Taiwan escalating efforts to attract foreign English teachers to make Taiwan a bilingual country by 2030
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan is intensifying its efforts to attract foreign English
teachers in anticipation of greatly increased demand as the government continues to strive to reach the goals set out in its “bilingual country” policy.
To achieve former Premier William Lai’s (賴清德) plan to make Taiwan a Chinese-English bilingual country by the year 2030, the Ministry of Education (MOE) is planning to train 5,000 elementary and junior high school English teachers by 2030. The MOE estimates that 2,000 teachers should complete training by 2022.
In addition to stepping up the promotion of “all-English teacher training” to train bilingual teachers, the government is also considering relaxing the requirements for overseas compatriots and foreign college graduates to teach in elementary schools and junior high schools, reported CNA.
In March of last year, the MOE amended the Senior High School Education Act (高級中等教育法) to enable overseas compatriots, foreign students, and Hong Kong and Macau students who have completed teacher training courses to participate in teaching qualification examinations. [FULL STORY]