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Taiwan's TSMC pushes English training for employees

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation launches raft of services for employees to improve English skills

(TSMC photo)

(TSMC photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (TSMC) said the company is funding various language-acquisition programs to improve the spoken and written English of its employees, including online courses taught in real time, business English workshops, and a newly launched APP.

The Hsinchu-based contract chipmaker — the world’s largest and most advanced — is becoming a crucial chokepoint in the U.S.-China trade war. It will likely churn out more chips for American tech giants in the coming years as Washington seeks to decouple from China economically.

The company announced on Wednesday (Sept. 30) positive results from an educational initiative for employees that kicked off in July as well as the new and customized programs and courses. Over 46,000 TSMC employees had taken part in the initiative by the end of August.

Morris Chang (張忠謀), the Taiwanese-American founder of TSMC, attended Harvard, MIT, and Stanford and spent many years working in the U.S. He left the country in 1985 to lead several organizations in Taiwan at the request of then-Premier Sun Yun-suan (孫運璿) and Chief Economist Li Kwoh-ting (李國鼎).

Known for its global reach, TSMC’s need for English skills has only grown over the years. One of the related initiatives it has rolled out is the online "Self-learning Bar,” which offers a one-on-one consulting service for workers to take advantage of the company’s English-language training.

Launched in July, the service had recorded over 46,000 registrations by the end of August, with more than 3,000 people taking part in the online courses. The company has also recently released a new app to complement these offerings.