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2021/04/26.Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages and Youth Bureau of Kaohsiung City Government Team Up to Cultivate Local Youth for Bilingual Nation Policy

發布日期 2021-04-26 12:55:00

 

 

As the only university of foreign languages in Taiwan, Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages has developed and launched the first-ever Teaching Through English Certificate Program in Taiwan based on its specialty in cross-disciplinary language teaching, with resources from the Youth Bureau of Kaohsiung City Government in regard to the 2030 Bilingual Nation Policy.

 

     

     As the only university of foreign languages in Taiwan, Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages has developed and launched the first-ever Teaching Through English Certificate Program in Taiwan based on its specialty in cross-disciplinary language teaching, with resources from the Youth Bureau of Kaohsiung City Government in regard to the 2030 Bilingual Nation Policy. Two sessions are available from April to June in 2021. Native graduates and youth will be trained and certified to become competent bilingual teachers in Kaohsiung, which will effectively help the local government address the shortage of bilingual teachers.

 

    The Youth Bureau of Kaohsiung City Government has been dedicated to developing a welcoming environment for young people to seek jobs or start their own business since its foundation. It actively co-organizes activities for education, professional training, and career development with different institutions of higher education to provide more comprehensive employment resources for the youth to improve their adaptability and competitiveness in the labor market.

 

      Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages and the Youth Bureau of Kaohsiung City Government co-launch the Teaching Through English Certificate Program designed to support local soon-to-be graduates and young people to acquire professional skills and enhance their employability, while encouraging them to pursue their careers in Kaohsiung according to the vision of transforming Kaohsiung City into an internationally diverse city.

 

      Student Wei-Ting Chuang of the first session works as a sales assistant in a trading company; she is also a part-time high school English teacher. She has a great interest in teaching English and wants to obtain professional knowledge and skills of English language teaching with the Teaching Through English Certificate Program co-launched by Wenzao and the Youth Bureau. Sabrina, an American student studying at Wenzao, is passionate about English language teaching. She deeply realizes that “speaking and teaching English are two different things”, so she takes part in the program to improve her abilities to teach English in order to work as an English teacher in Kaohsiung after her graduation. Thirty-six students, including graduating students in the 4-year programs of Wenzao, cram school teachers, military instructors of the Air Force Institute of Technology, PE teachers, and airline employees, have enrolled in the program. Two sessions are offered. Each session consists of 18 hours of training and covers 6 professional areas (writing lesson plans, teaching process, teaching content, classroom language, classroom management and teaching demonstration). A certified student will receive the Teaching Through English Certificate issued in both Chinese and English by Wenzao. The certificate is used not only to prove an individual’s competence in teaching through English, but also to meet the requirement of becoming a reserve teacher of the Division of Extension Education at Wenzao. In addition, certified students can be recommended to teach at educational organizations or institutions for enhancing graduating students and young job seekers’ career competitiveness.

 

Students of the Teaching Through English Certificate Program were discussing lesson design in groups to exchange opinions and help each other improve their teaching skills.