The Taiwan government is planning to spend millions of dollars “improving Taiwan’s English-language environment”, which will include the setting up of two English-language villages, according to this report.
They will improve English language signage and aim to host more international concerts and exhibitions.
The idea of the English villages is to make it easier for the local residents to practise their English. The first village will probably be set up in Hsinchu Science and Technology Park, which has a large number of foreign staff. The villages will have English language signs, local businesses will be encouraged to provide English-language services, and will be given star ratings for the quality of those services.
Taiwan already has at least one English ‘village’ where children can be immersed in the language, according to this report.
Are there similar ‘villages’ in other countries?