[lg policy] Taiwan: On native-language rights and rewards

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jun 14 18:28:07 UTC 2009

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

Taipei Times

On native-language rights and rewards

An Academia Sinica report entitled Social Ambitions of the Taiwanese Public,
2004 found that 65 percent of Taiwanese support mother-tongue education in
schools. The ethnic group most in favor were the Hakka, whose support
reached 74 percent.

Despite this strong support for native language training, the issue is
frequently distorted by ideological concerns, the most common claim being
that the call for native language training itself is ideologically

Even Chen Po-chang, director of the Preparatory Office of the National
Academy for Educational Research, has expressed criticism, saying that a
recent decision to make native languages an elective subject in a compulsory
language course that also offers English was a political decision and not
based on expertise.

There is concern in education circles that this set-up will encourage
students to choose English and that native language training will disappear
from the elementary school curriculum.

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