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The Inclusion of New Residents’ Learning Materials into the National Twelve-year Compulsory Educati

Education Department of New Taipei City has included learning materials of the new residents’ languages into the National Twelve-year compulsory education in New Taipei. The materials consist of 7 languages such as Vietnamese, Indonesian, Thai, Myanmar, Cambodia, Malaysia and the Philippines. It offers a chance for the students of the new residents to learn their mother tongue at all schools in New Taipei city. In addition, to complement the practice of 2018 12-year curriculum guidelines, New Taipei city first integrates the materials into schools.

In the past, the students from elementary and junior high schools can only learn Taiwanese, Hakka, and aboriginal languages at school. Now the 2018 12-year curriculum guidelines have included the languages for the new resident students to learn at schools.

Yesterday, a teaching demonstration was held in New Taipei city. The teacher as well as a mother who is from Vietnam, Ms. Ruan demonstrated a teaching in Vietnamese. She said that some Taiwanese or Vietnamese children viewed those who from Vietnam differently; however, she tried to close the gap by learning Chinese with her full heart, which helped her get into the local life in Taiwan fast.

In the teaching demonstration, she first led her students to say hello in Vietnamese to the commissioner, Ms. Yi-hwa Lin and Ms. Lin also greeted the students back in Vietnamese. Later, the students had a self-introduction in Vietnamese in the class.

Now, there is only one Vietnamese class a week, so the amount of vocabulary is not so much. In order to speak more Vietnamese, Ms. Ruan encouraged the students to practice Vietnamese at home with their parents or at schools with their peers.

The Division Chief of the New Citizens’ Culture and Education, Ms. Yi-zhen Wu, also stated that all schools in New Taipei city provided the new residents students with 7 languages of their mother tongue to learn. The learning materials include chants, folk songs and dialogues for daily life use. The teaching materials are all examined by the Ministry of Education, and the materials are designed in the form of from the easy to the difficult layout.

Even though there is only one student who applies for the program, the school will arrange the class for the student. In addition, the students can select any language they want to learn freely, without the limitation of their birth language.

The editor, Ms. Chun-Chu Chang, who is in charge of designing the textbook of Indonesian version, said that the content of the textbook covers self-introduction, greetings and various contexts of dialogues. The students can not only learn basic communication skills but read and write as well. Also, the 2018 12-year curriculum guidelines set up themes for textbooks to follow up. Take the theme of festival learning for example. The various culture activities will be included in the textbooks no matter what language it is.

A fifth-grade student, Ye, from Zhong-Yi elementary school in Lu Zhou said that her mother teaches her how to speak Vietnamese at home but she still cannot write in Vietnamese. With the help of the program, she can learn how to read and write in Vietnamese at school.

"However, 1 class for a week is not enough. Maybe the authority can take 2 classes a week into consideration." said Yeh. The Commissioner of the education department, Ms. Lin, also said that now there are more than 30,000 new residents in New Taipei or there is one new resident out of 12.

"New Taipei City government cares much for the new residents and we first established the division of new citizens’ culture and education in 2008. Since then, we centered on material design for multiple cultures, Southeast languages contests, and the projects of the second generation empowerment. The material for Vietnamese has been compiled up to the volume of the sixth, and more copies will be finished up to the volume of the eighteenth. Other languages of materials will also be completed gradually in the near future." said Ms. Lin.