Taiwan's mediocre results in English tests raise concerns

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Tue Sep 23 11:30:50 UTC 2008

  Forwarded  From: edling at lists.sis.utsa.edu

Taipei Times

Taiwan's mediocre results in English tests raise concerns

Taiwan's international ranking on English language capability has
dropped, results from last year's Test of English as a Foreign
Language (TOEFL) exams showed.

Taiwan placed last among the four Asian tigers in overall performance
as well as reading and listening comprehension and essay writing, it

Taiwan also placed No. 16 among 20 Asian countries in last year's
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) results.

Another red flag was raised by the Test of English for International
Communication (TOEIC) results among English teachers in Taiwan, who
ranked 95 points behind teachers from all other countries in last
year's TOEIC.

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 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
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