TOEIC: to Take or Not to Take

The English graduation benchmark policy has been executed in most universities in Taiwan since the Ministry of Education began implementing the policy in 2003. Most universities accept the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) score as proof of their students’ English proficiency, and require their students to achieve the TOEIC benchmark before graduation. At present, more than 90% of universities in Taiwan have set their own TOEIC benchmark standard.

Shu-Juan Shan, the new immigrant, prepared for her cuisine competition. Photo/Chia-Yu Chao

New Immigrants Still Struggle with Stereotypes in Taiwan

Seeking a better life, Mei-Qing Wen, a Vietnamese bride, decided to turn to the mercenary marriage, crossing the seas to marry a unknown Taiwanese. She has made every effort to create a new destiny of her own while trying to overcome countless obstacles here.

Wan-Ru Yu a DPP legislator spoke at Social Enterprise Finance Forum.Provided by Yu.

” I Always Try to Surpass Myself.” The Exciting Adventures of Wan-Ru Yu

Wan-Lu Yu, now 37, is a legislator for the Democratic Progressive Party. She also is the cofounder of the first fair trade company—OKOGREEN— in Taiwan in 2007. “I had used to stand in the opposite side of the mainstream to help the disadvantaged when I was just a young girl,” said Yu.

The science and nature course at Kang Chiao international School. Provided by Yen-Li Ho.

All Eyes and Ears on Your Grade

Most parents in Taiwan still hold the opinion that extraordinary academic performance is the necessary building block for a bright and successful future career. As a result, such parents not only are resistant to change in teaching style but are confused about why some teachers intend to practice the so-called “flipped classroom.”

The diet education shall be started from childhood. Photo/Wan-Ling Tsai

Don’t Just Blame the Little Fatty

Genetic makeup, formed in the stage of embryo and breastfeeding, is another factor for the growing problem in obesity. And obese mothers normally rear like offspring in part because they serve as a bad role model for their kids. As a result childhood obesity is due in part to bad parenting.

Yang Jin-long, president of the Central Bank, said that the exchange rate of New Taiwan dollar is stable, so we will not follow the U.S. step.Photo by UDN.

No Need to Panic about U.S. Rates Rise

Stakeholders are urged to stay optimistic but cautious as various actions can be taken to avert potential harms from the recent rise of the U. S. interest rates. While businesses can manipulate financial tools to safeguard their profits, individuals can resort to more diverse currencies trading to lessen their losses from fluctuations in exchange rates.   

Wining gold medal isn’t equal to soundly developing sports.Photo by Al Bello Getty

Wining Gold Medal Isn’t Equal To Soundly Developing Sports

Nowadays, the PE classes in Taiwan are overseen by Ministry of Education. Therefore, it becomes a problem:  People think the government should take the responsibility for all sports. That’s is the reason why the sports sector isn’t autonomous. Beside, there are problems of social support, elitism PE education, insufficient sports field, and so on.

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