MOE publishes an English vocab threshold for students
By Joy Lee, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Ministry of Education (MOE) published a threshold for remedial education that an elementary school student should learn 108 English words and a junior high school student should learn 448 words.
January 9, 2013, 12:09 am TWN
Elementary and junior high school students who do not reach the newly published threshold regarding English vocabulary have to receive remedial education, the MOE said.
According to Grade 1-9 Curriculum Guidelines, an elementary student should learn 480 English words and a junior high school student should learn 1,200 words by graduation.
National Taiwan Normal University English professor Cheng Yu-hsin (程玉秀), who was authorized by the MOE to create teaching materials for remedial classes, said “all the words, phrases and conversations included in the teaching materials are what the students should learn before graduation.”
According to statistics from the MOE, there were at least 64,000 students from first to ninth grade who needed to receive remedial English education last September.
Shih Chien University professor Chen Chao-ming (陳超明) said the statistics do not reflect reality because some junior high school students still cannot recognize English letters.
Chen said that he performred an English test on two seventh-grade classes in the Taipei area. There were still one to two students from each class who did not recognize letters of the English alphabet.
MOE official Huang Tzu-teng (黃子騰) said “the statistics do not reflect reality because they are based on information provided by teachers instead of a national examination. The MOE will review the statistics collection method.”
According to the MOE, students will be divided into a class with a minimum number of six people and maximum 12 when receiving remedial education.
Chen said “it would be better to categorize students based on their English abilities instead of their ages when receiving remedial education, so education can be more effective.”