Taipei, Taiwan is stepping up efforts to recruit foreign English teachers to meet the expected rise in demand as the government seeks to build Taiwan into a bilingual country by 2030, according to the Ministry of Education (MOE).
The MOE aims to train 2,000 teachers to use English as a teaching medium by 2022 and to bring the number of teachers able to do so up to 5,000 by 2030 to meet the needs of the "bilingual country" policy promoted by former Premier Lai Ching-te the ministry said.
As part of these efforts, the ministry revised the regulations regarding teacher qualifications in March 2018, allowing foreign nationals who complete educational courses and teaching internships in Taiwan to take certification exams for teachers at kindergartens, elementary schools, junior and senior high schools.
Last month, four Malaysian students took teacher qualification assessment examinations in Taiwan, the first time since the regulation revisions, said Lee Yu-chuan a MOE official.
With the government's goal in mind, Lee said that the demand for bilingual teachers will only increase in the future, adding that Taipei, New Taipei and Tainan have promoted bilingual courses in recent years.
The Executive Yuan is also mulling the idea of relaxing restrictions on employment regulations so that elementary, junior high schools and senior high schools can hire foreign professionals to teach courses other than languages, Lee noted.
At present, foreign professionals can apply for teaching positions at universities, Taiwan's overseas compatriot schools and bilingual schools, but can only teach language at elementary, junior high schools and senior high schools, she said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel