Ho Chi Minh City has launched an ambitious project to improve English language skills for students in schools and vocational centres during the 2012-2013 academic year at an estimated investment of about VND408 billion (US$204,000).
The project, conducted by the municipal Department of Education and Training, aims to change comprehensively the teaching and learning methods at every grade and every training level, so as to make dramatic progress in students’ speaking, listening and reading skills.
The project will then stretch over a 10-year period in which the English language will be a compulsory subject from third grade onwards in schools.
Le Hong Son, director of the Department of Education and Training, said that the education sector will recruit more English teachers as well as spend more money on implementing this project in 2012 and 2013.
Teachers passing the examination set by the department to teach English will receive a bonus worth 70 percent of their salary.