Saturday 4:45 - 5:35 PM
EST: State of the Art in Taiwan
National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan
With the increasing, need for international communication, English has
become a lingua franca, particularly in the dissemination of scientific
and technological information. In Taiwan, where English has been playing
a more and more important role in higher education, scientific research,
and high-tech industries, a growing interest in and a pressing need for
EST can be perceived.
This paper presents the state of the art of EST in Taiwan. It first
looks into the educational, professional, and occupational phases of EST.
The major issues involved, including the current status of EST, technology
and information transfer, academic competence and the scientific-academic
community, second language acquisition and first language literacy, learner
needs and learner profiles, EST research, and teacher training, are then
addressed. Finally, the paper identifies the special features of EST in
Taiwan in terms of situational demands and constraints, human resources,
materials resources, and learner characteristics.