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NTNU is the institution with the longest history of language science research in Taiwan and has the most achievements in the field of Chinese language education. Its CSL/CFL course materials are being used by renowned universities worldwide. The Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language (TOCFL) was established by NTNU and has been implemented in over 20 countries. NTNU intends to continue improving the TOCFL and promote its use globally in hope of matching the reputation and standards of the TOEFL system. To this end, many key techniques have been under development, including a Chinese computerized adaptive testing system, an automated essay scoring system, and an automated speaking assessment system. Journal publications by NTNU researchers of CSL/CFL outnumber any other institution in Taiwan. NTNU has effectively incorporated various disciplines, including information technology, linguistics, psychology, assessment, and e-learning into its theories on Chinese language acquisition.

With the full financial support from the National Science Council’s Reading Promotion Program and from the Ministry of Education in Taiwan, the research team on reading in NTNU has been studying the relation between language and reading development, and the process of reading comprehension. The research grants received from government agencies have surpassed those of other universities in Taiwan.

Furthermore, NTNU purchased additional EEG/ERP, eyetracker, and MEG equipment to form the Educational NeuroCognitive Laboratory, and joined the NSC’s MRI/MEG Establishment Plan to share the fMRI with National Taiwan University, National Chengchi University, and National Yang Ming University. The use of brain research equipment by NTNU experts has allowed NTNU to publish in several important international journals in different learning fields such as CSL/CFL, science, mathematics, and physics. NTNU has the ability to conduct research into language sciences from a neurocognitive perspective due to its solid foundation in neurocognitive science.