UQ helps Taiwan’s teachers go bilingual

Thanks to a highly experienced team of teachers and education technology specialists, ICTE has quickly adapted to change at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, and is now delivering its suite of Teacher Training programs online. Whilst delivering courses online is a new experience for the institute, ICTE has had many successful runs of online teacher training programs since April 2020.

Recently, the Taipei Government chose ICTE to train Taiwanese educators to teach any subject in English, as part of their project to help primary and junior high schools in Taipei become bilingual by 2021.

Forty of these Taiwanese teachers completed a CLIL online teacher training program from 20 to 28 July 2020, and Mr Hafenstein, Queensland Trade and Investment commissioner for Taiwan, hopes to “promote the success of this program to other cities across Taiwan as a step towards helping Taiwan achieve its goal of becoming a fully bilingual nation by 2030”.

CLIL involves teaching subjects like maths or history through a foreign language, enabling students to learn both the content and a new language simultaneously.

ICTE’s participation in this program is a great example of Queensland’s educational institutions providing flexible and varied programs to meet specific educational needs,’ Mr Hafenstein said.

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Last updated:
25 September 2020