臺南市雙語教學成果 牛津大學博士生「驚艷」Results of bilingual education in local schools in Tainan garnered attention at ELF11

2018-07-20

臺南市國小雙語教學試辦成果,首度在國際舞台發表!國立成功大學今(107)年7月份應邀出席在英國倫敦大學辦理的「第十一屆英語為國際通用語言國際研討會」(The 11th English as Lingua Franca International Conference,以下稱ELF11),介紹「臺南市雙語教學試辦計畫」第一年教學成果。出席論壇的國際專家、學者對臺南市試辦成果「感到驚豔」,認為臺灣過去沒有英語使用之歷史和環境,在此情形下,推動英語政策相當不容易,卻有地方政府致力於推動雙語教學,展現推動國際化的決心,令人深刻印象。

 

   參與論壇的成大外文系團隊表示,該研討會學術地位很高,是著名的年度學術盛會,今年ELF11共有來自世界五大洲約300位語言教學專家學者與會,在會議中分享教學及研究成果。主辦單位極重視臺灣這次的發表,安排長達90分鐘的時間,讓成大研究團隊完整呈現臺南市106學年度雙語教學(CLIL)試辦計畫成果。

   聽完成大團隊的分享後,牛津大學CLIL研究中心的博士研究生Kari Coffman Sahan表示,「臺南市的雙語教學試辦計畫,在英語為外語的使用環境下,是很前衛的實驗,能於一年時間達到目前的成果,令人驚艷」。她希望未來牛津大學CLIL研究中心的學者能有機會到臺灣實地觀課,並與臺灣教師交流經驗。

    澳洲格理夫斯大學(Griffith University, Australia)的Andy Kirkpatrick教授,在會議上發表「ASEAN(東南亞國協)國家以英語為溝通語言之發展」報告時,特別提到:「臺南市進行的雙語教學計畫,是協助未來國際公民將英語做為工作語言的『有效教育方法』」,並進一步建議將「英語做為工作語言」設為教育目標。

    ELF11的主辦學者-西班牙馬拉嘎大學(University of Malaga, Spain)Inmaculada Pineda Hernández教授全程聆聽成大團隊的專題報告,並特別對臺南市的雙語教學計畫提出建言,她期許「這項由上而下進行的計畫能持續,因為語言學習和CLIL教學成果必須長時間投入,才能看到成果。」

    為落實英語力向下紮根,臺南市政府於8所國小試辦雙語教學計畫,以英語教授自然、數學、科技、藝文、體育、生活等科目(Content and Language Integrated Learning,簡稱CLIL),為瞭解試辦成效,市府與國立成功大學合作,進行為期一年的研究專案。以瞭解各試辦學校採用雙語教學的科目之差異、不同的教師協同教學方法、教案發展及評量施作方式,並比較學生、家長、本地與外籍教師和行政人員在參加計畫前後態度的變化,以及學生英語口語表現的進步情形。

市府表示,此次由外文系鄒文莉教授、陳慧琴助理教授以及外語中心主任高實玫教授所組成的成大團隊前往倫敦簡報,並獲得國際注目與認可,意義重大,除了讓市府團隊更有信心往正確的方向邁進,更可獲得專家寶貴的意見與建議,畢竟,CLIL雙語教學法在歐洲已推行近20年,而臺南才開始邁出第一步。

此外,成大團隊亦將於2020年承辦「第十三屆英語為國際通用語言國際研討會」,進一步為臺南建立國際連結,來自全球的專家學者將齊聚臺南、共襄盛舉,期望屆時臺南已成為CLIL雙語教學的明珠。

The fruit of bilingual education in elementary schools in Tainan was shared on a global stage for the first time! The Foreign Language Center at National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) was invited to attend the 11th English as Lingua Franca International Conference (ELF11) held on July 4th at King’s College London and share their research report on the Content and Language Integrated Learning Project (CLIL) that had been installed in multiple local schools in Tainan a year ago. Participants of ELF11, who are all experts and scholars in this field, were astonished by the outcome of CLIL, applauding Tainan City’s effort and determination as a local government to promote English as the second official language in an environment that has been rather unfamiliar with English language historically and socio-culturally.  

The research team at NCKU indicated that ELF11 is a prestigious conference that is widely acclaimed for its academic professionalism. This year, more than 300 scholars worldwide who specialize in linguistics participated and shared their research on foreign language education. To show their respect, the organizer of the event gave the research team at NCKU 90 minutes to present their findings of the CLIL program.

Kari Coffman Sahan, who is now pursuing her masters degree at Oxford University, stated after listening to NCKU’s presentation that CLIL is “a progressive experiment with surprisingly impressive achievements made within a year.” She hoped that scholars who work at the CLIL research center at Oxford University will be able to visit the island and interact with the teachers to see how the lessons are carried out in the future.

While presenting his report on the development of English as a communicative language in ASEAN countries, Andy Kirkpatrick, a professor at Griffith University, Australia, also mentioned CLIL’s progress in Tainan: “the bilingual education program currently going on in Tainan effectively motivates future generations to use English as a primary language in workplace, which should be set as the common goal for education in general.”

\Inmaculada Pineda Hernández, one of the chief coordinators of ELF11 and a professor at University of Malaga, Spain, gave several comments on the bilingual education program at Tainan, “this project should be continued because language learning requires long-term commitment in which a huge amount of time is spent to attain evident results.”

Tainan City Government has introduced the bilingual curriculum to 8 local elementary schools in which subjects such as science, mathematics, technology, arts, and physical education are taught entirely in English. To track the progress of the program, the city government cooperated with NCKU to conduct a research project that lasted for a year, comparing and analyzing the differences between teaching in Chinese and in English, the methods teachers apply in teaching, and how students are assessed regularly. The research team also paid attention to the attitude changes in students, parents, and foreign and local teachers, as well as how students improved in their speaking over time.

The city government congratulated Dr. Kao Shin-mei, Dr. Tsou Wen-li, and Dr. Fay Chen for the success of their presentation at London and indicated that the recognition they have gained from scholars has significant meanings. OEASOL expressed that the responses from professionals boosted their confidence, which assured them that they are doing the right thing; after all, Tainan has just made its first step towards an ambitious project that has been actively promoted in Europe for longer than 20 years.

The research team at NCKU will be hosting the 13th English as Lingua Franca International Conference in 2020, connecting the local community with the world and bringing in the voices of experts from different countries to Tainan. It is the majority’s wish that Tainan would have become a beacon in CLIL bilingual education by then.