市府免費多益講座迴響熱烈,報名額滿!向隅者可透過網路直播觀賞!Seminars on TOEIC Bridge Test Well-Received by Tainan Citizens; Live Broadcast Available on Youtube

2018-04-30

臺南市政府力推廣英語、期望營造全民學英語氛圍,除了提供由忠欣公司獨家贊助的1500個免費測驗名額,還為市民朋友於今日(28日)分別在民治市政中心及永華市政中心辦理免費英語學習講座,請來「ETS認證多益英語測驗專業講師」介紹「如何在生活中輕鬆學會英文」的好方法,以及如何準備多益普及測驗的小技巧。講座獲得廣大迴響,開放報名不到一週,兩個場次皆額滿,向隅者眾!為此,市府第二官方語言辦公室(以下簡稱二官辦)特別為講座進行網路直播,讓無法到場的民眾在家也能同步觀賞。

市府二官辦表示,透過多益普及測驗,民眾能夠了解自己的英語程度,藉以評估、調整學習狀況,而測驗只是「手段」,背後目的是鼓勵民眾利用零碎時間學英語,遇到外國朋友能夠大聲「說」英語,讓外國人充分感受到臺南人情的美好。因此特別與忠欣公司合作,邀請多益認證專業講師李海碩老師,分享365行如何輕鬆學英語,在工作、生活上都能夠「說一點簡單英語」。本次講座吸引逾300位來自各行各業的民眾踴躍參與,除了一般民眾,還包含公職人員及學生,顯見臺南市全民學英語氛圍已經形成。

多益講師李海碩則表示,很多人「學」了英文,但不等於會「用」英文。多益普及測驗是為了英語初學者及中級者設計的測驗,內容針對真實的生活情境而設計,透過準備多益普及測驗,大家都可以輕鬆學會在日常生活中運用簡單的英文。李海碩更介紹三種免費的好用數位資源,包括分級閱讀素材、練習英語聽說能力的優質App─VoiceTube,以及Duolingo免費外語學習,讓想學好英文的聽眾朋友隨時隨地用手機免費學英文。內容精彩,引人入勝,可「現學現用」。

    李海碩從三個角度分析英語作為第二官方語言的必要性,第一、全世界使用英語的人口數高達一億多,英語是全世界使用人數最多的語言;第二、全球收入最高的國家,許多是使用英語的國家;第三、以維基百科的網路知識量而言,英文資訊是中文資訊的五倍,「因此從人口數、資本收入、機會分布論三個角度而言,推動英語作為第二官方語言絕對有合理性及正當性。」

吳姓市民表示,難得市府請來多益認證專業師資來分享英語學習方法,因此特別撥空從柳營前來參加,她本身對學習英語非常感興趣,多是自學。透過講座專業分享,她學到許多學習技巧,期待將來能夠自在地「用」英語。廖姓民眾則表示講師幽默風風趣,旁徵博引,介紹的學習方法也相當務實,讓他收穫滿滿。

二官辦表示,此次多益普及測驗專案,不管是考試或講座都獲得廣大迴響,足見市民對英語學習有其需求,後續將推出更多專案或活動,並充實學習資源,以符合市民期待。二官辦提醒市民朋友,二官辦官網提供多益普及測驗免費模擬試題及日常英語練習手冊,歡迎對英語學習有興趣者踴躍下載。欲觀賞網路直播者,請上網連結至臺南市政府第二官方語言專案辦公室網站首頁「最新消息-多益測驗講座新聞專區」或專屬 Youtube 頻道

 

The Tainan City Government is sparing no effort to promote English with the aim of creating an environment conducive to the study of English for all residents. In addition to offering 1,500 free TOEIC Bridge test slots exclusively sponsored by Chun Shin Limited, it also organized free seminars on English learning at Minjhih Civic Center and Yonghua Civic Center today (April 28). The city government invited “ETS-certified TOEIC preparation teachers” to give presentations on “How to Effortlessly Learn English in Everyday Life.” The teachers also shared their techniques on how to prepare for the TOEIC Bridge test. The seminars proved to be extremely popular, and both sessions reached capacity less than one week after registration opened! The Tainan City Government’s Office of English as the Second Official Language (OEASOL) therefore specially provided livestreams of the seminars to allow those unable to attend in person to view them at home.

 

The OEASOL said the TOEIC Bridge test allows people to gauge their English proficiency and thereby assess and adjust learning methods. The test is only a “means,” as the underlying objective is to encourage the public to use spare time to study English. By doing so, people will be able to communicate with foreign visitors, allowing them to feel the warmth of Tainan residents. The OEASOL therefore teamed up with Chun Shun Limited to invite TOEIC-certified preparation teacher Li Hai-shuo to speak about easy ways to learn English and “communicate in simple English” in work and life. This seminar attracted over 300 people from various professions. Ordinary residents, public functionaries, and students were all in attendance, showing that an English-friendly environment is already taking shape.

 

Li said many people have “learned” English, but that doesn’t mean they know how to “use” English. The TOEIC Bridge test is designed for beginning to intermediate English learners, and its content focuses on real-life situations. Everyone can easily learn the simple English needed for everyday life by preparing for the test. Li also shared three free and easy-to-use digital resources: reading materials of different levels; VoiceTube, an excellent app for practicing English listening and speaking skills; and Duolingo, a free language-learning platform. These content-rich resources allow those seeking to learn English well to study the language for free anytime and anywhere through their mobile phones, and then immediately put what they learn into practice.

 

Li also analyzed the necessity of designating English as the second official language from three perspectives. First, the number of global English users is over 100 million, and English is the most widely used language in the world. Second, many of the highest income earning countries in the world are English-speaking countries. Third, the amount of information available in English on Wikipedia is five times that of Chinese. Therefore, “from the three perspectives of population, capital income, and opportunity distribution, promoting English as the second official language is absolutely reasonable and legitimate.”

 

A city resident surnamed Wu said it’s not everyday that the city government invites certified TOEIC preparation teachers to share English study techniques, and she therefore made time to travel from Liuying District to attend the seminar. She described herself as an avid, self-taught English learner. During the seminar, she learned many study techniques. She is now looking forward to being able to “use” English freely in the future. A resident surnamed Liao said he learned a lot because the speaker was humorous and witty and provided many examples, and the study methods that were introduced were also very practical.

 

The OEASOL said the TOEIC Bridge test project, including the testing services and seminars, has been extremely well received by the public. This shows that city residents are very interested in learning English. In the future, it will launch additional projects or activities as well as supplement learning materials to meet the expectations of residents. The OEASOL reminded residents that its website offers free TOEIC Bridge sample tests and everyday English study manuals, and those interested in learning English can download them. People wishing to view the livestreams of the seminars can go to the OEASOL’s website → Latest News → TOEIC Test Seminars and News, or visit the OEASOL’s YouTube channel.