Taiwanese students on the road to English proficiency

Taiwanese students undergo the diagnostic test in four areas (reading, writing, listening and speaking) on July 3.

The English Summer Program has just started. 28 Taiwanese students came over to improve on their English language skills. Cebu Technological University Danao poured talents in yesterday’s opening ceremony with faculty and staff performing in lieu of students a day after the guests landed Mactan Cebu International Airport on Sunday night.

For one month, the delegates from the National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology (NKUST) have a packed schedule. Each week, they will travel to areas in the northern and southern parts of Cebu to experience the natural wonders. These are avenues for learning more the intricacies of language by which inspiration to push for proficiency is gained.

Cultural embrace apart from learning English can be seen as one of the reasons why the program is given premium by the CTU administration. It creates more opportunities for cross-cultural communication in the post-modern day thus building connections with international frontiers for innovative techniques.

NKUST delegates drop by the office of campus director Rosemary Almacen (C) on July 2.

Accustomed to hosting foreign students since the Koreans came a few years ago to learn English, the campus is bent to providing not just homey accommodations, safety and vibrant mood in the countryside but also a powerhouse of experts to help them with their communication.

Last night’s experience with the ‘tricycle’ was fun. A couple of them asked for seat belts. But they realized it was more than that they needed—it was confidence to hold on tight to the seat to arrive safe from a restaurant where they had their dinner to the hometel.

Immersing into the mundane cacophony of living in one of Cebu’s safest cities, the students shared how much they love to be in a new environment while being treated with much dedication so they could proficiently communicate at the end of the day.

Students enjoy the beach front at El Salvador, Danao City.

Two of them spoke with ICPA and recounted the deficit (in terms of learning English language) they had back in their country. Since vocabulary is the major concern, they are forced to forgo grammar most of the times, which leads to their inability to sustain accurate utterances in the target language.

This and more are looked by the designated instructors who’ll see to it that they all could attain proficiency by the end of the training.

CTU President Rosein A. Ancheta Jr. is clear with his idea of serving the guests to the best of the host campus’ capability, as this could possibly result in more foreign visits and international collaborations. ICPA