Taiwan seeks to be top destination for Mandarin learners from US: official
By Lin Chia-nan / Staff Reporter
The government aims to make Taiwan the top destination for Mandarin learners from the United States, Deputy Foreign Minister Harry Tseng (曾厚仁) said yesterday.
Tseng made the remarks at a two-day symposium, titled Teaching Chinese as a Second Language in the United States, which opened yesterday in Taipei and was attended by Chinese language teaching officials and experts. .
The U.S.-Taiwanese Education Initiative, launched Dec. 3, 2020, aims to expand access to Mandarin learning for U.S. students, while preserving academic freedom, said Jeremy Cornforth, deputy director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT).
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Cornforth thanked the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Foundation for Scholarly Exchange (Fulbright Taiwan) for helping more than 200 American Fulbrighters travel to Taiwan last year, despite COVID-related restrictions. 19.
Taiwan is the largest partner in the US Fulbright program, Tseng said.
“Some countries” have used language teaching as a tool to infiltrate and undermine democratic societies, he said, without giving further details.
To counter such infiltration, Taiwan must step out to share its quality Chinese teachers and teaching resources – a better “Taiwanese model” – with its like-minded democratic partners, he said.
“Taiwan is the most reliable partner for the United States,” as the two sides will work more closely to promote Taiwan’s teaching methods, Tseng said.
Hopefully, Taiwan will become the top destination for Mandarin learners arriving from the United States, he said.
Taiwanese who teach Chinese language in other countries are not only teachers, but must also bear the responsibility of spreading Taiwanese culture and values, National Security Council Deputy Secretary-General Hsu Szu-chien said. (徐斯儉).
The government is working with the United States and European countries to promote Taiwan’s model of teaching the Chinese language, he said.
Ten Taiwanese schools have since last year worked with more than 20 American schools to promote Chinese language learning, Vice Education Minister Lio Mon-chi (劉孟奇) said.
The Department of Education is offering American students scholarships to study Chinese in Taiwan, and it would increase subsidies for Chinese teachers working in the United States, he said.
The Department for Education also helps local schools that partner with schools in Australia, New Zealand and the UK, Lio said.
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