The new school year for most elementary schools and junior and senior high schools across Taiwan begins today, and that for universities in two weeks. To help students re-adjust to campus life, local education departments are introducing a series of exercises to refocus their minds, and various “back-to-school” apps that provide online reading and interactive learning.
This year, Taiwan Yuansheng International Academy, the nation’s first Aboriginal experimental senior high school, was launched at Christ’s College Taipei in New Taipei City’s Tamsui District. Ten Bunun freshmen will take special music and cultural lessons in addition to their regular classes.
Meanwhile, a back-to-school sales war is heating up. According to A-mart hypermarket chain and Kuang Nan Fashion Shop, items below NT$500 (US$16), such as the NT$299 book holder, are most popular this year. The nation’s three major telecom companies are also attracting student customers with a NT$488 flat-rate cellphone monthly package.
Photo courtesy of Badu Elementary School
(Eddy Chang, Taipei Times)
1. school year phr.
學年 (xue2 nian2)
2. campus n.
校園 (xiao4 yuan2)
3. back-to-school adj.
開學的 (kai1 xue2 de5)
4. experimental adj.
實驗的 (shi2 yan4 de5)
5. flat-rate adj.
單一費率 (dan1 yi1 fei4 lu4)
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