臺南市政府二官語政策推動三年,成果豐碩,推動委員們期許政策應延續Tainan City Government presents 3-year achievements of promoting EASOL policy since 2015

2018-11-30

臺南市政府推動將英文為第二官方語言政策已三年,深受各界注目,日前行政院長賴清德也宣布明年將確立台灣「雙語國家」政策,希望藉此讓台灣更具國際競爭力。而臺南市政府推動英語為第二官方語言政策的落實面向為哪些?成果為何? 臺南市政府今(30)日邀請「臺南市推動英語為第二官方語言委員會」推動委員包括:空中英語教室創辦人彭蒙惠博士、臺南晶英酒店李靖文總經理、佳里奇美醫院邵詩媛副院長及ICRT駐臺南記者Robert Dawson 等人,共同向市民朋友報告推動成果。

臺南市代理市長李孟諺表示,二十一世紀雖說是華人的世紀,但相較下,中文難度高,現階段的潮流,英語仍是國際溝通的共同語言。臺南要在國際上生存、開疆闢土、創造競爭力,英語是項重要工具,不僅與人溝通,還要能說服對方,並用英語來吸收最新的新知。他引述曾接待過的越南臺商,表示臺灣是個擁有專業技術的國家,但受限英語能力而錯失越南龐大商機,將機會拱手讓予國際公司,非常可惜。由此可看出英語在教育及作為第二官方語言上,絕不是崇洋魅外,亦不是數典忘祖,而是身處現在的地球村中,英語將為我們帶來更多機會。

記者會由李孟諺代理市長與貴賓共同揭開二官語政策七項重大成果,包括:1.建構英語友善城市;2.文書資訊雙語化;3.線上英語菜單系統;4.強化英語教育及推動CLIL雙語教學;5.提升產業英語力;6.營造全民英語學習風氣;7.成立臺南市英語學習資源平台。李孟諺表示,過去三年奠定下堅實基礎,未來將持續擴充。為感謝各界對二官語政策的貢獻,李孟諺特別頒發感謝狀予推動委員以及先前已捐款二千萬給市政府作為推動經費的沈坤照董事長。

代表富樂夢基金會發言的富樂夢基金會學園長唐雅慧表示,二官語政策與富樂夢的目標不謀而合,對台灣下一代有莫大助益,所以富樂夢沈坤照董事長除了捐款二千餘萬元、協助英語師資培訓,每年也提供四十餘所國小免費英語課輔。此外,來自各大企業的參與協助,亦有助於推動,今日的成績可說是市府和民間共同造就的豐碩成果。唐雅慧認為台南市民對提升英語力的共識已逐漸形成,並強調「台南已經走在正確的方向上。好的政策不能停!」

空中英語教室彭蒙惠博士代表推動委員致詞,她感謝臺南市政府在推動英語方面的努力,表示臺南市的推動對臺灣整體產生重要且正向的影響。彭蒙惠強調,在全球化及網路普及的時代,英語的重要性更甚以往,英語成為連接臺灣與世界的橋樑。臺南市民經由英語這項工具,不僅有助於溝通、加強個人競爭力,並能拓展視野、增進對世界的理解,也將對國際事務具有更大的影響力。

佳里奇美醫院的邵詩媛副院長表示,臺南市政府積極推動英語,可說非常高瞻遠矚。台灣有世界頂尖的醫療水準,但也需要有國際化的語言軟實力配合,才能真正邁向國際醫療。然而臺灣要成為第二個新加坡,還需持續努力,期待接任的新市長能延續政策,讓台南成為繼日本京都之後、全球認可的英語友善城市。

協助市府二官辦推廣英語友善旅宿業計畫的晶英酒店李靖文總經理表示,因推動英語這項具前瞻性的政策,讓她非常以「身為臺南市民」為榮,但要朝向「英語作為第二官方語言」的目標,亟需施政的延續性,她也期許市府能持續擴充好不容易奠下的基礎,繼續努力。

推動委員Robert Dawson則表示,看著二官辦從零開始,到現在成功地使公、私部門在英語能力及英語環境建置上投注資源,是十分振奮人心的一項成果。臺灣人使用及學習英語多數集中於「考試」,從二官語政策的經驗中,可以看到市民活用英語的足跡,未來期許能延續這股動力,打造臺南為亞洲商業及觀光的國際級城市。

This year (2018) marked the third anniversary of the Tainan City Government’s policy of promoting English as the Second Official Language (EASOL). Since its launch, the program has attracted nationwide attention and gained media coverage from home and abroad. To celebrate the accomplishment of the short-term objective, the office of promoting English as the second official language (OEASOL) held a press conference today to present its achievements over the past three years. The event was attended by distinguished guests from the public and private sectors, including Li, Men-yen, Acting Tainan Mayor, and Dr. Doris Brougham, founder of Studio Classroom.

In the welcome remark, Li Men-yen stressed the importance of English. He said that although Mandarin is gaining popularity across the world, English remains the most popular language for international communication. It is an essential tool for communicating, persuading, and acquiring new knowledge. If Tainan wants to enhance its influence and competitiveness on the global stage, we must be equipped with adequate English proficiency. He quoted a Taiwanese entrepreneur in Vietnam, who noted that Taiwan, albeit its advance skills, has lost great business opportunities due to its limited English ability. Li believed that promoting English will not result in people abandoning their mother tongue, but rather will help to bring in more opportunities from all over the world.

One of the highlights of the press conference was the exhibition of the seven major milestones of the EASOL policy jointly unveiled by Acting Mayor Li and the guests. These achievements include: 1) Building an English-friendly city; 2) Bilingual government documents and information; 3) Creating an online Bilingual menu generator; 4) Enhancing English education and introducing CLIL bilingual education; 5) Enhancing the competitiveness of local companies; 6) Encouraging English learning for all citizens; 7) Providing English learning resources.  Following the exhibition was the presentation of certificates of appreciation to members of the EASOL Promotion Committee and Mr. Shen, Kun-zhao, chairman of the Flomo Educational Foundation, who sponsored 20 million dollars to Tainan City Government for promoting English.

In her remark on behalf of, Shelly Tang, spokesperson of the Flomo Educational Foundation, said that the EASOL policy matches the aims of the foundation, and will benefit the young generation tremendously. In addition to their contribution to the EASOL program, the Foundation also provides free English tutoring services for over 40 schools in Tainan. She stressed that the public and private sector have worked together to accomplish these feats, and the effort of promoting English in Tainan should continue.

The committee members were also invited to address the guests at the press conference. Dr. Doris Brougham, founder of Studio Classroom, remarked that the Tainan City Government’s endeavor to promote English as the second official language has made a positive influence on both Tainan and Taiwan. She noted that in the era of globalization dominated by the Internet, English has played an ever increasingly important role. It serves as a bridge connecting Taiwan to the world. It not only enables Taiwanese people to communicate with foreigners, but also helps to enhance their competitiveness and broaden their horizons. This will give them more influence in world affairs.

Ms. Shaw, Shi-Yuan, teaching deputy superintendent of Chi Mei Hospital, Chiali branch, remarked that the implementation of the EASOL policy is a forward-looking move of the Tainan City Government. Although Taiwan boasts the world-class standards of health care, it still requires the support of English as soft power to achieve the goal of providing internationalized medical service. Taiwan still has a long way to go if it aims to become a match of Singapore. She hoped that the new mayor will keep promoting this policy to make Tainan an English-friendly city acknowledged by the whole world.

Ms. Rebecca Lee, General Manager of the Silks Place Hotel, said she prides herself on being a Tainan citizen because of this promising policy. She hoped that the government will keep working hard based on the foundation laid over the past three years.

Robert Dawson, member of EASOL promotion committee, noted that he is thrilled to witness the progress of the program. Beginning from scratch, the OEASOL has successfully assisted private sectors in establishing an English-friendly environment and improved the English proficiency of citizens. He is glad to see that through the efforts of the OEASOL, Tainan citizens have learned to put English into use instead of studying it simply to score high grades. He hopes that Tainan City Government will keep moving forward and build Tainan into an international hub for business and tourism in Asia.