Campus of Kun Shan University

I visited a private university, Kun Shan university, located in Tainan, in the rural southern part of the island of Taiwan. So, I’d like to  introduce the campus of the university. First of all, I want to tell you a little information about Kun Shan University. Kun Shan University is located in Yonkang City, Tainan Prefecture. It is founded in 1969, there are about 14,000 students and it has five departments, Engineering, Business and Management, Creative Media, Information Technology and Humanities.

This is a entrance gate of Kun Shan University.

This is an Engineering Hall. Enter the school gate, the right-hand walking along the sidewalk road, then you can find this building on your right hand.

This is a Wan Ching Hall. Enter the school gate, the right-hand walking along the sidewalk road, then you can find this building on your right hand.

This is a Teaching and Research Building. Enter the school gate, the right-hand walking along the sidewalk road, then you can find this building on your right hand and it is next to the library.

This is a library. Enter the school gate and go straight, then you can soon find the library at the front.

This is a Business Hall. Enter the school gate, the left-hand walking along the sidewalk road, then you can find this building on your left hand.

This is a Information Hall. Enter the school gate, the left-hand walking along the sidewalk road, then you can find this building on your left hand.

This is an entrance of Kun Shan University. Enter the school gate, then you can soon find the central at the front.

Why I asked these questions…

1. いつから日本語を習っていますか?
a. 小学校から b. 中学校から c. 高校から d. 大学から e. その他( )

2. 一週間に何時間ぐらい日本語を勉強しますか?(大学での日本語の授業を含む)

3. なぜ日本語を習おうと思いましたか?

4. どうやって日本語を勉強していますか?
a. 日本の音楽を聴く b. 日本のテレビ番組、映画を観る c. 日本人の友人とチャットする d. 日本の本、漫画、または雑誌を読む e. 大学での日本語の授業のみ f. その他( )

5. 日本語における、あなたの得意な技能は何ですか?
a. リーディング b. スピーキング c. ライティング d. リスニング

6. 日本語における、あなたの苦手な技能は何ですか?
a. リーディング b. スピーキング c. ライティング d. リスニング

7. あなたのご家族の中で日本語を話される方はいますか?
はい/ いいえ

8. 7の質問で「はい」と答えられた方に質問します。その日本語を話される方は、どういう目的で日本語を使いますか?
a. 仕事 b. 趣味 c. 以前、習ったことがある d. その他

9. 日本を訪れたことはありますか?
はい/ いいえ

10. 9の質問で「はい」と答えられた方に質問します。どういう目的で日本を訪れましたか?
a. 買い物 b. 観光 c. 留学 d. その他 

11. もし、お気に入りの日本のアーティスト、音楽、漫画、雑誌、映画、テレビ番組などがあれば自由にお書き下さい。

12. 最後に、日本語に関する質問等があれば自由にお書き下さい。

1. When did you start to learn Japanese?
I asked this question because in Japan students usually start to learn English from the junior high schools and I think I have to learn when Taiwanese students start studying Japanese and how long they have been studying it. Or, I need to compare them on the second language education between in Japan and in Taiwan.

2. How many hours do you study Japanese in a week? (including Japanese classes at university)

3. What did you start to learn Japanese for?
I asked this question in order to learn why they chose Japanese language to study. There are some reasons Taiwanese students have and I think they try to understand Japan and Japanese culture through Japanese language. Japanese culture might be subcultures, for example Japanese animation, comics, music and so on. Taiwanese people might be interested in those subcultures so they started to learn Japanese. I’m really interested in what they have towards Japanese language.

4. How do you study Japanese?
I asked this question because there are many Japanese CDs and magazines at stores in Taiwan so I guess Taiwanese students use them to study Japanese. And, when I get the results of this question, I will find how much popular Japanese CDs and magazines are in Taiwan. I also want to know whether they listen to Japanese songs and read Japanese magazines or not.

5. What is your strongest skill of your Japanese?
I think the results of this question will show that the skills Taiwanese students are good at.

6. What is your weakest skill of your Japanese?
This question is link to the strongest skill of Taiwanese students so it will show that the skills they are poor at. It is said that Japanese is difficult so I want to know the especially difficult skills for Taiwanese students.

7. Do you have anyone in your family who speaks Japanese?
I asked this question because elderly people in Taiwan can speak fluent Japanese and 70 percent of the Taiwanese people had studied Japanese so I guess many Taiwanese students speak Japanese.

8. If you answer YES on Question 7, why does he/she use Japanese?
It is said that in Taiwan many people had studied Japanese and there are many people who still use Japanese in their lives. I want to know in what kinds of situations they use Japanese and for example I think using Japanese during the jobs shows that they have relationships with Japan and Japanese people.

9. Have you ever visited Japan?
It is said that Taiwanese people are interested in Japan and Japanese culture so I think they want to visit Japan. I really want to know how many students have visited Japan.

10. If you answer YES on Question 9, what did you visit Japan for?

11. If you have favorite Japanese singers, music, comics, magazines, movies and TV programs, please write!
I asked this question because I have to Taiwan then I was very surprised that there were a lot of Japanese magazines and CDs at stores. In addition, some Japanese TV programs are broadcast every day. I didn’t know that before visiting Taiwan. I want to know what Taiwanese students like and what their favorites are.

12. Lastly, if you have a questions about Japanese, please write.
For example, the results of this question will give me the Japanese grammar that Taiwanese students can’t understand so I will find the difficult grammar for them. I think It is very interesting for Japanese people.

Lee Teng-hui(1999). Taiwan no Shuchou(Assertion of Taiwan). Tokyo: PHP.

Beginning

This paper will present the results of a survey of Taiwanese students studying Japanese at a small private university, Kun Shan university, located in Tainan, in the rural southern part of the island of Taiwan. Since the Sino-Japanese war in 1895, Japan and Taiwan have had a relationship that is very different from the relationship Japan has with China and Korea, Japan’s governance of Taiwan helped Taiwan improve its infrastructure and Japanese contributions to the educational system improved educational standards so that now, may Taiwanese over 65 often speak fluent Japanese. This survey will try to understand the current young people in Taiwan and their attitudes towards Japan and Japanese.

The history between Japan and Taiwan

Recently I’ve read two books about Taiwan and they are “Assertion of Taiwan” and “Taiwanese and Japanese spirits.” I was able to know the history that Japan and Taiwan share, so I’ like to write about it.

In 1894 Japanese-Sino War broke out and then Japan achieved in victory in that war, so Japan attained the rights to control Taiwan. After that, Japan helped Taiwan to build roads, bridges, ports, railways, water and sewage systems, electrical facilities, and hygienic, medical and educational facilities such as hospitals and school. Taiwan was not development before being governed by Japan. And Japan helped Taiwan to improve infrastructure, so Taiwan exponentially developed. And more, Japan improved educational standards in Taiwan. The classes were taught in Japanese, so over about 65 years old Taiwanese people can speak Japanese very fluently. Those are the reasons why it is said Taiwanese people appreciate Japan and they also like japan. However, I think Taiwanese people don’t appreciate Japan by just helping improve infrastructure and the educational standards. Because Taiwan was governed by Japan, so I think not only helped Taiwan to improve them but also Japan was kindness to Taiwan and governed it democratically.

Japanese language education at Kun Shan University

I’m going to write about Japanese language education at Kun Shan University(崑山科技大学). Kun Shan University is in Tainan, Taiwan and it is one of the sister schools of KGU. I was so happy and surprised when I heard Kun Shan University added to KGU’s sister schools. I’m very interested in the history, culture, languages of Taiwan and most of all I like Taiwan very much. So, I had been planning to write about Taiwan, but first I had no ideas what to write about. I especially want to know about the languages in Taiwan, so I decided to write about Japanese language education.

About a year ago I visited Taiwan with one of my friends. I went to the book stores and CD shops in Taipei, then there were a lot of Japanese magazines and CDs. In addition, some Japanese TV programs are broadcast every day. I was very surprised at them, but I was also very happy to be able to find them.  And, when my friend and I were losing our way in Ximending, a Taiwanese girl told me the way in Japanese. We were able to make ourselves understood a little in Japanese and I’d like to know about Japanese language in Taiwan. It was so good experience to visit Taiwan for me because I visited there just for sightseeing and shopping. But, I think I was able to get very precious and important thing by visiting there. That’s the reason why I’m going to write about Taiwan especially about Japanese language education at Kun Shan University.

About Taiwan

Taiwan is located in the east Asia and the capital city is Taipei. It takes two hours and thirty minutes from Fukuoka to Taipei by airplane. The population of Taiwan is about twenty million and three million, and there are about two million and six hundred thousand people who live in Taipei. The language spoken in Taiwan is Standard Mandarin and the characters are written in traditional Chinese (not in simplified Chinese characters).  The money that is used in Taiwan is New Taiwan Dollars(NT$) and 1 NT$ is about 3 yen.