Government task force to improve civil servants' English proficiency

10/22/2020 09:59 PM
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The Examination Yuan. CNA file photo
The Examination Yuan. CNA file photo

Taipei, Oct. 22 (CNA) The Examination Yuan on Thursday said it has set up a bilingual task force aimed at overseeing and helping improve the English proficiency of civil servants in Taiwan.

The ability to communicate directly with the English-speaking world is a necessary step for national development, Examination Yuan President Huang Jong-tsun (黃榮村) said, citing the government's "Bilingual Nation 2030" policy announced by President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) in late June.

The Examination Yuan is responsible for administering national civil servant exams and appointing, training and protecting the rights of civil service personnel.

Hao Pei-chih (郝培芝), minister of the Civil Service Protection and Training Commission, said more than 10,000 public servants each year are expected to attend the English training programs devised by the Examination Yuan task force.

Hao, who also heads the National Academy of Civil Service (NACS), said the programs will consist of various interactive and contextual learning courses aimed at improving the English proficiency of all public servants.

The NACS has helped design numerous workshops ranging from English presentation skills and answering emails to receiving foreign guests and other things that government employees can come across in the course of their duties, she explained.

According to Hao, the division will start to roll out a slew of programs targeting the different needs of civil servants on Nov. 30.

(By Chen Chun-hua and Ko Lin)

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