NT$256 million earmarked to teach Southeast Asian languages
Nov 27, 2017Medical & Health CareComments Off on NT$256 million earmarked to teach Southeast Asian languages
Taiwan's education ministry is planning to earmark NT$256 million (US$8.5 million) to teach the languages of Taiwan's new immigrants from Southeast Asia. That represents a slight increase over the previous two years.
Deputy Education Minister Tsai Ching-hwa told lawmakers on Monday that the money will be used to teach languages such as Vietnamese, Thai and Indonesian. The goal is to enable Taiwanese students to learn a new language, and to enable the children of new immigrants to fit in better in Taiwan's education system.
Tsai said there will be mandatory introductions to these languages for grade school students, and they will be offered as an elective for middle school students, starting in 2019. Vietnamese, Thai and Indonesian will also be offered as a second foreign language course in high school.
Taiwan is now home to more than 520,000 new immigrants, whose school-aged children total around 300,000.