To facilitate academic exchange and cooperation, Dr. Randall L. Nadeau, the executive director of Fulbright Taiwan, recently paid a visit to Bruce Linghu, Taichung Deputy Mayor in Taichung City Government to discuss current projects and exchange programs. Dr. Nadeau gave affirmation to Taichung City Government’s dedication to English language teaching and is willing to give priority to establish collaboration with the city government in the future to cultivate talents.
According to the Education Bureau of the Taichung City Government, the meeting mainly focused on discussing ways to improve students’ English skills. Founded this year by Fulbright Taiwan in collaboration with the Education Bureau, Fulbright Debate Coach/Trainer Award aims to integrate English learning into daily life and broaden students’ horizons. Meanwhile, American English teaching assistants will be invited to serve as judges for model United Nations, which allow students to have a deeper understanding of international affairs.
Deputy Mayor Linghu is looking forward to Taichung becoming an international city and is grateful for Fulbright Taiwan’s support in improving students’ English ability and fostering their global perspective. He also encouraged English teaching assistants to visit the city government to strengthen the partnership between the city government and Fulbright Taiwan. 。
Cheng-Sheng Yang, Director General of Education Bureau, pointed out that to increase the number of foreign English teachers and achieve the goal of having foreign English teachers in every school, the city government will continue to strive for funds so that students will be able to improve their English skills and to expose them in foreign cultures. The Education Bureau states that it spares no effort to promote bilingual education. In addition to hiring 11 English teaching assistants in collaboration with Fulbright Taiwan for English teaching programs in elementary schools, the Education Bureau is also promoting bilingual teaching programs, bilingual camps, and the Taichung English van, so that students will have access to foreign teaching resources, which cultivate students’ interest in learning English, then develop global talents with moral values, professional skills, and a sense of responsibilities, and integrate into the global community.