When Tainan's Tucheng Junior High School acquired a foreign English teacher in Kim Whidden, most students tried to keep out of her way to avoid being picked to speak English. One year on, many say they have learned a lot, and will now even initiate English conversations with Whidden.
Tucheng Junior High is located in Tainan's Annan District on the outskirts of the city. Here, the environment for studying English is not as good as the city center, but with Whidden's arrival students at the school had the chance to interact with a native speaker of English.
First grader Kuo Ming-chieh (
After Whidden was asked to introduce herself at the local primary school, there was a rush of applications to Tucheng Junior High School from parents, because of the presence of a native English speaker at the school.
Kuo Yi-ting (