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Intel employees use their English proficiency and professional computer skills to help children in remote rural villages enjoy learning

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Elementary schools in remote rural villages are always a community outreach focus at Intel Taiwan. Since 2006, the Taiwan branch has been providing assistance to Nanshan Elementary School in Yilan County, Sanmin Elementary School in Taoyuan County, and Qianhua Elementary School in New Taipei City. The company has spent more than 30,000 hours serving elementary schools in remote rural villages. In June 2014, Intel volunteers started to provide assistance to Neiwan Elementary School in Hsinchu County. In January 2015, Intel volunteers started to combine LEGO with Scratch to teach programming to the students there. This year Intel has started to strengthen the students’ autonomous learning of programming, and English picture books are also combined with a variety of game playing to enable happy and intuitive English learning.

It takes ninety minutes by car to go to Neiwan Elementary School from Taipei. The school — in the borders between Hengshan Township and Jianshi Township in Hsinchu County — is in an area of poor economy. Most students at the school are the children of migrant wives or single parents, and many of them are raised by their grandparents or from underprivileged families.

Therefore, only a few local families can afford to send their children to brush-up and talent development classes after school. In June 2014, volunteers from Intel started to make good use of their English proficiency and professional computer skills to help the children at the school learn English and computer animation to prepare them well for junior high school curricula.

In order to help the students lacking relevant learning resources enjoy learning, Intel volunteers started to combine computer classes with LEGO and the Scratch programming language in January 2015, so that the students can learn programming and how to use Scratch to control a variety of LEGO figures built by them to enable a more independent, interactive, and interesting learning experience. As a result, they feel more motivated and can pride themselves on effectively applying what they have learned. In 2016, Intel started to invite the students who have basic programming experience to join Hour of Code™, which was launched by American non-profit organization Code.org in conjunction with Microsoft in 2013 to help children around the world experience building block-like programing in one hour to stimulate their interest in programming, help teachers discover their students’ creativity, and flip global education systems. In the 21st century, information technology dominates every domain of our life, and information technology and logical thinking are required for arts, education, finance, mass media, and medicine. As a result, programming is no longer a foreign language that only software engineers can understand, and it has become a basic skill that almost all walks of life should have in the future. Therefore, Intel volunteers try to provide an interesting way of learning to stimulate the interest of schoolchildren in remote rural villages in programming and develop their autonomous learning ability.

English classes use the picture books for elementary schools issued by the Ministry of Education as the teaching materials, and a professional English teacher has been invited to train Intel volunteers to together design lesson plans and classroom games to better motivate students. Vocabulary twister is arranged to help students use their bodies to strengthen understanding and memorization of vocabularies and there are also interesting games as teaching and learning support. According to a teacher at the school, her students consider the games for English learning fun enough to prompt them to open their mouths to speak English. They used to be bashful about speaking English but Intel volunteers’ encouraging attitude has changed them and now they can understand more English spoken on TV. According to a student who once attended an English program outside the school, the English classes provided by Intel are much more fun and vivid.

LEGO building and game playing and LEGO building have helped the students at Neiwan Elementary School better concentrate themselves on class learning and have increased their interaction with teachers, making computer programming learning and oral English practice more relevant to their daily life.

Computer classes combine LEGO playing with the Scratch programming language help the students better concentrate themselves on class learning.

Computer classes combine LEGO playing with the Scratch programming language help the students better concentrate themselves on class learning.


English teaching combined with game-playing and picture book reading increases students’ opportunities to speak English.

English teaching combined with game-playing and picture book reading increases students’ opportunities to speak English.

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