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Learning materials for new immigrant languages created

2018/10/02 20:48:46

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Taipei, Oct. 2 (CNA) First-phase editing of digital textbooks and materials for learning seven Southeast Asian languages has been completed and the materials put online, the Ministry of Education said in a statement issued Tuesday.

The ministry has completed the editing of four volumes of digital materials for learning seven Southeast Asian languages, including bilingual overdubs and subtitles, as well as interactive question-and-answer sessions and songs, the ministry said, adding that the material is available at https://newres.pntcv.ntct.edu.tw/ischool/publish_page/15/

The seven languages have been included in the new curriculum of the 12-year compulsory education system.

The languages are Filipino, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Malaysian, Burmese, Cambodian and Thai, according to the ministry.

The ministry said that a program for new immigrant language courses will be officially implemented in the 2019 school year, when students at elementary schools will be required to choose a native language or new immigrant language course to be offered once per week.

In response to the implementation of the program, the ministry has been working on creating language-learning materials, and plans to complete the work in four phases.

Four volumes of textbooks and relevant learning materials will be devised in each of the first three phases, and six volumes in the fourth phase, while digital versions of the materials will also be developed, according to the ministry.

The number of new immigrants in Taiwan has surpassed 500,000, making them the fifth-largest ethnic group in Taiwan, while over 200,000 elementary or junior-high schools students have a parent who is a new immigrant.

(By Phoenix Hsu and Evelyn Kao)
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