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How to Promoting English as the Second Official Language in Tainan 2015-05-29 01:56:21
How to Promoting English as the Second Official Language in Tainan
Promoting English as the second official language in Tainan is Tainan city government’s ten-year ambition goal .
The goal is not easy to accomplish, but I think it is not impossible to achieve.
I have some ideas to fulfill this goal.

Firstly, I would like to invite civil servants to join the non-profit organization “Toastmasters International” club.

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Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. The membership is 313,000 strong. Members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 14,650 clubs in 126 countries that make up their global network of meeting locations.
The world needs leaders. Leaders head families, coach teams, run businesses and mentor others. These leaders must not only accomplish, they must communicate. By regularly giving speeches, gaining feedback, leading teams and guiding others to achieve their goals in a supportive atmosphere, leaders emerge from the Toastmasters program. Every Toastmasters journey begins with a single speech. During their journey, they learn to tell their stories. They listen and answer. They plan and lead. They give feedback—and accept it. Through the community of learners, they find their path to leadership. *
Those who want to join the club need to deliver their first speech The Ice Breaker to introduce he/her-self for 4-6 minutes. It is so terrified for a new learner. Sometime people attend the club once then never appear again due to the fear of 4-6 minutes presentation.

For the reason I won't invite my colleagues to join the club immediately. It will destroy their confidence. Instead of that,we start an English reading group in our office first. In this English reading group we train our members having the ability to introduce themselves first. We ask members to make a promise when they join this English reading group.
As a member of my club, I promise:
1. To attend club meetings regularly.
2. To help the club maintain the positive, friendly environment necessary for all members to learn and grow.
3. I will study English for 30 minutes a day.
If the member can keep those promises for three month , I think they will have the ability to make a 4-6 minutes presentation, then start the wonderful Toastmasters International journey.

Secondly, we can cooperate with a non profit organization International Cultural Youth Exchange (ICYE) by inviting international volunteers to Tainan city.

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International Cultural Youth Exchange is an international non-profit youth exchange organisation promoting youth mobility, intercultural learning and international voluntary service, in more than 40 countries around the world.
1.International Cultural Youth Exchange is a leader in international youth exchange programmes with more than 60 years of experience promoting young people’s active and global citizenship.
2.International Cultural Youth Exchange is an international voluntary service programme with significant presence across all continents.
3.International Cultural Youth Exchange is an experience based programme to enhance young people’s intercultural understanding and commitment to peace and justice.
4.International Cultural Youth Exchange is an international network of local organisations providing volunteers with the necessary orientation, training and support.
5.International Cultural Youth Exchange is long and short-term exchange programmes for 4,000 participants annually. *
It is a win-win situation. If we cooperate with ICYE and welcome foreign volunteers in our organisation. We not only have foreign volunteers in our organisation to promoting English as the second official language but also propagate our cultural back to their country.

Thirdly, we can set up a Civil Servant Exchange program with English speaking countries. We can look for some suitable civil servants in Tainan city government to participate this program. Programs select the candidates most likely to complete some training program and serve as the best ambassadors to the foreign nation.

By sending participants to English speaking countries to increase the their understanding and tolerance of other cultures, as well as improving their language skills and broadening their social horizons. We can sent them to stays in the host country for a period of 6 months to 1 year. Those participants who come from English speaking countries could take the job and live in the house of those participants who sent to English speaking countries. By this way, the Tainan city government do not need to pay extra money to participants. The Tainan city government not only save money but also promote using English in the office.

Promoting English as the second official language in Tainan should be a long term journey. It is like a marathon, not a sprint.
Globalization is strongly underway in all part of the world. English is the most common use language. If we want to have the competitiveness to the world, the language skill definitely play an important role.
Civil Service Develment Insititude Tainan city government now offers a lot of English learning programs.
My dear friends do not hesitate and grab the opportunity immediately to study English.

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Toastmasters International web site.

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International Cultural Youth Exchange (ICYE) web site.