I. Course requirements

 The following regulations govern the conduct and award of Master's Degree in Institute of Linguistics (hereinafter referred to as the Institute) of National Chung Cheng University (hereinafter referred to as the CCU). For matters which are not covered by the regulations, please refer to the University's policies and other relevant principles. 

  • Students must take at least 34 credits from the courses.

A. Required courses

1. Linguistics Program (13 credits)

a. Phonology I (3 credits)

b. Syntax I (3 credits)

c. Research and Writing (3 credits)

d. Colloquium (4 credits, required in first and second year)

2. Studies in Chinese Language Teaching and Learning Program (CLT&L) (10 credits)

a. Linguistic Structure of Chinese(3 credits)

b. Research and Writing (3 credits)

c. Colloquium (4 credits, required in first and second year)

B. Elective courses

1. Linguistics Program (21 credits):

Students are required to choose one major area (at least 9 credits) and one minor area (at least 6 credits) among the following six areas:

a. Phonology and Phonetics

b. Syntax and Semantics

c. Pragmatics and Sociolinguistics

d. Languages and Cognition

e. Corpus and Computational Linguistics

f Teaching Chinese as a Second Language

2. CLT&L Program (24 credits):

Students in CLT&T are required to choose Teaching Chinese as a Second Language as the major area (at least 12 credits) and one minor area (at least 6 credits) among the following other five areas:

a. Phonology and Phonetics

b. Syntax and Semantics

c. Pragmatics and Sociolinguistics

d. Languages and Cognition

e. Corpus and Computational Linguistics

f. Teaching Chinese as a Second language

II. Students for Master Degree Program must take at least 6 credits in the first and second semester, and may take at least 3 credits from the third semester.

III. MA Thesis Advisor(s)

Students may choose one advisor in the second semester, but students have to choose one by the end of the third semester.

IV. Internship for Students of CLT&L

A. Students in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language Program are required to participate in internship at schools of all levels (including language centers in universities), which are approved by educational authorities or professional advisory groups within or outside local Taiwan area, prior to their submission of application for the oral defense.

B. The subjects of internship must be non-native speakers of Mandarin Chinese. The required hours dedicated to Mandarin Chinese class teaching have to be at least 72 hours.

V. Academic Ethics and Integrity (or Academic Integrity)

Students should complete the educational courses of Academic Ethics and Integrity, according to ‘National Chung Cheng University Rules on Graduate Students for Academic Ethics and Integrity (國立中正大學研究生學術倫理教育實施要點)’, before the end of the first semester. Submission of application for degree exam (oral defense) will be accepted with the proof of completion.

VI. Thesis Oral Defense

A. The total size of the committee is 3 to 5 members, including thesis advisor(s).

B. One member of the committee must be from outside the Institute. If necessary, this outside member may be from another university.

C. The thesis advisor should decide the committee convener (the thesis advisor cannot be the committee convener) and date of the oral defense.

D. The committee can include two co-advisors.

E. Thesis advisor must be professors of our Institute basically. Students can find one outside the Institute, but one of the Institute professors must be the co-advisor.

F. The passing grade for the oral defense is 70 out of 100 points. All members of the committee will grade the defense once and the result is the average of the grades given. If two of the members fail the candidate, then no averaging of the grade is done and the candidate fails the defense. A student may apply for a second round of oral defense within the study time limitation for the program. A student who fails the second oral defense will be forced to drop out.

VII. Scholarship

Please refer to the “National Chung Cheng University Notes on Graduate Student Scholarship and Fellowship”. The detailed implementation follows the Institute’s announcement.

VIII. Supplements

A. These regulations are processed and revised according to the related rules of CCU. The Institute can revise the rules and regulations according to the needs of research and teaching. Any revision shall be approved by Committee of Institute Affairs.

B. The rules and regulations stated in this document shall be administered after they are approved by Committee of Institute Affairs and Office of Academic Affairs. Any revision to this guideline must follow the same procedures.

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