2/14/18

2018 Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language (TOCFL) is now accepting applications


The Education Division of the Taipei Economic and Culture Office (TECO) in Houston will administer the 2018 Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language (TOCFL) on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at the University of Houston – Downtown 【 One Main Street, Suite GSB311 (3F, Girard Street Building), Houston, TX 77002 / phone: 713-221-8027】.

The TOCFL is intended for those that wish to measure their Chinese proficiency and is available in both traditional and simplified character versions. Since 2014, the levels of the TOCFL have been reformed in order to correspond to the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment). The new version of the TOCFL has three proficiency bands: Band A, Band B, and Band C. Each of the bands has two levels. 

According to the AP Course Description, “Course work provides students with opportunities to perform Intermediate- to Advanced-level tasks, and students are expected to achieve proficiencies throughout, and sometimes beyond, the Intermediate range, as described in the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Proficiency Guidelines.” Therefore, if the students want to pass the AP test, they have to reach the intermediate level of the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines, which corresponds to level 3 of the TOCFL. The students could take the TOCFL as a practice test for AP test preparation.

Examinees who pass the test will receive a Chinese Proficiency Certificate as a credential for the followings:
  • Becoming eligible for the “Taiwan Scholarship” and “Ministry of Education Huayu Enrichment Scholarship” sponsored by the government and for studying in Taiwan.
  • Qualifying for admission to academic programs at colleges or universities in Taiwan.
  • Serving as a job-required proof of Chinese language proficiency for individuals who wish to obtain Chinese-inclusive, bilingual employment globally.
  • Providing an incentive to those who are interested in learning Chinese

TOCFL will be administered via the Internet. There are two sections (listening and reading) which take a total of about two hours to complete. Please see http://www.sc-top.org.tw for the mock-test.

Registration is accepted from February 14 to March 8, 2018. Please register at the website: https://usa.sc-top.org.tw/In order to complete the registration process, please print out the registration form and mail it along with the registration fee to Education Division, TECO in Houston (11 Greenway Plaza, Suite 2012, Houston, TX 77046) before 03/08/2018. The registration will be cancelled if the examinees fail to submit the registration fee before 03/08/2018.
Required documents and fee are as follows.
1. Confirmation form
2. Registration fee: Check only ( payable to Education Division, TECO in Houston)
Traditional Character: $30 USD
Simplified Character:   $40 USD
If any accredited organizations or Chinese schools are willing to administer a group test, please contact the Education Division of the Taipei Economic and Culture Office in Houston beforehand. 

Please direct all questions to the Education Division of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Houston at 713.840.3854 or brownie.ch@mail.moe.gov.tw.


The proficiency levels of TOCFL in corresponding relationship with CEFR and ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines.



2018休士頓地區華語文能力測驗(TOCFL) 開始接受報名!


駐休士頓臺北經濟文化辦事處教育組訂於 2018年4月7日(星期六)上午10時假休士頓大學城中校區 【University of Houston – Downtown, 地址: One Main Street, Suite GSB311 (3F, Girard Street Building), Houston, TX 77002】 舉辦2018年休士頓電腦化華語文能力測驗 (Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language,簡稱TOCFL)。

為對應「歐洲語言學習、教學、評量共同參考架構 (CEFR)」,華語測驗共分為三等六級。三等分別為入門基礎級、進階高階級及流利精通級,而每一等又可再依據測驗成績細分為兩級,分別為入門級、基礎級、進階級、高階級、流利級、精通級,共六級。依據美國大學理事會(College Board) 公布關於中文預修 (AP Chinese Language and Culture)的課程說明,學生接受AP課程結束後的程度,接近全美外語教學協會 (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, ACTFL)語言能力指標 (Proficiency Guidelines) 的中高級程度(Intermediate high),對應於華語測驗考試進階級(Level 3)。意即若學生能通過華語測驗的進階級,其程度相當於可通過中文AP考試。請參閱對照表。

華語文能力測驗採用線上報名及電腦化施測。測驗分有正體與簡體版本,全程使用電腦作答,無須手寫文字。測驗完畢螢幕可立即顯示測驗成績。通過測驗者將獲頒華語文能力證明書,可做為申請「臺灣獎學金」與「教育部華語獎學金」等語文能力證明用途,具有就學及就業優勢。亦可以做為中文AP考試的模擬測驗。歡迎大休士頓地區想瞭解自己華語文能力者報名參加。

休士頓地區華語能力測驗報名費為40元,為推廣正體字,報考正體字版本的考生可享優惠價30元。報名日期自2018年2月14日至3月8日止。請至線上報名網站: https://usa.sc-top.org.tw/ 註冊並列印出報名表,於本年3月8日前將報名表及報名費支票(支票抬頭為Education Division, TECO in Houston)郵寄達駐休士頓臺北經濟文化辦事處教育組:11 Greenway Plaza, Suite 2012, Houston, TX 77046。請務必於本年3月8日前繳費方完成報名手續。考生可自行上華測會網站瞭解各報考等級所需字彙(網址:http://www.sc-top.org.tw),或進行線上模擬試題測試。有意辦理團體考試的各機構,歡迎以電郵brownie.ch@mail.moe.gov.tw或電話713-840-3854與駐休士頓教育組連絡。

華語文能力測驗分級方式及與歐洲共同語文參考架構(CEFR)、美國外語教學協會指標(ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines)之對應關係。

2/6/18

MOE Huayu Enrichment Scholarship (HES) 2018


2018學年度教育部華語文獎學金
Huayu Enrichment Scholarship 2018

Application period: February 1, 2018 - March 31, 2018

NOTE:

Our office accepts applications from the following states: Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. If you are not sure where to submit your application, please check the following website: http://www.tw.org/scholarships/.

DOCUMENTS DOWNLOAD:
Availabilities
There are twelve (12) openings available for MOE HES 2018-2019. Each applicant may select from the following durations: 2 months (limited to 2018 summer courses), 3 months, 6 months, 9 months, or 12 months. Eligible applicants from Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas are welcome to submit applications.
Eligibility
1. Applicants must be American nationals, above the age of eighteen (18), with a high school diploma or higher degree, must have excellent academic records, and must be of good moral character.
2.  Applicants are ineligible if they meet any of the following restrictions:
˙ overseas Chinese or nationals of the Republic of China (Taiwan);
˙ students who are currently registered at any universities/colleges or enrolled in Mandarin language training programs in Taiwan;
˙ individuals who have received an MOE HES or MOE Taiwan Scholarship in the past;
˙ exchange or dual/joint degree students admitted in accordance with academic cooperation agreements between local universities/colleges and foreign universities/colleges;
˙ individuals who are currently receiving financial benefits from the Taiwanese government or any educational institutions in Taiwan.
Duration
1.  Each applicant must select the duration of the scholarship for which they will apply. Study period may vary based on the duration selected, as described below:
Scholarship Duration
Study Period
2 months
Limited to summer courses from June to July, 2018 or from July to August, 2018
3 months
Courses between September 1, 2018 and August 31, 2019 (2018 academic year)
6 months
9 months
12 months
Courses from September 1, 2018 to August 31, 2019 (2018 academic year)
2. The Education Division of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Houston reserves the right to decide the duration of scholarship for successful candidates.
Award Value
1. Each scholarship recipient will receive monthly stipends of 25,000 New Taiwan Dollars (NTD) in conjunction with the duration of scholarship approved.
2.  The foreign exchange rate from USD to NTD is estimated at 1 to 30. The actual exchange rate is subject to currency fluctuations.
Application
1.          Required documents:
˙a completed HES Application Form 2018-2019, signed and dated by the applicant
˙a photocopy of the applicant’s passport or other documents that can verify the nationality of the applicant
˙a photocopy of the certificate of the applicant’s highest degree obtained and original academic transcripts from that institution. Note: Transcripts must be sealed and signed/stamped by the institutions that issue the documents. Transcripts that are issued by international educational institutions must be presented in English language and authenticated by an overseas Representative Office of the Republic of China (Taiwan).
˙proof of application to language centers in Taiwan (e.g. photocopies of application form, a notice or e-mail from the language centers acknowledging their receipt of the application, etc.)
˙two letters of recommendation, sealed and signed by the writers
˙original Ministry of Education Huayu Enrichment Scholarship Program Terms of Agreement, signed and dated by the applicant
2.          Submission:
˙Applications will be accepted between February 1, 2018 and March 31, 2018.
˙Applicants must directly apply for admission to language centers on the List of Language Center. Proof of application for admission to language centers is required for the HES application.
˙Applications must be sent to the following office and postmarked no later than March 31, 2018 at:
Attn: HES
Education Division of TECO in Houston
11 Greenway Plaza, Suite 2012
Houston, TX 77046, U.S.A.
˙All HES applicants will be notified by May 31, 2018 of the selection results.
˙Successful candidates must submit a photocopy of the admission letter that is issued by the language center at houston@moetw.org by June 30, 2018.
˙Two-month scholarship applicants MUST submit a photocopy of the admission letter that is issued by the language center upon their application for the HES.
3.          Program contact:
Education Division of Taipei Economy and Cultural Office in Houston
Address:
11 Greenway Plaza, Suite 2012
Houston, TX 77046, U.S.A.
Telephone: 713-871-0851
E-mail: houston@moetw.org
Selection
1. Applications are considered complete when all of the aforementioned Required Documents have been submitted. Incomplete applications or those missing required documents will be withdrawn from the selection process without further notice to the applicants.
2. Documents will be reviewed during the preliminary selection process and interviews with qualified candidates via internet or telephone may be required for the final selection process.
3. Late applications will not be considered for the selection.
Other Regulations


1. The application instructions are given in Chinese and English and, in the event of any discrepancy, the Chinese version will take precedence over the English text.
2. For further details on the regulations for HES, please refer to the Ministry of Education Huayu Enrichment Scholarship (HES) International Student Directions (EN).

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Last update: January 10, 2018

MOE Taiwan Scholarship 2018


2018學年度教育部臺灣獎學金
The Ministry of Education Taiwan Scholarship 2018-2019

Application Period: February 1, 2018 - March 31, 2018

NOTE:
Our office accepts applications from the following states: Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. If you are not sure where to submit your application, please check the following website: http://www.tw.org/scholarships/.

DOCUMENTS DOWNLOAD:

Availabilities
There are eight (8) openings available for the MOE Taiwan Scholarship 2018-2019. Eligible individuals from Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas are welcome to submit applications.

Eligibility
1.        Applicants must be American nationals with a high-school diploma or post-secondary degree(s), have excellent academic records and be of good moral character.
2.        Applicants are ineligible if they meet any of the following restrictions:
l overseas Chinese students or nationals of the Republic of China (Taiwan);
l students who are currently registered or have obtained student status at any universities/colleges in Taiwan (graduating students pursuing further studies are exempt from this rule);
l students who have studied in Taiwan for the same level of a degree program as the one they intend to enroll;
l exchange or dual/joint degree students admitted in accordance with academic cooperation agreements between local universities/colleges and foreign universities/colleges;
l individuals who have been recipients of the MOE Taiwan Scholarship for over a total of five (5) years;
l individuals who have, in the past, had their MOE Taiwan Scholarship or MOE Huayu Enrichment Scholarship (HES) revoked;
l recipients of any other scholarship or subsidy funded by the Taiwan government or educational institutions in Taiwan. However, this does not include preferential prices offered by universities/colleges to cover tuition and other fees exceeding this scholarship limit.
3.        Applicants should apply directly for admission within the application periods specified by each university/college.

Duration and Limits
1.        The maximum scholarship duration on each degree level for each recipient is as the following:
               (1)     Four (4) years for bachelor’s degree programs
               (2)     Two (2) years for master’s degree programs
               (3)     Four (4) years for doctoral programs
2.        The total length of the scholarship duration for each recipient is limited to five (5) years in a combination of different degree levels.
3.        The scholarship award period for each academic year is from September 1 to August 31 of the following year.

Award Value
The MOE provides each recipient of the MOE Taiwan Scholarship with the following:
1.   Tuition and fees: Upon validation of tuition and fees, the MOE will pay up to 40,000 New Taiwan Dollar (NTD) each semester for each recipient. Should the total amount of tuition and fees exceed 40,000 NTD, the remainder of all costs shall be covered by the recipient. Tuition and fees do not include any of the following: administration fees, thesis advising fees, insurance premiums, accommodation, or internet access, all of which are must be paid by the recipients.
2.    Subsistence allowance: The MOE will provide each recipient undertaking undergraduate studies with a monthly stipend of 15,000 NTD; it will provide each recipient undertaking postgraduate studies with a monthly stipend of 20,000 NTD.

Application
1.         Required documents:
              (1)      A completed Taiwan Scholarship Application Form 2018-2019;
              (2)      A copy of the applicant’s passport or other documents that can verify the nationality of the applicant;
              (3)      A copy of the certificate of the applicant’s highest degree obtained;
              (4)      Original academic transcripts (sealed) from the institution that the applicant obtained his/her highest degree;
              (5)      Proof of application for admission to universities/colleges in Taiwan (e.g. photocopies of application form(s), etc.) *The name of the school(s) and degree program(s) must be specified in those documents;
              (6)      A copy of the Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language (TOCFL) certificate of Level 3 or above. All-English taught programs applicants may be exempt from this requirement;
              (7)      Two letters of recommendation from school principals, professors, academic counselors, or supervisors;
              (8)      Statement of Purpose; and
              (9)      Terms of Agreement for the Ministry of Education Taiwan Scholarship Program (signed and dated by the applicant).
Note: The required documents will NOT be returned to applicants.
2.         Submission (*Late applications will NOT be considered for the selection):
               (1)     Applications must be submitted between February 1, 2018, and March 31, 2018.
               (2)     Application packages must be addressed to the following office and postmarked no later than March 31, 2018:
Attn: Scholarship Program
   The Education Division of TECO in Houston
   11 Greenway Plaza, Suite 2012
   Houston, TX 77046, U.S.A.
              (3)      All MOE Taiwan Scholarship applicants will be notified by May 31, 2018 and selected candidates must submit only one copy of an admission letter issued by one university/college to the e-mail: houston@moetw.org, by June 30, 2018.
3.         Program contact:
Address:
The Education Division of TECO in Houston
11 Greenway Plaza, Suite 2012
Houston, TX 77046, U.S.A.
Telephone: (713)871-0851
Website: http://www.moetw.org/search/label/Scholarships

Selection Criteria
1.    Recipients’ academic goals should reflect an interest in the development of the industry, economy, and education of Taiwan.
2.    Recipients should possess an outstanding undergraduate or postgraduate Grade Point Average (GPA).
3.    Priority will be given to applicants with a TOCFL certificate of Level 3 or above.
4.    Applications must be completed with all the required documents attached. Incomplete applications or those missing required documents will be withdrawn from the selection process without further notice to the applicants.
5.    Interviews with qualified candidates in person or via internet/telephone may be required for the final selection process.

Other Regulations
1.    The application instructions are given in Chinese and English and, in the event of any discrepancy, the Chinese version will take precedence over the English text.


2.    For other regulations in association with the MOE Taiwan Scholarship, please refer to the Taiwan Scholarship Program Directions for details. 

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Last update: January 10, 2018