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November 13, 2002

PAC4 Held in Taiwan

The 4th Pan-Asian Conference (PAC4) and the 11th International Symposium and Book Fair on English Teaching were held last weekend in Taipei. The theme of PAC4 was "English Language Teaching in Asian Contexts: Four PCs in the 21st Century." The four PCs are: personal computers and software; the issue of political correctness; plural cultures; and personal communication as related to the teaching of English. English education was extended to fifth and sixth graders at Taiwan's primary schools last year and a spokesman for the Education Ministry said that the government plans to recruit 2,500 English teachers from abroad next year. "We need these foreign teachers not just because they are native English speakers. They will need to take TESOL courses," he said. Taiwan ranks second-to-bottom of 14 Asian countries in TOEFL scores, with only Japan below.

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