6/29/20

Collaboration between National Formosa University and University of Texas at San Antonio Cultivates Taiwan’s Next International Talents

Dr. F. Frank Chen (Front Left-1), Director of the Center for Advance Manufacturing and Lean Systems at the University of Texas at San Antonio posing with students from the National Formosa University for a group photo.

Director Andrea Yang (Front right-2) of the Education Division, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Houston visited Dr. F. Frank Chen (Front left-2), Director of the Center for Advance Manufacturing and Lean Systems, and students studying at the University of Texas at San Antonio.


To encourage focus on developing distinguished excellence in technology and science at technical universities, the Ministry of Education established the “International Talents Cultivation University Pilot Project” at the end of 2018 for outstanding students to gain international perspective as well as sophisticated technology knowledge and skills from benchmark universities abroad.
National Formosa University (NFU) is one of the participating universities conducting international collaboration with the Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Lean Systems at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA).  In the first of the three-year collaboration program, NFU sent five students to attend training and courses in the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt program. The program consists of lecture-based courses, individual monitoring, and consultation sessions. The capstone project gives students the opportunity to work with leading manufacturing companies in San Antonio and create improvement plans for them.
Diana Lin, one of the exchange students from NFU expressed her appreciation, saying she has made many good friends with students from different countries and improved her command of English. Professors encouraged her to be self-motivated and apply the academic concepts practically to projects. By working on assignments, quizzes and group projects, she quickly absorbed and deepened her knowledge.
The exchange students also extended gratitude for the internship opportunity that UTSA made to connect them with M2 Global, one of the aviation manufacturing companies in the Lean systems. By talking to CEO and senior management, they had the chance to see the big picture of a business and take on the management’s perspective. In addition, students learned that it is not a “one solution fits all” world, but a blend of ideas, methods, and attitude. The advice and suggestions that the students received helped them combine academic and practical experience.
According to Prof. Dr. F. Frank Chen, who received his B.A. in Tunghai University, also a recipient of the 1996 Presidential Faculty Fellows (PFF/PECASE) Award from President Clinton at the White House, and the Director of the Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Lean Systems at UTSA, the five participating students were doing a good job and should receive the Lean Six-Sigma Green Belt certificate by July 2020. For the second year of the collaboration program, UTSA will welcome another five students from NFU selected among more than 20 candidates. The newly participating students are scheduled to enroll in mid-August 2020 (though the final date will ultimately be announced depending on the COVID-19 pandemic).

美國路易斯安那州提出校園重啟指南


為減緩嚴重特殊傳染型肺炎疫情蔓延趨勢,美國路易斯安那州教育廳廳長Cade Brumley依據路州健康廳建議,提出公立學校新學年校園重啟指南,共有16項規定,其中包含要求學生必須配戴口罩與經常洗手。路州健康局有權力將此規定推廣至路州所有學校,包括私立學校。

B廳長表示不論成人或學生皆至少每2小時必須洗一次手,特別是用餐與使用戶外器材前後。除了學齡前班至2年級的學童及患有嚴重呼吸困難的人不需要戴口罩之外,其他所有人皆必須隨時配戴口罩。

當被問到孩童致死率極低,為何也需要配戴口罩時,B廳長認為學生若將病毒帶回家中,將可能傳染家庭成員及友人,並建議2歲以上的兒童皆可配戴口罩。

校園重啟指南中許多規定將配合路州經濟開放階段,例如學校樂隊、合唱團與體育校隊需在經濟開放至第3階段時,才能開始進行練習。當校園重啟時,路州仍處於現時之第2階段,則群聚不得超過25人;若經濟開放至第3階段,則可達到50人;但若回復至第1階段,則僅能容許10人群聚。

因嚴重特殊傳染型肺炎確診數再次攀升,路州州長Bel Edward622日宣布現行第2階段開放措施將延續至724日。B廳長隨後表示希望8月校園重啟時,路州能開放至第3階段。若仍為第2階段,校車將僅能容納50%載客量,學區或持續採取遠距教學;若為第3階段,校車將可容納至75%載客量,才較有可能恢復教室授課。

根據路州健康廳統計,近日嚴重特殊傳染型肺炎每日增加之確診、住院及死亡人數皆有提高的趨勢。截至625日,路州總確診數達到53,415例,3,051人因而死亡。
資料提供時間:2020.06.30
撰稿人/譯稿人:凌璈

資料來源:20200626
Education Week
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6/22/20

美國德州將於秋季班重啟校園


儘管美國德州近期嚴重特殊傳染型肺炎確診及住院案例飆升,本109)年618德州教育廳廳長Mike Morath仍表示學生於本年秋季班返回校園上課是安全的,預計下週更新返回校園計畫以提供更多準則予學區,並核准不放心將孩童送回學校的家長可選擇繼續維持居家遠距教學。德州將不會要求教師與學生配戴口罩,但學區可自行規定。

德州州長Greg Abbott319日宣布關閉校園,超過500萬名學生改為遠距教學以完成春季班課程,雖然A州長核准學區在符合嚴格的安全社交距離規範下,可於夏季班進行面對面教學,但僅有少部分學區選擇恢復面對面教學。

525日美國國定假日美國陣亡將士紀念日以來,德州接連創下嚴重特殊傳染型肺炎每日最高確診數及住院人數的紀錄。618日單日有3,516件新確診病例,為連續第3天最高確診人數;2,947名病患住院治療,為近12天來的第11次最高紀錄;43件死亡病例則為6月份第2多的死亡人數。

儘管如此,A州長仍積極進行德州重啟經濟計畫並表示沒有放緩步調的打算。德州教師協會則持相反意見,認為重啟校園計畫的每一步都必須考量教職員安全,包含要求所有進入學園的人每天都須接受症狀檢測並配戴口罩。

德州教師協會發言人Clay Robinson表示此疫情尚未結束且正持續惡化,德州州長及教育廳人員不需待在校園裡,但教師及學生將受到疫情影響,政治領袖尚未做好充足準備前,不該倉促開放校園。
資料提供時間:2020.06.23
撰稿人/譯稿人:凌璈

資料來源:20200619
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美國密西西比州刪除教師調漲薪資計畫預算


受嚴重特殊傳染型肺炎疫情影響,美國密西西比州州政府調整預算,刪除教師調漲薪資計畫。

該計畫於本1092月初由密西西比州參議院審議通過,移交眾議院討論,原將自本會計年度71日起,調漲大部分教師與教師助理薪資1,000美元,且於新進教師前2年每年增加薪資1,100美元,以提高教師起薪,達到吸引新鮮人投入教職的目的。

嚴重特殊傳染型肺炎疫情於本年3月重創密西西比州,導致失業率上升及州政府收入銳減。本年69日為密西西比州眾議院預算委員會決議截止日,教師調漲薪資計畫於該日遭到刪除。

密西西比州州長Tate Reeves108年承諾調漲教師薪資且提撥預算,計畫於108學年度完整調漲教師薪資1,500美元。但由於行政上預算編列時,各學區對於教師類別的計算方式不一,導致該計畫推遲至本年,卻又遭逢嚴重特殊傳染型肺炎影響而被取消。

資料提供時間:2020.06.16
撰稿人/譯稿人:凌璈

資料來源:20200610
Education Week
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緊急應對計畫為美國科羅拉多州重啟校園關鍵


美國科羅拉多州州長及流行病中心主任於本109)年68日告知科州教育委員會,科州各公立學校需對校園重啟方針保持彈性。若校園再次爆發嚴重特殊傳染型肺炎疫情,遠距教學仍將繼續實施

居家避疫命令執行初見成效,使得疫情趨緩,科州正逐步重啟經濟,各學區亦在保持適當社交距離的情況下,於校園開放暑期電腦教學。科州州長Jared Polis表示目前雖仍無法預測校園重啟對疫情的影響,但大部分學校應會於秋季班時恢復正常教學模式。

P州長指出緊急應對計畫是關鍵所在。若教室或校園內發生疫情,與患者接觸過的學生及教職員皆將被隔離並接受檢測,通過後方能重返校園。學校應盡可能保持同教室的學生一起行動,與其他教室學生交錯使用餐廳、體育場及走廊。

流行病學家Rachel Herlihy博士強調需針對60歲以上的教職員採取特別的預防措施。根據數據顯示,60歲以上的成年人佔科州人口比例的21%,但卻佔因嚴重特殊傳染型肺炎而住院治療的病患人數的50%及死亡人數的90%。學區應核准年紀較大的教職員可選擇遠距教學。

自嚴重特殊傳染型肺炎疫情爆發迄今,科州有超過28,000名確診案例,超過1,300件死亡病例及超過4,800名病患接受住院治療。
資料提供時間:2020.06.16
撰稿人/譯稿人:凌璈

資料來源:20200608
Education Week
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6/12/20

臺灣,你好! 華語101讓你輕鬆開口說華語


教育部針對來臺短期停留的外籍人士,推出即學即用的線上華語教材—華語101(https://ogme.edu.tw/Home/tw_101_list),自1075月上線以來,深獲國內外學生及老師好評,迄今已有超過近9萬次的線上學習應用。
教育部自106年即委託臺北市立大學開發華語101即學即用線上華語生活教材,初期係以基礎生存模擬例句進行研發,內容包含「基本問候」、「住宿」、「購物」、「點餐」、「交通」及「急難救助」等6大單元;本(109)年度更擴大學習範疇及應用,推出「城市遊覽」、「藝文活動」、「電話與預約」、「換鈔」、「認識朋友」及「看病及郵寄」等單元。教材開發係經多國學生實驗,篩選出符合大眾學習使用之口說例句,情境規劃從打招呼到交朋友、從觀光到商務、從交通到住宿、從購物到預約、從急難救助到就醫;涵蓋面向廣泛,超過百句超實用對話,由臺灣華語教師親自配音,以可替換單字詞彙之實用語句進行口說示範,線上學習者可以自由選擇符合需求的詞彙反覆練習。另本教材例句搭配可愛不失真的插圖,圖文並茂讓學習過程不苦悶,從聽覺、視覺引導入門者輕鬆開口說華語,只要連上網路,華語101就是使用者學習華語的最佳工具。
教育部表示,受新冠肺炎疫情影響,數位學習需求大增,華語101精選的常見對話例句,讓使用者隨時隨地想學就學、想聽就聽,輕輕鬆鬆將華語朗朗上口。除了「華語101」之外,教育部所設置「全球華語文教育專案辦公室 (OGME)」的「學華語到臺灣」專區(網址:https://ogme.edu.tw/Home/tw)亦提供「Start From Scratch」、「Intermediate Chinese」、「FLTA Story Book Series」、「Mandarin in 300 sentences」、「Fall in Love With Mandarin」等免費線上華語學習課程,歡迎華語教學人員或對華語學習有興趣之人士上網搜尋。
華語101



學華語到台灣

Huayu 101, Your Best Online Resources for Learning Mandarin Chinese



TAIPEI, Taiwan – Huayu 101, an online Mandarin Chinese learning platform established by Taiwan’s Ministry of Education (MOE) for foreigners on short-term stays in Taiwan, has launched six new learning scenarios this year for Chinese language learners.

Commissioned by the MOE in 2017, the University of Taipei has developed six chapters of learning scenarios that collect dialogues for everyday Chinese, encompassing “Greetings,” “Accommodation,” “Shopping,” “Order,” “Transportation,” and “Asking for help.”

This year, it added more everyday conversations to Huayu 101, including “City tour,” “Arts and cultural activities,” “Call and reservation,” “Exchange,” “Making friends,” and “Hospital and post office.”

The e-learning materials select the most practical conversations based on experiences of students from different countries, with scenarios spanning greetings, making friends, tourism, business, transportation, accommodation, shopping, reservation, and hospital. These sentences are dubbed by Taiwanese teachers and allow users to change the vocabularies they would like to practice for different scenarios.

Moreover, each text is paired with lively illustrations, leading users to learn Chinese effectively through contents presented simultaneously in both visual and verbal forms.

According to the MOE, demand for e-learning has surged due to impacts of the coronavirus outbreak. Through just connecting to the internet, users can get easy access to learn Chinese phrases for daily use on Huayu 101.

In addition to Huayu 101, the Office of Global Mandarin Education (OGME) established by the MOE also offers free online learning courses for teachers and learners, including “Start From Scratch,” “Intermediate Chinese,” “FLTA Story Book Series,” “Mandarin in 300 Sentences,” and “Fall in Love With Mandarin.”

Since the Huayu 101 website went live, it has attracted almost 90,000 active users and received positive feedback from students and teachers in Taiwan and overseas.

Contacts:
OGME (Office of Global Mandarin Education)
丁于芬
Tel No: +886-2-2391-1368 ext.1324
Email: c1324@csd.org.tw