Background: we have two third graders who did Pre-K, Kindergarten, and 1st grade in Taiwanese schools. We went back to US for 2nd grade, then we’ve returned in 3rd grade. We’re in Taipei at a huge community school.
Our kids’ school has 3 English classes/week, all taught by Taiwanese teachers, mostly in an ESL format. Of course, these classes are super annoying to our kids, who will make a lot of simple mistakes and also get marked off for things the text books does wrong (like capitalizing “french fries”).
So, we have worked out plan B, which is they stay in class for this semester, can do their own reading, but still have to fill out the course text and take the test. Next semester they will apply for an educational waiver 免修 but we’ll have to produce some sort of educational plan. Not a bad plan B…
That said, I find it super annoying we can’t get the waiver this semester. Apparently, these had to be filled out in May, and the academic affairs office 教務處 won’t budge. It may be 教育局 policy, and I am willing to go there if I need to. The counseling center also has some kind of 特教組長室.
Here are my questions:
- Any ideas on getting them out of the English class for this semester? I’m trying not to be the annoying parent, but I also don’t see this as being a big deal (“sure, transfer students can apply for the transfer after the deadline they weren’t around for”). Partly I can’t figure out why this is a challenge.
- Anyone have any experience with either educational waivers or creating an alternate study plan?
I’m trying not to make this a big deal. Partly, our kids are of course struggling because it’s a big change coming back.