Universities urged to improve English language skills for students

December 8, 2008

HANOI, VIETNAM–Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Education and Training Banh Tien Long has asked universities to help students improve their English so that they can use it confidently and competently by 2015. Mr Long made the statement at a seminar held in Hanoi on full story
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English-language schools mushroom out of control

November 18, 2008

HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM–With English language centres seemingly on every street in HCM City, local educators and officials question the quality of instruction available at many of these schools. Each of these English language centres often has two or three branches in the city, full story
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Compulsory English classes planned for primary schools

November 12, 2008

HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM–English will be compulsory for 20 per cent of third graders from the 2010 academic year. The Ministry of Education and Training intends to begin its pilot programme with four periods of English in HCM City, Ha Noi and Da Nang each week, says its Educational Science Institute deputy director Nguyen Loc. The ministry expects English to then become full story
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Teaching English to primary school students: nothing prepared

October 23, 2008

HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM–The Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) plans to begin teaching English as a compulsory subject to 3rd class students from 2010. However, nothing has been done so far to prepare for the programme. In 1996, MOET kicked off the trial programme on teaching English as an optional subject to primary school students. 12 years later, the ministry full story

Minority students need unique English classes

October 22, 2008

HANOI, VIETNAM–As an English teacher, the most frequently asked question I hear is why many high-school graduates cannot use English in even the most simple daily conversations. There are several reasons for this. Students, especially those from ethnic minorities, encounter many difficulties in learning English. Teaching English for minority students in the remote and often full story

Foreign language centres mushrooming

October 22, 2008

HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM–Foreign language centres are in close proximity to one another on big streets in HCM City like Dien Bien Phu, Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Phan Dinh Phung, Vo Thi Sau, Vo Van Tan, Nguyen Tri Phuong and Quang Trung. The short stretch of February 3 Road alone has 4-5 centres, and the Hang Xanh crossroad area also has 4-5 operational centres. full story

PM approves $1 billion plan to boost language learning

October 10, 2008

HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM–Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has approved a VND16 trillion (US$1 billion) project to improve students’ foreign language skills in VietnamCreated to enhance the job skills of graduates entering a competitive international market, the new scheme aims to equip all college and university graduates with second language proficiency by full story

English to be introduced in primary schools

October 8, 2008

HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM–The “Teaching and learning foreign language in the national education system” program  aims to encourage English teaching and learning at levels rated by the European Association for Language Testing and Assessment (EALTA). It will have students learn English at the primary school (grades 1-5) itself, instead of the secondary school (grades 6-10) full story