The Ministry of Education and Training is finalising a project on English teaching for the 2008-2020 period with an estimated budget of between US$300 and 400 million. The project will help train 2,000 university teachers for English departments in an effort to improve the teaching methods in general education schools. Curricula for primary schools will be compiled on the basis of foreign documents and Vietnamese materials. Under the new English teaching system, pupils will start learning English at the third grade and earn the A2 level degree when they graduate from secondary schools. About 80 percent of secondary school students nationwide will learn English at school by 2020 and they will study a subject in English. After graduation, university students majoring in finance, banking, information technology and tourism will be qualified to work in English. … [Read more...] about Over US$300 mil for English teaching
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A number of university graduates in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak have complained that their degrees in English teaching has a spelling mistake that would hinder their job-seeking process. Tuoi Tre"> Eighteen teachers who have just graduated in the Pedagogy of English major from Tay Nguyen University, located in the provincial capital city of Buon Ma Thuot, expressed concern over the problems they may face when applying for jobs because of the error on the degree certificates they received from the school on October 10. … [Read more...] about Uh-oh! Vietnam university graduates discover English spelling goof on English teaching degrees
English teaching tries to get past 'how are you?' (17-12-2008) HA NOI — Low efficiency in teaching English at universities is a thorny issue, especially since the State has invested money and resources in improving courses. A first-year student at the Ha Noi National University summarised his English learning process from the sixth grade to university as a stretch of road where he had to learn to say "How are you?" at every education level. He said the present curriculum did not interconnect these levels well, making teachers and students waste time. A survey conducted by the Undergraduate and Post-Graduate Department under the Ministry of Education and Training found a similar result. The survey carried out in 59 universities nation-wide found more than 87 per cent of them had defined criteria when building their English training curriculum. Yet, these criteria were too general, failing to establish levels required for each school year or at school end. The survey also found 84 … [Read more...] about English teaching tries to get past ‘how are you?’
Racism abounds in the Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) business in Asia This is a running joke in English as a Second Language (ESL) circles, which is indicative that racism abounds in the TEFL industry in the continent. For those with fair skin and a university degree or an English teaching certificate, finding a teaching job in Asia is uncomplicated and easy as recruiters actively seek the quintessential all-American. For everyone else, racial discrimination is a harsh reality. In South Korea and China it isn't uncommon to come across job posts that read "white color preferred" or "only white Americans should apply." Employers in Asia operate under a completely different set of legal rules where it's the norm to be asked to submit a photograph with your application, or be questioned about your race, religion or age. While the hiring criteria is said to be standardized, applicants are sometimes recruited based not only on their English fluency, experience or … [Read more...] about English teaching: Is white right?
English learning and teaching have been a bone of contention for years in Vietnam as teacher qualifications and assessment methodologies are blamed for students' failure to use the language in real life. These two issues are a major problem. Vietnamese students start studying English as early as middle school, with many even learning it in elementary school or kindergarten - just like many other countries where it is spoken as a second language - but few of them can speak the language fluently when they leave high school. "Students who have studied English for seven years beginning in grade six are often not able to use English beyond simple greetings and questions such as 'hello,' 'good-bye,' and 'what's your name?'" says Dr. Diana L. Dudzik, a senior fellow at an education ministry project on foreign language improvement. Many have attributed myriad reasons to this problem, but everything seems to boil down to unqualified teachers and an outdated testing model. … [Read more...] about English teaching in Vietnam: Teacher ‘re-education’