Taipei, Feb. 14 (CNA) The Taipei City government said Friday it will employ a foreign English teacher in each elementary school in the city as part of its efforts to promote English learning.
A test run of the program will begin in September 2014 at eight schools in less-advantaged areas, said Lin Yi-hua, head of the city's Department of Education.
The foreign employees, who must be qualified elementary school teachers from English-speaking countries, will work together as a team with local teachers to improve English teaching, Lin said.
Currently, English lessons are being offered in Taipei schools from grade one.
Since 2010, the city government has been promoting a project to set up an English Village in each of the city's 12 administrative districts to help schools create a better English teaching environment.
Twenty-six foreign teachers have been hired to work in the eight villages that have been opened so far. Another four villages are expected to be launched in August this year, according to the education department.
(By Ku Chuan and Y.F. Low)