Debate Tournament for Foreign Students in Mandarin
“Whether Taiwan’s Central Government should adopt a cabinet system?” This topic is not easy, even for native Mandarin speakers. How would the foreign students do on this kind of topic? College of International Studies and Social Sciences held a debate tournament for foreign students, inviting all foreign students in the Department of Chinese as a Second Language to this exciting event.
To celebrate the 70th anniversary of NTNU, the College of International Studies and Social Sciences held a debate tournament for foreign students on May 12th. Students of two major TCSL institutes in Taiwan, the Department of Chinese as a Second Language, NTNU and International Chinese Language Program, NTU are participants of this event. Vice President, Wu Cheng Chi, Head of the College of International Studies and Social Sciences Chen Jenn Yeu and Head of the College of Libera Arts, Prof. Chen Jo shui are invited as distinguished guests.
Before the debate, two students performed standup comedy to ease the tension. The topic of the debate is “Whether Taiwan’s Central Government should adopt a cabinet system?” Three students for both sides team up to be the affirmative and the negative. Each person has the chance to elaborate, question and answer. The affirmative side talked about several problems of the current system in the Central Government and the other side provided some data and suggested that Taiwan should adopt the federal administration like Switzerland.
After an hour of fruitful discussion, representatives from ICLP took the lead. “Very impressive” said an audience, “Both sides shown how well prepared they are with wistful insights and even with four character idioms. Although they had a fierce discussion, they showed support of each other by patting on other’s shoulders. This is a really nice debate.”