RTI Radio Taiwan InternationalRTI Radio Taiwan InternationalIs Taiwan really ready to become a bilingual nation?

  • 20 November, 2021

Taiwan is a land of many languages, but the government is intent on adding one more to the mix: English. It’s set a goal of turning Taiwan into a fully bilingual nation by 2030. There are plenty of arguments for and against the idea circulating online right now, but how realistic is the idea in the first place? To find out more, I’ve found a real-life English teacher here, Daisy Fan, a 20-year veteran of Taiwan’s public high school system. I want to understand how English is taught here, what level of English the government expects graduating students to have, what Taiwan does right and wrong when it comes to English education, and whether Taiwan is really prepared to make English its second language within the decade.