College students to help rural kids learn English
College students will be heading to remote villages to help local kids learn English, according to the K-12 Education Administration ( ) yesterday.
The United Daily News (UDN) launched a “Vision Project” earlier this year, aiming to support students in the remote regions, and to encourage more qualified teachers to work there to provide better studying materials and other hardware.
According to the UDN, one of the programs of Vision Project is called the English partner program. It is intended to recruit college students to travel to elementary schools that have less resources and assist local students in learning English.
The Ministry of Education (MOE,
) yesterday agreed to finance the program with a budget of NT$20 million for four years. Moreover, the MOE officials said that this subsidy may be expanded if the results warrant such an increase.
One of the founders of this program is Chen Chao-ming ( ), adjunct instructor of the Shih Chien University Department of Applied English ( ).
Chen said that the program is to begin in remote areas in Yulin County and Pingtung County, where resources are tremendously insufficient. Several students from National Pingtung University of Science and Technology ( ), Tajen University ( ), National Pingtung University (
), National Yunlin University of Science and Technology ( ), National Formosa University (
) responded positively to the event.
According to Chen, each college student will be assisting three children. They will be visiting local junior high or elementary schools three times every week. The MOE will be paying each college student a tutoring fee at NT$5,000 every month, Chen said.
“It will also be a lesson for college students to learn to contribute to the society,” Chen added. People in charge of the program will be targeting junior college students, and those willing to participate will be entitled to two years’ responsibility in this partnership program.
Hundreds of Students to Benefit
Around 80 college students will be trained with basic teaching skills this August, and will be visiting the junior high and elementary schools from September, assisting approximately 375 to 400 children in English courses, and even afterschool lessons, Chen said.
College students will be asked to call the kids by phone on the days when they are not visiting the schools, so as to assist with homework or any other obstacles children encounter in learning English.
Goals have been set for children participating in the program. By elementary school graduation, students will know all 26 letters of the alphabet, be familiar with phonetics, and conduct a simple conversation with foreigners. Junior high students will achieve grade “B” for Comprehensive Assessment Program (CAP) tests they take just before graduation.