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Taiwan Centre for Mandarin Learning in Ireland celebrates first term completion with a feast

2022-06-11
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Taiwan Centre for Mandarin Learning in Ireland celebrates first term completion with a feast
Taiwan Centre for Mandarin Learning in Ireland celebrates first term completion with a feast
Group photo of the end of term ceremony
Group photo of the end of term ceremony
Senator Gerry Horkan presented certificates to students
Senator Gerry Horkan presented certificates to students

The Taiwan Centre for Mandarin Learning in Ireland (TCMLI) was established on February 27 this year, and the 12-week course started on March 18.  On June 10th, a dinner was held for the students to celebrate their course completion on the second floor of Ka Shing Restaurant in Dublin. Members of the board of management, teachers from Dublin School of Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese community leaders were all invited to celebrate with the students. 

Evan Furlong, member of the Overseas Community Affair Council (OCAC), presided over the ceremony, pay tribute to the OCAC for the encouragement and support of the TCMLI, and provided the students with the wonderful Let's Learn Mandarin textbooks and a free, diverse learning environment. Language learning is a lifelong task, and she encourages each student to continue their journeys. The ceremony highlighted with a guest of honor Senator Gerry Horkan to present the certificates of completion for 8 students. He encouraged students to continue the effort in learning and seek opportunities to visit Taiwan to experience the friendly Taiwanese culture and immerse themselves in the target language.

The proficiency level of students in the TCMLI varies, so the teachers use one hour of class time each week to teach immersive cultural workshops, and the online class on Wednesday night is to guide them to participate in differentiated teaching through group discussion breakout rooms. Interesting cultural topics and the use of online teaching and learning apps to enhance learning. In just 12 weeks, beginner students can use the content of Lessons 1 to 6 to do self-introduction or role-playing conversations. Students with better levels presented their end of term performances in different ways. For example, a chef taught a simple cooking demo in Mandarin, and two students chose a Harry Potter movie and used their own dialogues to do voice over.  These presentations were well received with laughter.

Students also commented: “If you don't study hard, you won't improve”; “If I didn't take this course, I wouldn't have had such an amazing experience”; “This course is challenging but fun”; “I really enjoy the cultural workshops, there's nothing else makes me more happy”; “Listen to more people speaking Mandarin progress my learning”; “I love dumplings, but dumplings are hard to make, which makes me want to visit Taiwan in the future".

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