Ministry of Education to expand recruitment of foreign English teachers

Taipei, Jan 18 (CNA) The Ministry of Education (MOE) will expand its recruitment of foreign English teachers for primary and secondary schools in the 2022-2023 school year as part of Taiwan’s efforts to become a bilingual country, he announced on Tuesday. .

In a statement, the Ministry of Education said it has hired 81 foreign nationals to teach English in 16 small counties and towns around Taiwan every year since 2004 to create a better English learning environment for children. students.

For the 2022-2023 school year, however, the number of foreign English teachers recruited will increase to 531, and some of them will be assigned to Taiwan’s six largest cities — Taipei, New Taipei, Taoyuan, Taichung. , Tainan and Kaohsiung — said the MOE.

He gave no indication whether the high level of recruitment would continue after the end of the 2022-2023 school year.

The ministry instructed National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) in Taipei and National Sun Yat-sen University in Kaohsiung to set up coordination centers in northern and southern Taiwan to help local governments maximize their English teaching resources.

The two coordination centers will also be responsible for working with universities across Taiwan to set up training programs for teachers and ensure they do a good job, the education ministry said.

Those interested in applying for the positions can register online at https://tfetp.epa.ntnu.edu.tw/, and applicants can also be recommended by members of the public, the Ministry of Education said. .

Once the application is received, interviews will be held with the most potential candidates, the Ministry of Education said, and hiring will be made until all 531 positions are filled.

The policy to make Taiwan bilingual by 2030 was launched by Vice President Lai Ching-te (賴清德) in 2018 when he was prime minister. In June of the same year, Lai designated the “Bilingual Country 2030” plan as a major national policy.

The National Development Council (NDC), Taiwan’s top economic planning body, said the government’s “Bilingual Nation 2030” policy will help boost the competitiveness of Taiwan’s youth in the global labor market and help them connect to the world.

(By Hsu Chih-wei and Frances Huang)

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