Taiwan’s goal of going bilingual by 2030 unattainable: Education expert

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Academics warn that major challenges lie ahead for Taiwan as it seeks to become a bilingual country that emphasizes English learning. The Ministry of Education has vowe...

New Taipei aims to become bilingual by 2030

New Taipei City Mayor Hou Yu-ih (侯友宜) on Friday (Aug. 21) laid out his vision to make the city bilingual by 2030, a goal that aims to nurture "world citizens" who are willing to speak and us...

Survivor said she smelled gas before Baltimore explosion

BALTIMORE (AP) — A woman who survived an explosion that leveled three Baltimore row homes said she smelled gas before hearing a “loud boom” on Monday morning. Anita Moore told The B...

Taiwan set to boost number of foreign English teachers

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan is planning to expand the recruitment of foreign English teachers from 80 to 300 per year as part of its bid to become a bilingual country. Now in its sixth year...

Taiwan mulls loosening rules to attract foreign talent

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan is expected to relax regulations to lure foreign talent post-coronavirus as the country rides a wave of heightened international prestige from its handling of the p...

Taiwan one of only 6 countries on Earth where schools are open

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A survey of students posted by a British woman on Facebook found that Taiwan is one of only six countries in the world where schools are still open due to the Wuhan corona...

Volunteer W. Taiwan cemetery cleaner found to be Canadian man

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A foreign good samaritan who cleaned up trash in a neighborhood in Changhua has come forward after he was praised by locals and Taiwanese media for his good deed. On Sa...

Bryant's stolen jersey returned for ceremony at high school

ARDMORE, Pa. (AP) — Kobe Bryant's high school jersey spent more time in China of late than it did hanging on the wall of the gym named in honor of the school's career leading scorer. ...

Homeless American English teacher charged with arson in S. Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A homeless American English teacher has been charged with arson for allegedly setting fire to a bar at a campground in southern Taiwan on Sept. 20 and is awaiting release ...

Another English teacher quits TutorABC over invasive 'one China' policy toward Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Another American English teacher has come forward to say that she has resigned from TutorABC because of its politically-charged "one China" regulations for staff...

Two US citizens detained in China on human trafficking charges

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Two U.S. citizens working in China were detained by authorities in late September for charges related to human trafficking. Alyssa Petersen and Jacob Harlan were detain...

New Mexico educator heading to Cambodia to help teachers

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Before he joined Santa Fe Public Schools, Gary Bass taught English in China, Syria and Vietnam. His students at El Camino Real Academy are aware of his world travels and prone to...

Arrests of foreign English teachers surge by tenfold in China

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- The number of arrests and deportations of foreign English teachers has exploded by as much as tenfold this year as Beijing began launching a crackdown to create a "cleaner...

Overseas volunteers to teach English in Taiwan's remote areas

A total of 550 native English-speaking youths of ethnic Chinese descent will be serving as volunteer English teachers in rural schools throughout Taiwan this summer, the agency in charge of the projec...

Taiwan needs more than a few extra foreign English teachers to make bilingual country ambitions a reality.

The Ministry of Education (MOE) has announced plans this week to try and attract more overseas English teachers to work in Taiwan as part of the new policy to turn Taiwan into a fully bilingual countr...