多益普及英語測驗結果出爐,臺南市民平均成績133高於全國平均Result of TOEIC Bridge Test out. Tainan scores higher than national average.

2018-10-29

    臺南市政府推動英語作為第二官方語言政策獲各界支持,今年5月ETS臺灣區總代理忠欣公司贊助多益普及英語測驗(TOEIC Bridge)1500個名額,提供台南市民免費報考。消息一出引起轟動,免費名額被秒殺,吸引廣大市民踴躍參與。日前測驗結果出爐,台南市民超過9成達到CEFR A1標準*,超過6成達到CEFR A2(相當於全民英檢初級)標準;而平均分數為133分,高於全台灣2017年多益普及測驗平均分數131分。

    忠欣公司營運長吳紹銘表示,這次參加TOEIC Bridge的台南市民,包括公務人員、職場人士和一般民眾,有9成達到A1標準,顯示台南市民普遍具備基本國際溝通能力,亦可見台南市政府推動英語成為第二官方語言政策「已達到一定的成效」,成功帶動全台南市民學英語風氣。吳紹銘強調,作為提供國際化服務的城市,並非人人程度都要多益750分,或具備英語談判能力,更多人只需日常生活中的簡單英文。像是第一線服務人員、計程車司機、美食小販,到公部門的交通警察、公共設施的櫃台人員等,客人來了,能夠提供基本英語諮詢服務,會「說一點英語」即可。

    台灣全球化教育推廣協會(GEAT)執行長陳超明致詞時表示,相當肯定行政院長賴清德擔任臺南市長期間所推出的二官語政策,藉由英語以提昇城市競爭力,是非常有遠見的作法。陳超明也指出,這條路非常漫長,不過臺南市政府已提出許多具體的成果。多益測驗名額被秒殺,有兩個意義,第一、顯示臺南市民對英語學習動機高、對英語證照需求度高,臺南市民已凝聚共識,認同英語學習的重要性;第二、多益成績上的表現,顯示臺南在這方面的努力,將市民從中文、母語,帶入另一個國際語言-英語。他認為臺南在推動英語、提昇城市競爭力方面,可以作為全國其他城市的指標。

陳超明同時回應賴清德院長所提出的雙語國家政策,指出「英語能力」是個重要指標,雙語能力可以從小培養。陳超明也建議市府持續推動教育訓練,並可推動「英語能力認證標示」,成為南市二官語政策之重要措施。期望市民及公務人員都能具基本英語溝通力,打造台南成為一個多元及國際化都市,創造更多產業機會與年輕人走出去的契機。

    此外,GEAT特地設計「英語能力認證標示」,可以使用徽章、背心、招牌、貼紙等不同型式呈現,作為員工或店家具備基本英語溝通能力之識別。陳超明解釋,約六成以上的工作者只需要用簡單英語,就足以建構台南成為雙語國際環境。由於台南市政府這次參加多益普及測驗的台南市民,有9成達到A1標準,記者會現場陳超明也特別將GEAT英語認證徽章LOGO授權給台南市政府,此認證標示可用於市府未來辦理活動所需。

    兼任臺南市府二官辦主任的副秘書長李賢衛對測驗結果大感意外驚喜,表示提昇英語力是二官語政策兩大核心之一,英語學習需要時間與毅力的累積,雖然目前初步成果不錯,但未來仍應繼續努力!市府將持續提供學習資源與教育訓練課程,希望學英語成為臺南市全民運動,進一步打造臺南市成為國際化城市。

 

    The Tainan City Government's effort of promoting English as the second official language has long been supported by various organizations. In May this year, a free TOEIC Bridge test was sponsored by Chun Shin Limited, the Country Master Distributor of ETS in Taiwan, exclusively for Tainan citizens with a quota of 1,500 persons. The free spots were highly sought-after and quickly taken within hours after the news release. The result of the test was recently announced. 60 percent of the test takers achieved scores equivalent to CEFR A2 level. The average score of Tainan’s test takers in the TOEIC Bridge test was 133, higher than the national average of 131 in 2017.

    Wu Shao-ming, Chief Operating Officer of Chun Shin, commented that such outstanding result shows that many Tainan citizens already possess basic international communication skills. The policy of English as the second official language has successfully raised the public's enthusiasm for learning English.

    Wu further stressed that even in an international city, it is not necessary for everyone to achieve a TOEIC score up to 750 or have an excellent command of English. What most people need is simple English that can be used in daily life. It is sufficient for ordinary people like receptionists, taxi drivers, street vendors, or traffic police to speak just enough English to provide basic English services to foreigners. 

    Chen Chao-ming, the CEO of Global Education Association in Taiwan (GEAT), acknowledged Lai Ching-te's effort of promoting English during his term as Tainan City Mayor. Improving English to make the city more competitive is a visionary act. Chen pointed out that the high popularity of the TOEIC Bridge test has shown that Tainan citizens have high motivation for learning English. He believed the Tainan City Government's effort and achievement in promoting English can be a good model for other cities. 

    Chen responded to Premiere Lai's bilingual policy by expressing his view that English is an important skill that should be developed from a young age. He hopes that the citizens and public servants in Tainan, with their English communication skills, can build Tainan into an international and multicultural city that brings in more business opportunities. 

    GEAT designed a "We Speak English" logo that can be put onto badges, signs, stickers, or vests to show that the users have basic English communication skills. On the press conference, the logo was authorized to the Tainan City Government for future events held by the government. 

    Li Sian-wei, Director of OEASOL, was impressed by Tainan citizens' TOEIC Bridge test result. He commented that improving the general public's English proficiency level, one of the two cores of OEASOL policies, requires time and persistence. Tainan City Government will continue to provide training and resources to encourage citizens to learn English, thereby building Tainan into an international city.