The Office of English as the Second Official Language of Tainan City Government (OEASOL) has recently received sponsorship from VoiceTube, a well-known online platform for English-learning in Taiwan. The sponsorship enables the city government to provide free English-learning resources for 2,000 employees in local businesses, who are encouraged to build up a reward system that would offer incentives for employees to study English, through the program“Three Arrows for English Usage in Businesses.” Several companies -- ranging from multinational corporations to small and medium-sized enterprises -- have called inquiring about more details about the government-initiated program. These corporations have made various proposals to implement an internal reward system that would grant employees free trips abroad and bonuses based on sales performance, demonstrating their determination in motivating workers to learn English.
The Deputy Secretary General of OEASOL, Lee Hsien-wei, expressed that former mayor of Tainan, William Lai, endeavored to strengthen the English abilities of employees of local business in hopes of enhancing their competitiveness. The city government has conducted various programs that intend to boost the overall proficiency in English among office workers in the past, having assisted small and medium-sized enterprises in building their own English websites and pamphlets. The sponsorship from VoiceTube is expected to further push the current progress of the ongoing program.
The OEASOL also plans to present accolades to local businesses with exceptional performances in English-learning, which delighted many business owners who have emphasized English abilities in their hiring policies. Leading corporations in various industries such as the KNH Enterprise and Silks Place Tainan have expressed their support for the program and ambition for expanding their business on a global scale.
The OEASOL indicated that they have noticed a great variety in the proposals submitted by different corporations. The Nanpao Resins Chemical Group, for instance, has launched small and regular English-speaking meetings that count employees' participation towards bonuses and promotion. Similarly, Fong Kee International Machinery Co. grants its employees who have shown significant improvements in English bonuses up to 1,000 NT, further releasing a list of outstanding individuals on the bulletin board. The Silks Place Tainan is equally devoted to bilingual education, having employed full-time English teachers in hopes of sharpening employee's English skills.
Dai Rong-ji, the chairman of KNH Enterprise, said that he has realized a lack of English abilities among employees in KNH's Southern branches since the company was founded. Aiming for the international market, he has since employed foreign instructors to give lectures in the office. Dai stated that he takes pride in the fact that the employees are now capable of interacting with foreign customers smoothly, boasting about the increasing emphasis on English capabilities in the corporation's policy of promotion. He also expressed strong agreement with the program implemented by OEASOL: “English is essential in a market that is increasingly competitive. We encourage our employees to utilize their English skills, familiarize themselves with the current world trends, and apply their knowledge to their jobs.”
The OEASOL also emphasized that language learning is a matter of habit-formation; it is only with a comprehensive reward system that entails promotion and bonuses that the goals of raising the awareness of the importance of English and facilitating improvements in English proficiency could be achieved. Many believe that fluency in English benefits all aspects in business, including information-collecting, branding, and potential expansion.
The first round of winners of the English proficiency program for local businesses in Tainan have been announced on the official website of OEASOL. There are still spots for registration and all interested corporations are welcome to apply. Please refer to the official page (http://tainanenterprise-english.com/index.php) or call 06-299-1111, ext. 7892.