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MOE unveils new Hoklo guidelines

TAIWANESE The guidelines will require elementary schoolchildren to be proficient in reading and writing Hoklo by using Taiwanese Romanization symbols

By Flora Wang  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Ministry of Education (MOE) yesterday unveiled its latest set of Hoklo curriculum guidelines.

The guidelines would require first and second graders to reach a level in which they could understand and communicate with their family members easily in Hoklo (also known as Taiwanese).

In accordance with the guidelines, elementary school students in the third and fourth grades should be able to express their feelings in Hoklo, tell the difference between various Hoklo dialects in Taiwan and the difference between written and spoken Hoklo.

They should also learn to read short Hoklo articles by using Taiwanese Romanization symbols and Mandarin characters, the guidelines state.

Fifth and sixth graders should be able to understand the deeper meaning of Hoklo phrases, orally interpret between Mandarin and Hoklo, and write a short story related to themselves or local culture in Hoklo, the guidelines said.

When students graduate from junior high school, they should be competent in listening to and reciting Hoklo literary works, understand the depth of the works and master simple Hoklo rhetorical strategies, the guidelines stated.

The graduates should also have the ability to deliver speeches and debate in Hoklo, the guidelines said.

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