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English Departments to be replaced with SE Asian Languages

 
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romanworld



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 13, 2015 12:11 am    Post subject: English Departments to be replaced with SE Asian Languages Reply with quote

Among the numerous universities and vocational schools in Taiwan, there are 221 departments of foreign languages and 90% of them are English departments. In regard that the supply of English-speaking talent exceeds the demand, the Ministry of Education considers it necessary to restructure the academic distribution while many scholars are in favor of cutting the amount of English departments and replacing them with departments of Southeast Asian languages and other rare languages.

http://international.thenewslens.com/post/230676/?ref=relatedpost
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RedLightning



Joined: 08 Aug 2015
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2015 11:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"nowadays everyone can speak English and it is no longer a special skill"

-To what degree is another matter entirely

*I was of the mind that learning English was more a necessity than a 'skill'- its status as the universal language and whatnot.

On the whole, I am surprised by the article, as the majority of job postings I come across, save China & Korea, are for positions in Taiwan.
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