream of my campus life
  • Third place: 張育哲 Yuh Jer Chang: Quantum is everywhere

Graduate student group:

  • First place: 黃千瑜 Chien Yu Huang: Lung-on-a-chip
  • Second place: 廖家鴻 Aaron Liao: A BIMAC-infra for open banking ecosystem
  • Third place: 黃俊達 Huang Chun-Ta: Diabetic kidney disease: Risk factors and prevention

Many thanks to the students who participated, and to the Office of Bilingual Education for all their hard work organizing this event.

Personal Statements Workshop

On Wednesday, April 20, we held a workshop on how to write an effective personal statement / statement of purpose when applying to study abroad. The speaker was Jonathon Hricko, Director of the Language Learning and Writing Center. If you’re a current NYCU student or recent graduate of NYCU who is working on a personal statement, you can book a free consultation with us. We can work together to improve your personal statement!

English Chat Hour

English Chat Hour is an informal setting for students to practice their English conversation skills. We chat about a different topic each week: music, movies, YouTube videos, etc.

  • Dates: Every Thursday in May (5/5, 5/12, 5/19, and 5/26)
  • Times: 11:10-12:00 and 13:20-14:10
  • Place: Yangming Campus, Zhi Xing Building (Front), Room 203 (above 7-Eleven) or online—please check our Google Calendar for the Google Meet link. (Note: In order to view the calendar, you must log in to your NYCU Gmail account.)

Our goal is to give you an opportunity to practice using your English skills without causing you to feel any pressure. There’s no need to register beforehand, and you don’t have to attend every week. You can just show up whenever you feel like practicing your English skills.

EMI Faculty Workshop

This past Wednesday, April 13, we had a workshop for faculty members about teaching English-Medium Instruction (EMI) courses at NYCU. There were two presentations: one by Chia-Feng Lu, Deputy Director of NYCU’s EMI Center, and one by Jonathon Hricko, Director of the Language Learning and Writing Center. We had some good discussion regarding the challenges of teaching EMI courses. Many thanks to all the faculty members who attended!

English Presentation Workshop

Last Thursday (4/7/2022), we all learned a lot from Professor Yann-Ru Ho about how to deliver an effective presentation in English. Many thanks to Yann-Ru for sharing her knowledge and expertise with us, and for giving students an opportunity to practice and develop their English presentation skills.