In 2018, the Taiwanese government unveiled a blueprint to develop Taiwan into a bilingual country by 2030, with the aim of raising the level of English proficiency among the public and improve the country’s overall national competitiveness.

ICTE delivered a customised English & Methodology for TESOL Purposes (EMTP) program for 20 Taiwanese high school English teachers in collaboration with National Taiwan Normal University. The participants came from high schools from all around the country.
EMTP is an in-service professional development program designed specifically for teachers from non- English speaking backgrounds who teach English to students at primary or secondary schools. The program develops participants’ communicative competence in English and teaching skills for TESOL contexts.
In this customised EMTP program, the participants undertook five weeks of TESOL training at ICTE, which covered a variety of topics
 
including classroom management, teaching large classes, lesson planning, adapting textbooks, using technology for teaching, and many more techniques and ideas to help create a positive classroom environment for their students. The program also included visits to several Brisbane high schools to give participants an insight into Australian secondary education. In addition, participants took part in a series of workshops focused on developing Action Research projects for their classrooms in Taiwan. Upon returning to their home schools, the teachers will implement return-to-work action plans and deliver their findings at a conference to be held in Taiwan in early 2020.

 

“The teacher trainers at ICTE are very professional. They taught us in a well-organised and easily comprehensible way. I significantly benefited from the courses and their training as a trainee. It is truly one of the best experiences that I have ever had.” Yi-Chun, High School Teacher.

Read more about the participant's recent presentation of their Action Research Modules back in Taiwan here.