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Poll says English ability priority among parents

調查顯示 父母親最注重英語能力

Poll says English ability priority among parents

More than 60 percent of Taiwan parents send their children to cram schools to learn English, with 70 percent hoping their children will develop an interest in English at the cram schools, according to the results of a survey released yesterday.

根據一份昨日發布的調查結果顯示,逾六成以上的台灣父母親將小孩送至補習班學習英文,約七成的父母親希望他們的小孩能在補習班培養學習英文的興趣。

The King Car Education Foundation conducted the survey in December 2005 on 2,059 parents around Taiwan.

去年十二月,金車教育基金會進行一項調查,對象為台灣的兩千零五十九名父母親。

Officials at the foundation noted that the TOEFL scores of Taiwan students have for several consecutive years occupied the bottom places among Asian students and that the TOEIC scores of the Taiwan people ranked ninth from the bottom around the world, which they said shows that the English ability of the Taiwan people is still inadequate despite the English-learning fever in the country.

基金會官員指出,台灣學生的托福成績連續好幾年在亞洲排名倒數,而台灣學生的托益成績倒數第九名,顯示儘管台灣民眾瘋狂學習英文,英文成績仍然有待加強。

Randy Chang, the survey's coordinator, said that the survey indicates that 90 percent of the parents lack confidence in their English ability regardless of their education experience. As a consequence, he noted, 87 percent of the respondents did not take part in their children's English learning process.

調查專員張新易表示有九成的父母親,不論教育程度,對英語能力缺乏信心,他指出,有八成七的受訪者不參與孩子的英語學習過程。

Although most parents do not expect cram schools to improve their children's English ability significantly, they hope their children will have stronger English ability after attending the cram schools.

雖然大部分的父母親並不期待補習班能夠顯著增進英文能力,他們希望自己的孩子進入補習班之後,英文能力能夠增強。

With English now being taught in school starting in grade three in Taiwan, the survey shows that 40 percent of elementary students started to learn English at pre-school age.

由於目前台灣國小三年級開始教授英文,調查顯示四成的小學生從幼稚園就開始學習英文了。

The foundation's Chief Executive Sun Chien-kuo suggested that parents could guide their children's English learning based on three principles ?timing, diversity, and confidence.

基金會執行長孫慶國提出父母親可以依據三項原則指導自己的孩子學習英文 — 時機、多元化以及自信心。

Sun said that parents should ignore the myth that starting English lessons at an early age could guarantee impressive progress, and should adopt different learning approaches other than cram school to cultivate children's interest, including the use of books, music and movies.

孫慶國表示,父母親應該破除提早學英文能夠快速進步的迷思,並且應該採用補習班以外的不同學習方法培養孩子興趣,包括書籍、音樂與電影。

On the advantages of letting children start learning English early, 97 percent of the parents said having good English ability will promise better job opportunities, while 85 percent said enhancing the English ability of the Taiwan people will help upgrade the country's competitiveness.

關於小孩子提早學習英文,有九成七的父母表示,擁有好的英文能力,能夠確保未來更好的工作機會;有八成五的人表示,台灣人民英文能力的提升,能夠增加國家競爭力。

Meanwhile, 80 percent of the respondents said they hope that the government will designate English the second official language of Taiwan.

同時,八成的受訪者表示,希望政府能夠將英文定為台灣第二官方語言。


Updated : 2021-05-12 01:22 GMT+08:00