New Taipei aims to become bilingual by 2030

Focus Taiwan
Date: 08/21/2020
By: Flor Wang and Huang Hsu-sheng)

Photo courtesy of the New Taipei City Education Bureau

Taipei, Aug. 21 (CNA) New Taipei City Mayor Hou Yu-ih (侯友宜) on Friday laid out his vision to make the city bilingual by 2030, a goal that aims to nurture "world citizens" who are willing to speak and use English.

Hou issued the appeal in a meeting at Sanhe Junior High School, which was attended by principals from public and private elementary and secondary schools across the city.

During the meeting, a foreign teacher led several students in a chemical experiment using English to demonstrate how the school has succeeded in combining learning English with academic learning.

Calling on school heads to jointly work toward the goal, Hou said a sound environment must be built across the board to help students learn and speak English naturally in their daily lives.

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