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Title: Research on English teaching and learning: Taiwan (2004–2009)
Author: Suchiao Chen
Institution: National Taiwan University of Science and Technology
Author: Yachin Tsai
Institution: National Chiayi University
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics
Subject Language: English
Abstract: 'This article analyzes research in second/foreign language teaching and learning conducted in Taiwan over the period 2004–2009. Representative articles published in local refereed journals and conference proceedings – not readily accessible outside Taiwan – are reviewed to reflect current trends in English teaching and learning. The main themes discussed include English-in-education policy and curriculum, research on English-skills development, and assessment.
The analysis presented here highlights the fact that research in Taiwan not only follows international trends but also satisfies specific needs in local sociolinguistic contexts. Additionally, this paper sheds light on why the international readership of this locally conducted research remains very limited, and concludes by outlining the challenges that researchers face and the gradually shifting status of English in Taiwan in this increasingly globalized world.

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This article appears IN Language Teaching Vol. 45, Issue 2, which you can READ on Cambridge's site .



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