Taiwan and Australia collaborate on language courses

  • By Rachel Lin and Jake Chung/staff reporter, with a staff writer

Taiwan and Australia to collaborate on language courses and teacher training after Ministry of Education, National Development Council and Australian office in Taipei signed Learning Partners Action Plan yesterday from Taiwan-Australia English.

The program aims to put more emphasis on Taiwanese’s average proficiency in bilingual communication, Education Minister Pan Wen-chung (潘文忠) said.

The program includes the accelerated development of bilingual higher education institutions, the creation of a bilingual learning environment in primary and secondary schools, the improvement of the digital learning environment for English, the promotion the acceptance of the Taiwan General English Proficiency Test among international institutions and universities, the promotion of Mandarin education, and the promotion and increase of the talent pool for bilingual education.

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The department looks forward to working with its Australian peers on bilingual education for 12-year-old national education students and those in higher education to create online education programs and to support the teaching of English in vocational schools, Pan said.

Australia’s efforts to nurture bilingual talent and scale up English training for vocational education would interact with professional associations and private organizations according to the needs of both parties, the ministry said.

The project aims to produce more bilingual people in tourism, health insurance and the technology sector, as well as in other industries, the ministry said.

The program was first discussed in March, and yesterday’s ceremony marked a great start for a Taiwan-Australia partnership, National Development Council Minister Kung Ming-hsin (龔明鑫) said.

The program also underlines the council’s determination to implement the government’s bilingual policy for 2030 by providing more diverse channels to learn English and creating more opportunities for bilingual Taiwanese to excel and shine on the stage. international, Kung said.

Australian representative in Taiwan, Jenny Bloomfield, said the program would deepen collaboration between Taiwan and Australia in education, vocational training and youth interaction by building more links between sister schools. and introducing more joint degree programs.

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s New Colombo plan, which was signed into law in 2015, saw thousands of participants travel to Taiwan for academic discussions and other interactions, the department said.

These efforts will help Taiwan nurture more talented people who can travel the world based on their professional knowledge and fluency in English, he added.

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