Taiwan plans to train 5,000 English teachers by 2030 | Taiwan News
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — To realize former Prime Minister William Lai’s (賴清德) plan to make Taiwan a Chinese-English bilingual country by 2030, the Ministry of Education (MOE) plans to train 5,000 primary and middle school English teachers. by 2030.
According to a press release issued Wednesday (January 30th) by the Ministry of Education, 19 Taiwanese universities are set to begin “all-English training,” six of which, including National Taiwan Normal University, National Changhua University of Education, National L’ Kaohsiung Normal University, National Tsing Hua University, National Taipei University of Education and National Taichung University of Education have received grants to establish research centers on teaching English in 2019 and started to develop materials and teaching methods.
The general director of the ministry’s teacher training and arts education department, Cheng Yuan-chuan (鄭淵全), told CNA that teacher training needs to be significantly strengthened to achieve the policy goals of the “country bilingual”. Cheng said one of the goals is to have teachers teach classes entirely in English at primary and secondary level, including subjects such as art and math.
English teacher training courses will require at least 10 credits to complete, which will be included in the total teacher training credits. Also, among their teacher training programs, such as foundational knowledge, teaching methods, electives, and specialized courses, at least one or two should be taught entirely in English. After completing the internship and passing the qualifying exam, the teacher certificate can be endorsed.
The MOE estimates that 2,000 teachers are expected to complete their training by 2022 and that number is expected to rise to 5,000 by 2030. These teachers must pass the advanced level of the General English Proficiency Test (GEPT) or receive a score of at least least B2 on the Common European Framework of Reference Examination for Languages (CEFR).