Viet Nam News HCM CITY - Their huge workload, limited teaching hours and large numbers of students in classes prevent teachers from improving their classroom-based assessment practices, considered vital to improving English teaching, an expert has said. Dr Vũ Thị Phương Anh, dean of Bình Dương University's foreign languages faculty, said efforts to reform the quality of English teaching in the country have thus been in vain. She was speaking at Việt Nam's first Language Assessment Symposium held today at the Southeast Asian Ministers Of Education Organization Regional Training Center (SEAMEO RETRAC) in HCM City. Classroom-based assessment refers to teachers' informal day-to-day interactions with students and interim formal tests to assess students' progress. "Everywhere, the main focus of class-based assessment is on vocabulary, grammar and reading," Anh said, explaining that some other key skills like listening and writing are added only at university-level final exams. Yet … [Read more...] about Good assessment helps improve English teaching: symposium
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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
Few handicapped people have access to education or vocational training. Many of them cannot get over themselves to apply for a course while others are afraid of communicating with others. Realising this fact, a group of students has opened free English classes for the handicapped in Hanoi. The class was initiated by Nguyen Thi Mai Khuyen, first-year student at University of Hanoi, who is vice-chairwoman of both Volunteers for Peace Vietnam Club and Hanoi Voluntary Students’ Club, after many times taking part in voluntary campaigns. Khuyen explained that by opening such classes, she would like more persons especially the disadvantaged to benefit from voluntary activities. Moreover, sympathy and love for disadvantaged people also urged her to do something for them. Khuyen herself was paralysed after a fever when she was only three months old. Khuyen has asked her friends from different universities and foreign volunteers to teach these classes. Khuyen was very happy to see up to … [Read more...] about Free English teaching for the handicapped
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?