According to the statistics of Ethnologue, Mandarin user of the world has reached 11 million, account for 1/7 of world population. In order to encourage foreigners to learn Mandarin in Taiwan, Ministry of Education(MOE) has invited the Ministry of Transportation and Communication’s Tourism Bureau, and the Small and Medium Enterprise Administration of the Ministry of Economic Affairs to be co-organizers to promote “Mandarin On-the-Go in Taiwan” program, draw up complementary measures of foreigners Mandarin learning in Taiwan.
MOE trains more than 400 Mandarin teachers to teach overseas, including India, the Philippines, New Zealand, Australia and dozens of other countries, foreigners can feel the pen minded atmosphere of academic and experience beauty of Chinese culture and traditional characters. Beside this, MOE cooperate with professional Mandarin teacher and develop “Mandarin 101”online learning tool to meet the needs of temporarily staying in Taiwan of foreigners.
Origin of Mandarin promotion by MOE
According to Andy Cheu-An Bi，the director general of department of international and cross-strait education, Ministry of Education. promotion of Mandarin teaching is based on global requirement of Mandarin education,”Eight-year Chinese Language Education Promotion” had been planned and executed since 2013, integrating resources from different fields and related institutions and promoting it with diversify ways , such as program “Mandarin On-the-Go in Taiwan” which launched by MOE, which integrated resources of tourism and Mandarin teaching and developed brand new learning model.
Andy Cheu-en Bi pointed out that the advantage of learning Mandarin in Taiwan is the quality can be ensured, you can experience the beauty of Chinese culture and traditional characters, for example the word “door” will lose its imaginary if written in simplified characters and we only know how to “love” unless we have a “heart”.
He mentioned that reason of Mandarin fever happened among foreigners is their desire of learning Chinese culture. We can show them our culture through festivals and tourism and these will make learning more interesting.
“Working with domestic experts to develop online mandarin learning course is for the Eurpose of building complete learning system. We follow the wave of globalization and TOCFL, The Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language in Taiwan just gained recognition of Hungary Language Centre and Vietnam Government.” Regarding to globalization of Taiwan’s Mandarin, said Andy Bi, these are all big steps for studies and employment. In the future, MOE will integrate information platform and make use of online learning, online influncer marking, culture promotion, combining resources of overseas education fairs to catch people’s eyes. “Give me a point and I will move the earth.” As Principal of Leverage said, MOE hopes that export and import of Mandarin education can spend less effort while achieving more results.