台美教育倡議計畫

「台美教育倡議」旨在提供一個架構讓美台雙方增加教育交流,擴大雙方教育合作計畫,旨在將台灣打造成外國人學習中文的最佳去處。美國和台灣將持續合作,鞏固台灣為美國及全球提供中文教學的重要角色,使全球有意學習中文的人能在一個不受言論審查與限制的環境下,自由學習中文語言。


台美教育倡議相關活動
Group Photo at U.S.-Taiwan Education Initiative

活動:美國在台協會 (AIT) 及駐美國台北經濟文化代表處 (TECRO) 於盛大啟動「美台教育倡議」

時間:2020年12月3日

活動說明:AIT處長酈英傑表示:「『美台教育倡議』的宗旨是要讓更多人有機會接觸到中英文語言教學課程,同時捍衛學術自由。更具體地說,這項倡議將特別凸顯台灣在為美國及世界各地的人們,提供中文教學方面的重要角色,並力求擴大台灣在這方面的影響力。…世界各地的大學都已經關閉了孔子學院,因為它們在中國的審查制度及惡意影響力活動方面,扮演了一定的角色。但是美國及國際學生,對於學習中文,仍然抱有很濃厚的興趣。面對全世界對學習中文的強烈興趣,台灣可以、而且也應該扮演重要角色。」本週的「美台教育倡議」邀請了美國國務院、美國教育部代表及台灣相關部會代表共同參與線上對話,討論如何擴展中英文教學的合作,線上對話成果豐碩。隨後雙邊也簽署了一份合作備忘錄,詳列美台在教育合作上的共同目標。

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新聞稿: https://bit.ly/3lwSg6l

備忘錄: https://bit.ly/39Crs2c

背景資料: https://bit.ly/2KWUwqR

活動:台美教育倡議工作小組會議

時間:2020年12月23日

活動說明:美國在台協會、外交部、教育部和僑委會於2020年12月23日在外交部開啟了第一個美台教育倡議的工作小組會議,這個會議是由美國在台協會谷立言副處長和國安會徐斯儉副秘書長共同主持。美台雙方都分享了彼此在擴大既有的交流計畫上的進展,也一同探討如何來支持台灣的華語教學和雙語國家政策。如果您想對美台教育倡議有更多的了解,請至人才循環大聯盟的網頁來搜尋這些交流計畫。

活動:台美教育倡議論壇 -《後疫情時代的華語教學:以英文母語人士為對象》

時間:2021年1月15日

活動說明:「台美教育倡議」為美國與台灣之間的重要合作項目,美國在台協會很高興能透過傅爾布萊特英語協同教學助理計畫(ETA),持續支持台灣的雙語教育。傅爾布萊特英語協同教學助理計畫為全球首屈一指的國際教育交流計畫,此計畫結合美國青年畢業生與台灣英文老師,雙方一起推動英語學習和跨文化交流。計畫最早從2003年宜蘭的8名ETA開始,至今已擴至高雄、金門、台北、台中、台東、花蓮、彰化、雲林和新北,今年更有145名ETA於這些縣市服務,許多美籍英語協同教師都已成為台灣在地大小朋友的學習好夥伴囉!了解更多: https://taiwan-etaprogram.org/

活動:台美教育倡議系列活動 – 雙語教育研討會

時間:2021年3月29日

活動說明:AIT處長酈英傑很高興能夠拜訪國立中山大學,並與教育部部長潘文忠、中山大學校長鄭英耀及高雄市長陳其邁共同為「台美教育倡議系列活動 – 雙語教育研討會」致開幕詞。這場研討會匯聚了超過200名英語教學專家,共同討論如何促進台灣的雙語教育。

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想了解更多關於美國國務院的英語教育計畫和資源,請參考「人才循環大聯盟」的網站:https://bit.ly/3fmOvRr #USTaiwanEducationInitiative


台美教育倡議相關交流計畫

National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)

The U.S. Department of State’s National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program provides critical language study overseas for U.S. high school students through full, merit-based scholarships to participate in intensive summer and academic year programs. Participants study a language while immersed in the culture and day-to-day life of the host city. NSLI-Y is part of the National Security Language Initiative, a multi-agency U.S. government initiative launched in 2006 to improve Americans’ ability to engage with people from around the world. NSLI-Y plays an important role in preparing U.S. students for the 21st century’s globalized workforce, increasing American competitiveness, and contributing to national security. NSLI-Y participants also serve as citizen ambassadors, representing the diversity of the United States abroad and building lasting relationships with people in their host location. This program partnered with Tamkang University (Taipei) and Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages (Kaohsiung) in Taiwan. Learn More

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship 

The Gilman Scholarship Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs is an undergraduate program for U.S. undergraduates of limited financial means to enable them to study abroad, thereby internationalizing their outlook and better preparing them to thrive in the global economy. The program aims to encourage students to study and intern in a diverse array of countries or areas and world regions. The program also encourages students to study languages, especially critical need languages (those deemed important to national security). Learn More

Critical Language Scholarship Program (CLS)

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Students spend eight to ten weeks abroad studying one of 15 critical languages. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains. CLS, a program of the U.S. Department of State, is part of a wider government initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity. CLS plays an important role in preparing students for the 21st century’s globalized workforce and increasing national competitiveness. This program partnered with National Cheng Kung University (Tainan) in Taiwan. Learn More

Project Global Officer (Project Go)

Project Go, a Defense Department initiative sponsored by the Defense Language and National Security Education Office and administered by the Institute of International Education, provides grants to U.S. colleges and universities with large Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) student enrollment. In 2019, “Project Go”scholarship recipients from Norwich University, studied in Soochow University in Taipei for 7 weeks. According to the “Project Go” website, the following American schools offer summer language programs to study in Taiwan, including Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Indiana University, Norwich University,the Citadel, University of Mississippi and Virginia Military Institute. Learn More

Taiwan’s Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language (TOCFL)

The MOE has been actively promoting TOCFL across the US and US government recognition of TOCFL certification as an educational qualification. In 2019, 49 TOCFL rounds were held across the US, drawing a total of 2,114 candidates—a 15 percent increase from 2018. TOCFL has been adopted as an important reference in applications for the MOFA Taiwan Fellowship, the MOE Huayu Enrichment Scholarship, jobs that require Mandarin proficiency, and Taiwan’s universities and colleges. Learn More
MOE Huayu Enrichment Scholarship (HES)

The MOE established the Huayu Enrichment Scholarship program in 2005. HES recipients can study at one of Taiwan’s Mandarin learning centers for two, three, six, nine, or 12 months. Each student receives a monthly stipend of NT$25,000 (approximately US$830). In 2019, 925 people from all over the world received the HES, including 187 recipients from the US. Learn More

Global Ambassador Scholarship Program

Since 2010, the MOE has collaborated with the Taiwan-United States Sister Relations Alliance to establish the Global Ambassador Scholarship Program. Each year, around 55 students are given the opportunity to study Mandarin in Taiwan during summer break on a monthly stipend of NT$25,000 (approximately US$830). Learn More

American Councils for International Education Taiwan Intensive Summer Language Program

In 2016, the MOE signed an MOU with the American Council for International Education to establish the Taiwan Intensive Summer Language Program and the Tradition and Modernity in Taiwan program, which enable dedicated students of Mandarin to complete a year of academic study in eight weeks. Over the last five years, the number of students applying for the two programs per year has grown from nine to over 50. Learn More
Foreign Student Short Term Chinese Study Group

MOE subsidies are available for groups of Mandarin students who wish to study in Taiwan. In 2019,there were five student groups came to Taiwan through this program. Learn More

Mandarin On-the-Go in Taiwan

Half-day, one-day, or longer Chinese courses created by universities in Taiwan combine travelling with Chinese lessons and unique culture experiences. Learn More

All Language Programs

The U.S. government offers diverse programs that can help U.S. citizens learn foreign languages. You may use the filters to find a federally funded language program that meets your needs. Higher education institutions can also apply to host some of these language programs. There are more about the personal and professional impacts of government-sponsored language programs for you to find out. Learn More

Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program

The Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program places early-career teachers of English at U.S. colleges and universities to serve as teaching assistants for U.S. students studying Mandarin. Twenty to 30 FLTAs are offered work as Mandarin teaching assistants in the US each year. In 2021, this number is expected to increase to 60, largely due to the suspension of the Fulbright programs in China and Hong Kong, plus five additional FLTAs sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA). FLTAs also take academic courses in English teaching pedagogy and U.S. studies, and return to their teaching role in their home institutions with improved English teaching skills and a deeper understanding of American values.The Fulbright Scholar Program is also offering research awards in the United States to Taiwan scholars in a variety of fields. Learn More

Sending Mandarin Language Teachers and Teaching Assistants Abroad

The Ministry of Education has formulated regulations on financial aid for teachers and teaching assistants teaching Mandarin overseas, consisting of round-trip airfare, a monthly stipend of US$1,200, and a one-time teaching material allowance of US$300. Under this program, the U.S. host university pays for visa fees and health insurance and provides salary and accommodation. In 2019, the MOE sent 19 Mandarin teachers and 36 teaching assistants to the United States. Learn More

Mandarin for Overseas Teachers of Chinese

The MOE offers subsidies for groups of foreigners who teach Mandarin in US schools,colleges or universities to visit Taiwan for further professional training and observation. Learn More

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries and areas. The Fulbright Program provides participants from other countries and areas with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Taiwan participates in a number of Fulbright Program activities, which are administered by the Fulbright Commission in Taipei, also known as the Foundation for Scholarly Exchange (FSE). Learn More

Fulbright Master’s Degree Program — National Dong Hwa University Award in Ethnic Relations and Cultures

In August 2020, the FSE signed an agreement with National Dong Hwa University to establish the National Dong Hwa University Award in Ethnic Relations and Cultures. The program provides one US student with the opportunity to study in Taiwan for a three-year master’s degree. The recipient will spend the first year studying Mandarin to the level needed for the program, and then study ethnic relations and cultures in pursuit of a master’s degree. MOFA, National Dong Hwa University and U.S. State Department are joint sponsors of this program. Learn More

1. English Language Fellow Program (ELF)

The English Language Fellow Program sends talented, highly qualified American TESOL professionals (with Master’s degrees) on 10-month Fellowships to academic institutions and ministries of education overseas. English Language Fellows teach English, and also facilitate teacher-training, assist with curriculum and materials development, and conduct outreach. Host institutions are usually universities but can also be teacher-training centers, ministries of education, and other English language teaching institutions. Learn More

2. Virtual English Language Fellow Program (VELF)

The Virtual English Language Fellow Program launched on July 1, 2020. Regional English Language Officers (RELOs) and Posts can request Virtual English Language Fellows (VELFs) to do direct online teaching for a regularly scheduled class, conversation clubs, webinars for students or teachers, Facebook events, and other outreach events related to English language instruction or TESOL professional development. Learn More

3. English Language Specialist Program

The English Language Specialist Program recruits top-tier American educators in the field of TESOL to lead short-term English language education projects ranging from two weeks to three months—with the average length of two-four weeks. Specialist project proposals are accepted on a rolling basis, and must be submitted to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at least three months prior to the project start dates. Since 2007, over 80 countries or areas have hosted more than 1,000 English Language Specialists. Learn More

4. The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Program

The ETA program is a component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program that provides fellowships to U.S. college graduates to teach English abroad for one academic year. ETAs are placed in 70 countries or areas annually to teach English in host country primary and secondary schools,and universities— the majority in under served regions and schools. Learn More

5. American English Live Professional Development Program

The American English Live Professional Development Program is an online professional development program for teachers worldwide that is broadcast via Facebook Live. Presenters are U.S. TESOL professionals and topics cover a wide range of practical classroom ideas,up-to-date methodology, professional development, and introduction to resources. Participants attend both individually and in viewing sessions. Each session is recorded and made available on the American English for Educators Facebook page for those unable to view the session live. Learn More

6. Online Professional English Network (OPEN) Program

The Online Professional English Network (OPEN) Program (formerly the American English E-Teacher Program) is designed to improve the quality of overseas English language teaching with innovative distance learning technology. OPEN offers foreign English teaching professionals, learners, and other professionals the opportunity to take innovative online courses on a wide variety of topics for English teachers and learners. All course materials, including the courses themselves, are openly licensed, allowing teachers to use, revise, adapt, and share the materials with their educational communities. OPEN Program courses are offered periodically throughout the year through Canvas Network learning management system. They are either facilitated by TESOL university experts(Global Online Courses, GOCs), or self-directed (Massive Open Online Courses, MOOCs). Learn More

7. American English MOOCs

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8. American English Website

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U.S.-Taiwan ties closer as Taiwan fills gap left by Confucius Institutes: AIT Deputy Director (Taiwan Insider, April, 2021)

New Approaches to English Learning in Taiwan (Topics, March 23, 2021)

台美學術合作 UCLA宣告打造台灣研究重鎮 (中央通訊社, TVBS電視台, February 24, 2021)

UCLA to launch program for Taiwan studies in global context (Central News Agency, February 23, 2021 )

FEATURE: Local teachers eye footing for Taiwan at US schools (Taipei Times, February 19, 2021)

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大外宣OUT!台美研議推動華語教育 補孔子學院缺口 (Radio Taiwan International, February 6, 2021)

U.S. asks Taiwan to fill void as Confucius Institutes close (The Nikkei Asia,  February 2, 2021)

American Students’ Love Affair With China Cools as Political Tensions Rise (The Wall Street Journal, January 16, 2021)

台美教育倡議 16日首場說明聚焦美語人士學華語 (United Daily News, January 14, 2021)

台美簽署教育合作備忘錄 (The Liberty Times, December 4, 2020)

台美教育合作升級!美國關閉「孔子學院」 鼓勵學生來台學中文 (Apple Daily, December 3, 2020)

全球關孔子學院 美盼台灣成學習中文重鎮 (The China Times, December 3, 2020)