By Rachel Lin, Wu Po-hsuan and Jonathan Chin / Staff reporters, with staff writerEducation officials last month proposed making oral English tests part of college entrance exams and establishing English-language TV channels to boost the public’s English skills as the Ministry of Education worked on plans to realize Premier William Lai’s (賴清德) goal of making English an official languageThe officials made the proposals at a ministry conference about English proficiency in Taipei, where College Entrance Exam Center Director Liu Meng-chi (劉孟奇) said that oral English proficiency tests should be included in public university entrance exams. “To maintain its international competitiveness, Taiwan must not fall behind in English proficiency.”The Test of English as a Foreign Language and other privately administered English tests use voice recordings of the test taker for grading, which is a method the center could adopt, Liu said. If such tests were conducted concurrently with English listening comprehension tests or the General Scholastic Ability Test, applicants would not have to spend days taking exams, he added. Workplace English classes should be taught at vocational and technical schools, which are responsive to specific professional needs, the ministry said. It would work with other government agencies to promote English proficiency, the ministry said.
Source: Taipei Times October 07, 2018 15:56 UTC