ECFA, Globalization, English Education, & Technology

Taiwan must invest now in more language study (EDITORIAL)
Taiwan News Page 6 2010-04-22 12:00 AM

The rise of economic clout and global influence of the People's Republic of China undoubtedly is pushing Taiwan to become more deeply integrated into the so-called "great Chinese economy" due to the PRC's emergence both as a labor-intensive "workshop" and export platform and a fast growing potential industrial and consumer market.

The pressure of this reality lies behind the rush by President Ma Ying-jeou's rightist Chinese Nationalist Party (Kuomintang) government for rapid signing of a controversial "Cross-strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement" with Beijing this summer.

But the inescapable reality of such pressures does not mean that the passive strategy of "complete liberalization" of the KMT government is the only option.

Indeed, many advocates of a Taiwan-centric strategy believe that Taiwan can accelerate all aspects of "globalization" to balance the threat of PRC domination.

However, such efforts are impeded by Taiwan's lack of substantive capacities required in the globalization, especially the generalization of skills in English and other foreign languages....

Singapore Highlights Initiatives To Raise English Proficiency
Developing the environment, use of technology among initiatives to raise English proficiency.
Government of Singapore Posted on: 19th April 2010
Speech By Mr S Iswaran, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry and Ministry of Education, at the Opening Ceremony of the Inaugural APEC-RELC International Seminar held on Monday, 19 April 2010 at SEAMEO Regional Language Centre.

....The theme of today’s seminar is Language Education: An Essential for a Global Economy. We live in extraordinary times, amidst immense changes to societies and economies which have propelled countries into uncharted waters. Technology has redefined communication and removed barriers; multi-lateral trade agreements have reshaped and revitalised parameters for business and commerce; the transfer of knowledge and skills has rejuvenated the socio-cultural climates of countries around the world and the opening up of air routes engenders new possibilities for growth and exchange. In the light of these exponential changes, it is timely for us to consider how the world communicates and the relationship between language, learning and the global economy....