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Most Taiwanese students fail to meet TOEIC requirement
多數台灣學生 未達企業「多益」分數要求

University English lecturer Kirby Yang, left, tutors a student using his latest book, titled “The ultimate TOEIC vocabulary for the new TOEIC test,” in Kaohsiung on Saturday last week.
大學英文講師楊士璿(左〉上週六在高雄市,使用他的新書《新制多益New TOEIC究極單字書》教導學生。

Photo courtesy of Kirby Yang
照片︰楊士璿提供

The US-based Educational Testing Service (ETS), which develops the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC), released the results of its 2018 survey last month, showing as high as 94.8 percent of Taiwan’s top enterprises attach importance to employees’ ability to communicate in English. They also require an average of 582 points on the TOEIC for newcomers.

For mid- and high-level managers, 684 and 726 are required respectively in the 990-point test. However, since many schools have cut English courses to save money in recent years, the average score for Taiwanese university students last year was a mere 514, and for vocational university students it was only 425. This means that many university students are barely able to reach the threshold for employment.

In order to meet the threshold, more people have now turned to English cram schools or TOEIC preparation books. In light of this trend, “Hackers New TOEIC Voca” was crowned the No. 1 bestseller by Books.com Co. last year, becoming the first ever language learning book to top the platform’s annual list.

(Eddy Chang, Taipei Times)

「多益英語測驗」的開發者美國教育測驗服務社,上個月公布了二○一八年的調查報告,其結果顯示在台灣的大企業中,高達百分之九十四‧八很重視員工「用英文溝通的能力」,對新進員工多益的要求平均為五百八十二分。

至於中階與高階主管,則分別被要求必須具備六百八十四分、七百二十六分的水準,滿分則是九百九十分。然而近年來許多學校為了節省經費紛紛大砍英語課程,導致台灣的大學生去年平均僅五百一十四分,技職大學的學生更只有四百二十五分,這意味著許多大學生根本無法達到就業門檻。

為了跨過門檻,不少人轉而求助於英語補習班或多益參考書。在這股風潮下,《新制多益New TOEIC單字大全》去年甚至登上博客來年度暢銷書排行榜冠軍,這也是首次有語言學習書籍榮登該平台年度冠軍寶座。

(台北時報張聖恩)

TODAY’S WORDS
今日單字

1. communicate v.

溝通

(gou1 tong1)

2. vocational adj.

技職的

(ji4 zhi2 de5)

3. threshold n.

門檻

(men2 kan3)

4. cram school phr.

補習班

(bu3 xi2 ban1)

5. preparation book phr.

參考書

(can1 kao3 shu1)


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