Migrant workers benefit from free language courses

Migrant workers in Taipei can register for free online courses in Mandarin and Hoklo (commonly known as Taiwanese), with online registration open until Friday, the Taipei Labor Department said.

The online courses, which are free, aim to help migrant workers in Taipei integrate into society by improving their language skills for everyday use, the department said in a statement this week.

The Mandarin course would be about four hours of lessons per week for 12 weeks from Aug. 27 to Nov. 20, the department said.

Classes are held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 5:20 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, he said.

The Hoklo course is scheduled from September 3 to November 6, comprising four hours of lessons per week over the nine weeks, he said, adding that the timings were the same for both language courses.

Most migrant workers in Taipei are private caregivers who learn Mandarin or Hoklo on the job, but communication issues sometimes arise due to the language barrier, the department said.

The courses aim to improve workers’ language skills and help them adapt to Taiwan, he said.

Migrant workers from Taipei, who have been in Taiwan for at least three years, would be given priority, as the number of places in the programs is limited, the department said.

Registration can be done online or by calling the Taipei Language Institute at (02) 2366-0098 or (02) 2367-8228 ext. 816, it said.

There were 38,659 migrant workers in Taipei at the end of June, according to data from the Ministry of Labor.

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