六都英語力台南躍居第二 獲頒全球獨有卓越貢獻獎Tainan's English Proficiency Leaps to 2nd Among Six Special Municipalities; Receives the Best Contri

2019-11-05

EF國際文教機構(EF Education First,以下簡稱「EF機構」) 作為國際教育的領航者,長期耕耘並關注全球城市英語力,EF機構調查發現台南市依然是全台進步幅度最大的城市,今年更躍居六都第二名,甚至首次超越日本首都東京、越南河內以及俄羅斯聖彼得堡..等城市,這些城市若非國際化程度甚高、就是歐化程度甚深。因此,EF機構特別頒發全球獨有的「推動英語學習卓越貢獻獎」(Best Contributor to English Learning Award),由台南市長黃偉哲代表百萬市民受獎。

來自法國的 EF機構台灣區總經理羅航(Laurent Morel)表示,台南市成人英語力成績連續兩年大幅度進步,台南市政府全面推行雙語國家政策的成果,非常值得推崇,並成為其他城市的參考典範,因此EF機構特地頒發Best Contributor to English Learning Award予台南市政府,此獎項意義非凡,為全球獨有的獎項。

羅航說,臺南市前後兩任市長都擁有「哈佛」高學歷,前市長賴清德宣佈推動英語為第二官方語言政策、擘劃政策願景;隨後現任市長黃偉哲也著重推動雙語教育、全面提升市民英語力。如今,成果豐碩,台南再次繳出令人驚豔的成績單!

EF機構臺南辦公室蔡宜倫經理表示,去(2018)年曾邀請在美國工作的「EF全球學習實驗室」首席執行長陳彥銘(Minh Tran)博士來台,Minh訪視台南試辦「CLIL雙語教學」的小學後,對於台南市深根英語教育的用心,相當感佩。而今(2019)年十二月,台南市政府第二官方語言辦公室為了嘉惠市民,更將與EF合辦「為下一代創造雙語環境」講座,由陳彥銘博士主講,足見對於雙語教育的重視。

黃偉哲市長表示,臺南是台灣第一個城市,要讓外界了解文化古都深厚的底蘊,語言是很重要的。而台灣過去移民史,造就台灣人海島性格與開闊的國際觀,為了讓臺南下一代子弟能走向世界,市府尤其重視雙語教育。聽聞台南成人英語力首次超越日本東京、俄羅斯聖彼得堡等高度國際化的城市,黃偉哲市長感到又驚又喜。他強調,未來應強化台南計程車司機、寺廟相關人員英語力,繼續朝國際化城市邁進。

黃偉哲市長特別感謝一路走來各方民間資源的挹注,包含富樂夢教育基金會沈坤照董事長,慨然捐助二千萬給台南市政府協助推動;經典品牌-空中英語教室(Studio Classroom)、台灣第一大線上英語學習平台VoiceTube、國際知名英語檢測機構Toeic多益..等等,除了免費贊助英語學習資源外,亦提供市府許多英語專業建議。在產官學協力合作下,打造出亮眼成績!今年更獲得全球最大的英語童書出版社SCHOLASTIC(學樂集團)贊助英語電子書資源,而玉山銀行「你看書、我捐書」活動,更將英語閱讀風氣推向最高點!

市府二官辦表示,市府各局處合力推動雙語國家政策,主要以「提升英語力」及「營造英語友善環境」為兩大主軸。在提升英語力方面,包括推動CLIL雙語教學、舉辦英語閱讀季、開設公務員英語簡報班等,鼓勵市民開口說英語;而英語友善環境則以外籍人士角度為出發點,協助10大業種建立雙語資訊、培訓英語應對能力,目前有627間店家提供雙語菜單、209家店家提供雙語服務、271位計程車司機、17間寺廟提供雙語資訊、線上導覽,以及8處夜市的攤商提供雙語菜單等。 詳細名單可參考: https://efcity.tainan.gov.tw/index.php?inter=efcity&type=item 

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As a leader in international education, EF Education First has long been dedicated to elevating the English proficiency of cities around the world. A study conducted by EF Education First revealed that Tainan yet again improved the most among the six special municipalities in Taiwan, landing in second place in Taiwan this year. For the first time, Tainan's English proficiency has surpassed major cities such as Tokyo, Hanoi, and Saint Petersburg, which are either highly internationalized or heavily influenced by Western culture. Thus, EF Education First awarded Tainan with the Best Contributor to English Learning Award, a one-of-a-kind award which was received by Mayor Huang Wei-che on behalf of Tainan's 1.8 million citizens.

EF Education First General Manager Laurent Morel asserted that the English proficiency of adults in Tainan City has improved significantly for two consecutive years and that Tainan's efforts in implementing the Blueprint for Developing Taiwan into a Bilingual Nation should be recognized as a paradigm for cities around the world. EF Education First awarded the Best Contributor to English Learning Award to the Tainan City Government. This award is especially meaningful, as it was custom designed to recognize Tainan's achievements.

Morel stated that Tainan's incumbent mayor and his predecessor both attended Harvard University; thus, both mayors have been dedicated to promoting English as a second language. This is evidenced by Former Mayor William Lai's English as a second language policy and incumbent Mayor Huang Wei-che's emphasis on promoting bilingual education and elevating citizens' English proficiency. These efforts have yielded fruitful results, and Tainan has yet again exceeded expectations. 

EF Education First Tainan Office General Manager Cai Yi-Lun mentioned that last year (2018), Minh Tran, Senior Director of Research and Academic Partnerships at EF, was invited to visit Taiwan. Upon visiting a pilot content and language integrated learning (CLIL) elementary school in Tainan, Dr. Tran was impressed by Tainan's devotion to integrating English with education. The Office of English as the Second Official Language (OEASOL) co-organized the "Lecture on Creating a Bilingual Environment for Our Children's Future" with EF Education First in December 2019, where Dr. Tran shared his insights on this topic.

Mayor Huang stated that Tainan is the first and oldest city in Taiwan. For the outside world to understand the cultural significance of this historic capital, language barriers must be eliminated. Taiwan's migration history has contributed to the friendly nature and broad international view of its people. To ensure that future generations in Tainan can keep abreast of international trends, the municipal government should place particular emphasis on bilingual education. Mayor Huang was pleasantly surprised to learn that the English proficiency of adults in Tainan surpassed that of highly globalized cities such as Tokyo and Russia for the first time. Huang reiterated that in the future, the English proficiency of local taxi drivers and temple personnel should be further elevated, which will then increase Tainan's international visibility.

Mayor Huang expressed his gratitude for the private sector, which has invested ample resources into English education over the years. Contributors included FLOMO Education Foundation Chairman Kun-Chao Shen, who donated TWD $20 million to the Tainan City Government as funds for promoting English proficiency; the iconic brand Studio Classroom; VoiceTube, Taiwan's largest online English learning platform; and renowned international English testing agency TOEIC. In addition to offering free sponsorships and English learning resources, these institutions have also provided the municipal government with valuable professional advice. By combining the strengths of industry, government, and academia, Tainan has seen excellent results. This year, the world's largest English children's book publisher, SCHOLASTIC, sponsored English language e-books for Tainan. E.Sun Commercial Bank's "You Read; I Donate" event has also made reading English books quite the trend.

The OEASOL affirmed that all municipal departments collaborated to promote bilingual policies along two major trajectories: enhancing English proficiency and creating an English-friendly environment. In terms of enhancing English proficiency, the municipal government rolled out CLIL in schools, organized the Tainan English Reading Festival, and offered English presentation classes for civil servants, all with the aim of encouraging citizens to speak English. The second trajectory, creating an English-friendly environment, sets out from the point of view of foreigners. Ten types of businesses received assistance in offering bilingual information and engaging in English conversations. To date, 627 restaurants offer bilingual menus, 209 businesses offer bilingual services, 271 taxi drivers and 17 temples offer bilingual information and online tours, and eight night markets offer bilingual menus. For a complete list of businesses that provide bilingual content and services, please visit the following website:

https://efcity.tainan.gov.tw/index.php?inter=efcity&type=item