Col­lege stu­dents to help ru­ral kids learn English

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY SUN HSIN- HSUAN

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

from Pro­gram

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.

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