English-speaking services films receive gov’t awards


TAIPEI–Three short films won government awards Wednesday for their role in helping to promote a friendly English-language environment for foreign nationals.

The winning films were chosen from 11 entries in a competition held by the Cabinet level Research, Development and Evaluation Commission (RDEC).

The competition was aimed at promoting the “English Services Emblem,” a label given to establishments that offer quality English-language services.

The films, which were shown at the award ceremony in Taipei, focused on the difficulties encountered by foreign nationals in Taiwan who cannot speak Chinese and the help an English service establishment can offer in such circumstances.

The top prize of NT$15,000 (US$494) went to Albert L.F. Chiu, director of the Media Center at Chia-yi Christian Hospital (CYCH) in southern Taiwan. His film clip, set to rap music, showed a native English speaker having difficulty obtaining medical help until he finds CYCH, which provides premium English services.