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12/06/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/06/2018 03:31

2018-12-06Premier lays out blueprint to make Taiwan bilingual by 2030

At the Cabinet's weekly meeting Thursday, Premier Lai Ching-te said the government has drafted a blueprint for making Taiwan a bilingual nation by 2030, a major policy goal that will enhance the nation's competitiveness. He instructed all government agencies to actively implement the blueprint's strategies and measures in a demonstration of the administration's commitment to the goal.

In remarks following a briefing by the National Development Council (NDC), the premier said the blueprint is distinct from previous bilingual policies in several respects. For one, it is designed to enhance the nation's overall competitiveness rather than simply the ability to pass examinations. It also focuses on enhancing people's English proficiency as opposed to only building the infrastructure for a bilingual environment. The blueprint is intended to forge a culture of English learning for not only students, but the entire nation. Finally, the blueprint's measures will be driven from the demand side rather than the supply side.

Since the central strategy of this blueprint is the promotion of a bilingual environment in the education system, the Ministry of Education (MOE) should ease relevant regulations and submit draft amendments to the Legislative Yuan within three months, Premier Lai said. Government agencies, in addition to crafting strategies for operations under their remit, should also cultivate the English proficiency of their own staff as well. Ministers and deputy ministers should enhance their English-language communication skills in order to be able to convey important messages through the international media in real time.