MOE to hire 531 English teachers

BILINGUAL NATION 2030:
Interested persons can apply online, while recruitment will continue until all positions are filled, the Department of Education said.

Recruitment of foreign English teachers for primary and secondary schools will be expanded in the 2022-2023 school year as part of Taiwan’s efforts to become a bilingual country, the Ministry of Education (MOE) said yesterday. ).

In a statement, the ministry said it has hired 81 foreign nationals a year since 2004 to teach English in 16 small counties and towns to create a better English learning environment for students.

However, for the 2022-2023 school year, the number of recruited foreign English teachers would increase to 531, with some of them to be assigned to Taipei, New Taipei City, Taoyuan, Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung, it said. -He specifies.

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The ministry did not say whether the wave of recruitment would continue after the end of the school year.

The ministry instructed universities to set up coordination centers — National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) in Taipei in the north and National Sun Yat-sen University in Kaohsiung in the south — to help local governments to maximize their English teaching resources.

The two coordination centers would also be responsible for working with universities across the country to establish training programs for foreign English teachers and ensure they do a good job, the ministry said.

Interested people could apply online (tfetp.epa.ntnu.edu.tw), while the public could also recommend candidates, he said.

Candidates with the most potential would be interviewed, he added, adding that the recruitment drive would continue until all 531 positions were filled.

The policy to make Taiwan bilingual by 2030 was initiated by Vice President William Lai (賴清德) in 2018 when he was Prime Minister. In June of that year, Lai prioritized the “Bilingual Nation 2030” plan as a major national policy.

The National Development Council said the government’s policy would help make young people more competitive in the global job market and help them connect to the world.

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