LinkTel, a PChome company (8044), along with its "Lingvist"--a language learning service based on AI and big data, has responded to the "Bilingual Nation 2030" policy promoted by the Executive Yuan for improving the country's overall competitiveness. From August 31st, schools at all levels nationwide can apply for the Lingvist unlimited edition program for 3 months (teaching edition) free of charge. For the first time, such a campus English learning subsidy program aims to provide 70,000 copies, with a total sponsorship amount exceeding NTD 100 million equivalently.
PChome said that as education is the top priority for the country, LinkTel hopes to help schools at all levels to promote English education. With the language learning platform of the emerging AI technology, students can master the individualized learning curve. By bringing the most advanced AI and big data application technology into the English education environment in Taiwan, it would help enhance the English ability of Taiwan’s people and thus promote the policy of Bilingual Nation 2030.
Lingvist will launch a new learning course "High School Essential Vocabularies" this month to complete the final high school puzzle from the elementary school to the university. In addition to the previous "Essential Vocabularies for elementary and junior high schools", "TOEIC English" and "Business English", in the future students of elementary school to university will be able to complete a step-by-step learning through Lingvist unlimited edition.
Mr. Tsai Wenxiong, General Manager of LinkTel, said that national competitiveness is directly related to the English ability of the people. Lingvist thus has positively responded to the government's 2030 bilingual national policy with practical actions, and will release 70,000 copies of Lingvist's unlimited edition plan with a worth of NTD 100 million. It is available to any school in Taiwan. It is hoped that the program will provide a truly helpful English learning platform for the people of Taiwan with the help of the private sector and Lingvist's unique AI smart algorithm and big data technology.
Mr. Tsai Wenxiong also said that, since the National Development Council (NDC) has stressed at the end of last year that the bilingual nation policy this time around is different from the past, with a focus on improving the overall competitiveness of the country. At present, without sufficient English communication skills, the results of citizens’ participation in various international examinations and evaluation results are not quite satisfactory. Thus, it is necessary to improve the English ability of our people in an all-round fashion. It is hoped that through such a program, the students in Taiwan will be able to memorize the English words more efficiently, while achieving the policy goal of the Bilingual Nation 2030.
According to the data on the usage of Taiwan users surveyed by Lingvist in March 2019, the number of words/vocabularies in Taiwan users is generally insufficient. From July 2018 to March 2019, from the pre-service test results of Lingvist, Taiwan users have learned English vocabulary with an average amount of 1,175 words. There is still a long distance from the ideal 5,000 words in English. It shows that there is still room for improvement for English capability of our citizens.
PChome said that, in response to the Bilingual National 2030 policy, the "Unlimited Edition 3 Months (Teaching Edition)" sponsored learning program was launched. It is free for schools of all levels to apply, with “school” or "grade" as the smallest unit of application for public or private elementary and junior or senior high schools; or "school" or "department” or "institute" as the minimum unit for applying for public or private universities (excluding kindergartens and private entities). It is expected to benefit users at the age of schooling.