By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News)—Members of the Spoken English Presentation Class sponsored by Tainan City Government’s Civil Service Development Institute showed impressive results of their learning in a recent presentation as the city is counting on them to become a strong force to present the city to international tourists, the institute said on Tuesday.
Last year the institute sponsored the class for the first time and successfully trained 29 members, who have since then been helping the city government in the handling of international affairs and promoting English as the city’s second official language.
Tainan Mayor William Lai (賴清德) has been leading Taiwan in the effort of making English the city’s second official language. He has set a 10-year agenda for the endeavor, vowing to use English to bring the world to Tainan and market the city to the world.
Civil Service Development Institute director Hsu Ying-feng (許瑛峰) said that in the past when international visitors came to visit the city government, the only way to communicate with them was by hiring translators, which was usually costly and not very satisfactory as they could not convey what the city had been doing to the point. [FULL STORY]