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CEEC hopes to enact English listening as university admission standard

CEEC hopes to enact English listening as university admission standard

CEEC to enact English listening as standard

The College Entrance Examination Center (CEEC) hopes to assimilate English listening comprehension tests as part of the requirement when reviewing applications for admissions, reports said Thursday.

The initiative will hopefully go into effect nationwide beginning 2019 at the earliest, or 2021 at the latest in order to comply with the rollout of the nation’s new admission standards.

CEEC deputy director Shen Ching-sung said 80 percent of the nation’s higher learning institutions in Taiwan have decided to include senior high school graduates' grades in English listening comprehension tests when reviewing their university applications.

But the Ministry of Education (MOE), however, has remained reserved over the matter, saying the plan still needs to factor in other considerations before making it official.

“The current General English Proficiency Test (GEPT) covers four language skills of listening, reading, writing, and speaking with the goal of improving the general English proficiency level of Taiwanese learners,” Shen said, adding that the Comprehensive Assessment Program for Junior High School Students has already incorporated listening comprehension to its admission requirement.

“We hope the nation’s universities can all follow suit,” he said.

CEEC officials explained that English listening comprehension tests are currently not mandatory requirements, but some designated university departments take them into consideration when screening applications.

Other government-sponsored universities implementing the same policy include the National Cheng-kung University and National Chung Hsing University with 11 designated departments at each school aiming to recruit more students with better language skills.

The MOE said it respects the methods employed by each school to vet applicants, as each school has its own academic standards.

But with regard to CEEC’s call to push the policy into effect in 2019, the ministry remained reserved over the matter, saying it had no intentions of interfering with the schools’ recruitment plans.

Updated : 2021-10-18 03:35 GMT+08:00