Taiwan: Elementary and Secondary
Program Duration: Academic Year (mid-August - June)
About the Ontario Program:
In today’s increasingly global societies, language and cultural competencies are more important than ever for student success. To meet this demand, Foresight, in partnership with leading ESL educational consultants and principals in Canada, has worked to develop an effective ESL program for Taiwanese students that not only supports their language learning, but also their cultural awareness, critical thinking skills, and digital literacy. The ultimate goal of the program is for students to become proficient and confident enough to employ their English language skills in any situation they may encounter in today’s global world.
Curriculum and Teaching Philosophy:
The program curriculum, developed by Ontario curriculum specialists, is uniquely and specifically designed to support Taiwanese students using the Ontario ESL curriculum in conjunction with the local program. While the local education model may focus on repetition and memorization of vocabulary, the Ontario program focuses on learning English through meaningful, authentic, engaging and collaborative activities. The program is student-focused, based on interesting and motivational themes and differentiated for learning needs. The program also focuses on developing students' learning skills, such as responsibility, initiative, and collaboration. Sound assessment and evaluation practices are part of the program and formal reporting periods are built into the terms.
Our program is delivered by F.I.E.C. teaching teams within local Taiwanese elementary and secondary schools. Implementing such a program within local partner schools allows students the opportunity to receive a quality Canadian-style English education alongside their regular Taiwanese education, gaining the best of both.
Teaching and Support Team:
Teachers in our Ontario based program are certified teachers from English-speaking countries. Currently, we have teachers from Canada, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. Our teachers benefit by gaining valuable and relevant experience in planning, implementing, assessing and evaluating student learning which will serve them well in any educational setting in the future. All our teachers work in teams and are provided with ongoing professional learning throughout the school year supported by Teacher Directors, Ontario Curriculum Consultants, Literacy Coaches, and Principals. Teachers’ voices are important to the program and the curriculum is reviewed annually and developed resources (unit plans, lesson plans, classroom materials, etc.) are uploaded for sharing purposes with future teachers.