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Schools to teach Southeast Asian languages

01/13 15:30

Tagalog, Bahasa and Vietnamese taught in Taiwan's schools? That's right! Starting next year, Taiwan will begin requiring all schools with children born to a Southeast Asian immigrant to teach the language of that parent. Right now, the only mother tongues schools have to teach are Minnan, Hakka, and indigenous languages. But in 2019, schools will have to teach some or all of the languages spoken in seven Southeast Asian countries: Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Cambodia. Taoyuan City's Dongan Elementary School has already been doing this for the past five years. Take a look.

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