The Center for EMI (English as a Medium of Instruction) Teaching Excellence at Si Wan College was established on August 1, 2021 in support of the Bilingual Nation policy of Taiwan’s educational system to cultivate tomorrow’s talents and bring the world to Taiwan.
The Center for EMI Teaching Excellence at Si Wan College inspires excellence and innovation in teaching and learning under the aegis of the unique environment, strong administrative organization, and excellent teaching team at National Sun Yat-sen University.
The mission of the Center for EMI Teaching Excellence at Si Wan College is to provide all students with a quality general education learning experience, support faculty in achieving excellence in teaching, and enhance partnership with the university community to cultivate a dynamic teaching and learning experience. The Center aims to foster an intellectually stimulating, bilingual and multicultural environment that will equip participants with the skills necessary to succeed on the global stage.
The programs of the Center for EMI Teaching Excellence, which collectively aim to enhance student learning through pedagogical development, are guided by the following goals:
1. Establish a natural, diverse, and inclusive English teaching and learning environment.
2. Develop students’ academic knowledge and competence as well as their English abilities and communication skills.
3. Facilitate the sharing of instructional ideas, innovations, strategies, and resources among faculty to enhance student learning.
4. Foster an intellectual, resilient, and thriving community of educators and learners to promote inclusive, accessible, and engaging environments to better serve our students, the university, and the community.
The Center for EMI Teaching Excellence is comprised of two core duties:
1. EMI General Education Teaching Promotion : responsible for EMI instruction enhancement planning, EMI curriculum development, Student English learning enhancement planning
2. College English: College English enhancement planning
Special Program Highlights: EMI General Education Honors Program
Honors Program Description
The EMI General Education Honors Program is composed of an enriched, interdisciplinary general education curriculum taken primarily during students’ first, second, and third year at the university known as the “EMI General Education Honors Core Curriculum.” All of the Honors courses have been designed especially for the Honors Program by experienced faculty who teach them using English as a medium of instruction. In the program students are introduced to major themes, issues, and methods of inquiry across disciplines through which students develop and sharpen their reading, writing, scientific, analytical, critical thinking, and communication skills. The Honors Colloquia are designed for students to share research and learning outcomes, in addition to enhancing presentation skills. The Honors Service-learning provides students with opportunities to put English communication skills into practice, develop global views, and establish professional network in conjunction with acquiring pre-career skills.
Honors Program Special Advantages
The EMI General Education Honors Program offers students several special advantages, such as:
- the opportunity to register for honors classes early;
- an enriched general education curriculum for rigorous academic preparation;
- an academically fulfilling curriculum through the lens of our culturally rich, ever-evolving city;
- research, creativity, and academic exploration;
- greater self-awareness and purpose;
- cultural and social events with faculty and peers;
- hands-on research opportunities with accomplished research faculty;
- honors service-learning opportunity to enhance professional skills, expand global views, establish professional network, and increase international competiveness.
EMI General Education Honors Core Curriculum
The EMI General Education Honors Core Curriculum satisfies a portion of the university general education requirements through specially designed interdisciplinary courses. The Honors Core Curriculum is comprised of the following three components:
- An enriched, interdisciplinary general education curriculum taken primarily during students’ first, second, and third year at the university (known as the EMI General Education Honors Program Core Curriculum). The Core Curriculum is comprised of a total of 16 credits in the following three components: Core Courses (9 credits), Electives (6 credits), and Honors Service-learning (1 credit).
- Students are required to participate in Honors Colloquia to share research and learning outcomes in addition to enhancing presentation skills.
- Complete Honors Service-learning (1 credit) to enhance English communication skills, develop global views, establish professional network, and acquire pre-career skills.
全英語通識教育精英學程核心課程 (16 學分)
|1. Required (9 credits)|
|GEAI1031||Developing Multicultural Awareness In English Classroom||3||Virginia Shen|
|GEAI1032||Improving Communication Skills Through Functional English||3||Virginia Shen|
|GEAE2332||Socio-Cultural Analysis||3||Chi-Chung Wang|
|2. Elective (6 credits)|
|GEAI1020||Speaking English With Confidence Through Experiential Learning||3||Virginia Shen|
|GEAI1021||Writing For Success In English||3||Virginia Shen|
|GEAI1023||Democracy In Taiwan||3||Chiahao Hsu|
|GEAI1049||Eco-Innovative Design||3||Cheng-Jung Yang|
|GEAE2431||Exploring The History Of Kaohsiung Through Local Architecture||3||Koching Chao|
|GEAE2520||Nature Of Science||2||Shu-chiu Liu|
|GEAE2501A||The Application Of Scientific Inquiry||3||Huann-shyang Lin|
|GEAE2222||Critical Thinking In A Post-Truth Era||3||Brady Michael Jack|
|GEAE2217||Ethics In A Global Society||3||Brady Michael Jack|
|GEAE2139||Kaohsiung Society And Culture||3||Brady Michael Jack|
|3. Service Learning Course(1 credit)|
|GESL_______||Service Learning: English Service||1|
Students should note that these Honors courses only fulfill a portion of their total university general education requirements. Students complete the remainder of their university general education requirements through standard general education coursework. Some colleges or degree programs may have general education requirements in addition to those fulfilled by the Si Wan College EMI General Education Honors Core Curriculum.
Upon the completion of all EMI General Education Honors Program requirements, students will receive a Certificate of Completion.
All NSYSU students with high academic motivations and promise have the opportunity to participate in the EMI General Education Honors Program. Students in all degree-granting majors and professional programs, as well as undeclared majors, are eligible to apply. There are two different pathways for students to join the EMI General Education Honors program in Fall 2021 (110-1學年):
- All Fall 2021 (110.1) freshmen classes of the Department of Electrical Engineering, the Department of Mechanical and Electro-Mechanical Engineering, and the Department of Chemistry;
- Students from other programs (or transfer students from other accredited institutions) with intermediate English proficiency or above.
If you are interested in the EMI General Education Honors Program or have any questions about EMI general education courses at Si Wan College, please feel free to contact the Center for EMI Teaching Excellence at email@example.com or 07-525-2000# 5808 for further information.