Bilingual Nation


After former Premier Lai listened to the Ministry of Education's policy report on September 19, 2018, the former Premier instructed the administration to develop Taiwan into a Bilingual Nation by 2030, and the NDC was designated to serve as the coordinating agency and to put forward a blueprint for implementation of the policy.

With the instruction by the Executive Yuan, the NDC has held several meetings with central government agencies, local governments, and domestic and foreign chambers of commerce. Taking into consideration the opinions from various chambers of commerce and the general public, the NDC has formulated the "Blueprint for Developing Taiwan into a Bilingual Nation by 2030".

The major two objectives of the Blueprint are to "elevating national competitiveness" and "cultivating people’s English proficiency". There are several individual strategies proposed by relevant competent ministries, including promoting a bilingual education system, promoting the establishment of all English TV channels, encouraging the Taiwan Broadcasting System to produce and broadcast English programs, increasing English programs of broadcasting radio stations, cultivating a friendly bilingual tourism environment, bilingualizing government procurement documents, providing English digest of indictments for significant cases and relevant to foreigners or foreign enterprises, suggesting the Judicial Yuan to provide English digest for significant judgments, creating a bilingual friendly investment environment for science parks and industrial parks, encouraging enterprises to enhance their English capabilities, enhancing English proficiency of labor force, and etc. And there are also common strategies, including promoting all bilingual websites of central government agencies, bilingualizing foreigner-related official documents and laws/regulations, bilingualizing front-line services at public service venues, implementing bilingual government information, promoting bilingual services at cultural and educational facilities and venues, cultivating English proficiency of government officials, bilingualizing the examination and certification of National Skill Test, etc. We hope to trigger supply with demand, capitalize on private resources, and create maximum benefit with minimum cost in order to realize the vision of a bilingual nation by 2030.

This blueprint is distinct from previous bilingual policies in several respects. For one, it is designed to enhance the nation's overall competitiveness rather than simply the ability to pass examinations. It also focuses on enhancing people's English proficiency as opposed to only building the infrastructure for a bilingual environment. The blueprint is intended to forge a culture of English learning for not only students, but the entire nation. Finally, the blueprint's measures will be driven from the demand side rather than the supply side.

  • Related File(s)
    1. Bilingual Nation PPT
    2. Blueprint for Developing Taiwan into a Bilingual Nation by 2030
    3. Highlights on implementation results in 2019
    4. Press Release on December 6, 2018
    5. Press Release on December 4, 2018
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