International Journal of Language & Linguistics

ISSN 2374-8850 (Print), 2374-8869 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijll

Development and Challenges of English Taught Programs in Asian Countries: Take Taiwan as an Example
Jia-chen Chuo, Yen-Hui Lu

Under various reasons, English Taught Programs (ETPs) are burgeoning in universities. We see such programs not only in European countries but also in Asian ones. At the same time, the research of English as Medium of Instruction (EMI) also gets much momentum in academia. However, the challenges faced by such programs in different areas will vary. This research will first brief the ETPs in Asian countries. An overview of the background of such program will be studied. Challenges faced by the managers (administrators), instructors and students in these programs will also be discussed. While Asia is composed of countries with diverse historical backgrounds, the case in Taiwan will be the focus of discussion. Unlike Singapore, Malaysia, or Indonesia, which shared a common colonial history, countries such as Korea, Japan and Taiwan are more similar in that English is not one of their official languages. As ETPs seem to be the trend in the future, suggestions are also provided for future improvement.

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