By switching to remote learning, students are able to comply with pandemic prevention regulations while at the same time continue their studies over the internet from their places of residence. Over 100 students attended the class remotely to improve their Chinese skills, and the first session is nearing completion.
A Vietnamese student surnamed Ruan noted that she invested roughly 2 hours a day into learning, and even up to 3 or 4 hours if she has more free time. Maribel Macabulos Sandoval from the Philippines pointed out that learning Chinese is not an easy task, especially doing so on the side of taking care of the elderly. However, she still takes time to practice and do the homework as a way of adapting to Taiwan faster. Suparni, an Indonesian worker enrolled in the program, hopes that classes can resume as soon as possible after the current pandemic wave subsides.
Labor Commissioner Chen Hsin-yu remarked that language is an important tool for migrant working in Taiwan, and learning Chinese can help them better accommodate to local lifes and improve work efficiency. The Department of Labor continues to provide language training, allowing migrant workers to keep up with learning despite the lockdown. The instructors also take the opportunity to promote pandemic prevention best practices to students through the classes.
The second session of the Chinese language program for migrant workers will begin in August. Due to current guidelines, the course will continue to take place online. Migrant workers interested in the program can sign up by calling the registration hotline (TEL: 02-23751231 or 02-23381600, ext. 4209)