At the Youth Entrepreneurship Forum 2018 last month, Minister of Information and Communication Nguyen Manh Hung suggested that the Prime Minister should soon recognize English as the second official language of Vietnam to help startups reach out to the world. The proposal stirred a heated discussion on social media and prompted numerous professionals to pitch in with their views and opinions. While some welcomed the idea and supported widespread use of the language in Vietnam, others were wary of the cultural, legal and other implications of formalizing it as an official language. Everyone agreed that it was good to improve English use and fluency in the country, so the debate boiled down to whether declaring and using it as an official language was a feasible, practical option for Vietnam. Professor Chung Hoang Chuong, who has juggled teaching at the University of California and doing research in Vietnam, was optimistic about Vietnam having two official languages. Chuong, currently a … [Read more...] about English as an official language in Vietnam: would it work?
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A survey done by Go Overseas, a U.S.-based listing and reviews site for programs abroad, reveals that Vietnam is among the world's nine countries that pay the highest salaries for ESL (English as a Second Language) teachers. With data updated until May this year, the survey found that a foreign English teacher can earn from VND22.7 million to VND45.5 million ($1,000 to 2,000) a month in Vietnam, where the average annual income last year was $2,385. English is an obligatory subject from sixth grade across Vietnam and in large cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, many primary schools opt for English programs for students and demand high proficiency. Therefore, the ESL industry has been thriving in Vietnam in recent years, with jobs offering high salaries available all year round. Candidates only need to hold a bachelor’s degree and a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certificate; and previous experience in teaching is highly preferred. The report, based on ESL … [Read more...] about Foreigners cash in on teaching English in Vietnam
Minister of Education and Training Phung Xuan Nha has directed universities to make English the second language on campus. The notion of “a second language” is understood as being one that is used in daily life and absorbed by students without specific English lessons. It is different from a “foreign language”, which is considered a subject where there is little chance of students using it in daily life. In promoting English as a second language, students would be required to make all presentations and hold all discussions in English, while staff would speak English at all of their meetings. To improve English quality at universities Mr. Nha asked them to improve the application of technology in training and managing students, and accelerate education globalization and international links in promoting the use of English. He directed 61 universities, academies, and colleges under the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) to be pioneers in creating teaching … [Read more...] about English to be ‘second language’ in universities
Outstanding Vietnamese candidates are now able to participate in the 2015-2016 Fulbright distinguished awards in teaching program. This program brings Vietnamese teachers to the US for a semester and provides them with opportunities to study topics that are unique or particularly strong within the US school system. Successful candidates will also be able to directly observe and learn about the US education system. Selected candidates will be placed at a US university graduate school of education and will audit up to two classes, pursue a project, observe/team-teach/lead classes for US teachers and students in local primary and secondary schools, and engage in other teaching related activities. They will be provided a monthly stipend (which covers housing), accident and sickness coverage, airfare & travel support, tuition fees will be waived for the required coursework. According to a press release issued by the US Embassy Hanoi, the Fulbright program in Vietnam will coordinate … [Read more...] about 2015-2016 Fulbright distinguished awards in teaching program
The Australian International School Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City has recruited about 100 learners for its English Language Center since its opening in August, the center's director told reporters on Thursday. Ms. Emma Collins said, "Each student follows an exciting program designed by expert teachers at the appropriate level, across the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing." All classes are conducted by native English speaking teachers with internationally recognized university degrees, who have experience in teaching English as a second language, she said. The English center targets at children aged 8 to 15. It has so far granted almost 300 scholarships worth VND1 million each (about US$62.2) to pupils in Ho Chi Minh City and they will attend classes soon, according to her. As for the children, tuition for a 10-week course is US$165 for two classes per week or US$247 for three classes per week. That for a 20-week course is US$320 or US$477, respectively. … [Read more...] about Australian Int’l School Publicizes English Center