VietNamNet Bridge - The project to teach English to secondary school students has been described as "setting many ambitious goals". Teachers still have worries about the feasibility of the project, because they do not have much time - just 9 months - to prepare for to execute the program. English teaching programs will be implemented nationwide by 2020. … [Read more...] about Teaching English at secondary and high schools: haste makes waste
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Mr Long made the statement at a seminar held in Hanoi on December 5 with a focus on English language training for students at universities in Vietnam. The event was co-organised by the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) and the Educational Testing Service (ETS) Global. Mr Long said that to improve the quality of teaching and English language skills, universities should attach more importance to upgrading infrastructure and English teaching facilities. In addition, teachers should improve their teaching methods and their knowledge to encourage students to get involved in studying English. Tran Thi Ha, head of the University and Post-University Department under the MOET said that universities should pay more attention to teaching English for Special Purposes (ESP). To help universities accomplish this, from now till 2010, the MoET will implement the teaching of English under four specialities including information technology, finance-banking, business administration and tourism. … [Read more...] about Universities urged to improve English language skills for students
English teachers can earn up to $2,200 a month in Vietnam, according to a new report. With job vacancies available all year round offering high salaries, Vietnam has been ranked the second best place in the world to teach English by TEFL Exchange, a community for teachers of English as a foreign language. The site estimates that a foreign English teacher can earn between $1,200-2,200 a month in Vietnam, where the average annual income in 2016 was just $2,200. They can find a job any time of year and the best places to do so are the country’s three largest cities: Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang. Candidates only need to hold a bachelor’s degree and a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certificate. English is an obligatory subject from sixth grade across Vietnam, but in large cities, many primary schools demand high competency. Foreign language centers have been thriving here, with students as young as three years old. TEFL Exchange came up with the best … [Read more...] about Vietnam ranks second best place in the world to teach English
VietNamNet Bridge - The Ministry of Education and Training will carry out an English teacher quality assessment at colleges and universities nationwide in September. Teachers are required to have 90 points or more on the TOEFL iBT, 7.0 in IELTS, 850 for all four English communication skills in TOEIC tests or have passed the Cambridge CAE, CPE. Lecturers for specialised courses must have 70 points or more on the TOEFL iBT, 5.5 points of IELTS, level four certificates issued by the Ministry of Education and Training or have passed the Cambridge CAE, CPE. On September 30, 2008, the Prime Minister issued Resolution 1400 on foreign language teaching and learning during period of 2008-2020. Out of 3,650 foreign language teachers who were assessed in Hanoi, HCM City and the provinces of An Giang and Tien Giang, only 454 teachers met the requirements. The Deputy Minister of Education and Training, Nguyen Vinh Hien, said that although the resolution was issued in 2008, they only … [Read more...] about Ministry to scrutinise English qualification of language teachers
by Trung Hieu & Ha DuongThe Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) issued an official document in February-end urging kindergartens to desist from teaching foreign languages to children and not popularise the related curriculum.The MoET also does not approve the use of tutorial software for foreign languages.But, it is a known fact that when there is demand, then supply will certainly exist.Many teachers and parents have protested against this decision, saying that the schools should continue teaching English to kindergarteners.Huynh Thu Ly, a mother in Tay Ho District, strongly stated that the MoET's decision was nonsense."I pay VND10 million (about US$460) as tuition fees each month, only for my daughter to have access to English and the native teachers. I am not ambitious that she can communicate well, but just want her to become familiar with simple English words, so that she can communicate with foreigners. I feel it is an accomplishment for me if my daughter has access to … [Read more...] about Should kindergartens teach English?