The efforts to improve English teaching and learning quality have been disappointing. English was one of two subjects with the lowest scores at the 2019 high school final exam.
Sai Cong Hong, deputy director of the Ministry of Education and Training’s Quality Assurance Department, said the average score in English in the last three years from 2017 to 2019 was below 5.0. The most common scores were 3-3.4.
The 10-year teaching program is mostly implemented in provinces/cities with good socio-economic conditions. With heavier investments in English teaching, the 10-year programs result in better English skills than those in the 7-year program.
Dang Hiep Giang from the Secondary Education Department said two foreign language teaching programs exist concurrently, including a 7-year program (students begin learning English inthe sixth grade) and 10-year program (beginning in the third grade).
The average score of students in the 10-year program on the 2019 high school finals was 2 marks higher than students in the 7-year program.
Vietnamese students learn English for at least seven years at school. However, many of them cannot obtain basic knowledge, which has been blamed on the teaching method.
American Literature students of HCMC Open University staged the drama “The Patchwork Quilt” by Rachel Field last Friday, through which they could gain a deeper understanding of American literature and improve their English skills.