The Council of Indigenous Peoples and seven universities will launch teacher training courses to certify over 200 teachers of Taiwan’s indigenous languages.
The move comes as the government has upgraded indigenous languages to national language level. But also at a time when the council is concerned that speaking ability is falling among the younger generation of Taiwan’s indigenous people groups.
The council’s minister, Icyang Parod, said indigenous people over the age of 60 are generally able to speak their native language well. But he said this proficiency drops among people aged between 40-60 and the proficiency of people under the age of 40 is a concern.
The council has decided to set up teacher training courses with universities in seven different parts of the country to address the issue – and also to boost public interest in indigenous language learning.