Thousands improve English skills (16-12-2008) HCM CITY — A joint programme between the HCM City’s Department of Education and Training (DoET) and the University of Cambridge to hold ESOL examinations has provided thousands of students with a chance to improve their English skills. Speaking at a function yesterday to celebrate the project’s second anniversary, Dr Huynh Cong Minh, director of the DoET, said this successful collaboration meant that gaining access to internationally recognised English language certification in the country had never been "so straightforward." Great opportunity Sean Hayde, assistant director at Cambridge ESOL, said: "This will be a great opportunity for us to report back on our successful work with the DoET. "Thanks to the initiative, we have helped improve the English language skills of thousands of students in HCM City." Thousands of students from 150 city-based primary and high schools have over the past two years benefited from a range … [Read more...] about Thousands improve English skills
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Ha Noi contest to promote English skills (24-09-2009) Ha Noi — An English language contest held by Apollo Education and Training Organisation and the Ha Noi Department of Education and Training, and sponsored by Nokia-Ovimail will be organised this month. The Olympic English Contest will run until December 6 over three testing rounds aimed at developing English language skills and knowledge, and social skills for high school students. The first round will take place on November 1. Students will be able to test themselves with 100 multiple-choice questions, and have the opportunity to develop their reading and writing skills. The top 300 students will continue through into the second round. Contestants will receive a free Nokia Ovimail mobile email account when registering for the contest. Apollo and Ovimail will send a daily clue and idiom to lend a helping hand in the multiple-choice Olympic test from October 1 to November 16 via your Ovimail account. The second round will take … [Read more...] about Ha Noi contest to promote English skills
VietNamNet Bridge – It’s very difficult for English teachers to meet the international standards, and it would be not easy for the Ministry of Education and Training to standardize the English teaching staff. Meanwhile, experts believe that meeting international standards should not be an imperative requirement. English teachers also have to learn English Hong Hanh, an English teacher of the Cat Linh Primary School in Hanoi, has been recognized as meeting the B2 standard after following the 3-month intensive training course organized by the Hanoi Education and Training Department (HETD). Hanh said she is one of the luckiest teachers who passed the English skill test. She attended a lot of training courses to improve the knowledge, including overseas ones. Therefore, Hanh had met B1 standard before going to the HETD’s training course. After the course, where she made a lot of exertion, Hanh and some other colleagues have met the B2 standard. An English … [Read more...] about English teachers necessarily need to meet international standards?
VietNamNet Bridge – The HCM City Education and Training Department has decided that from the 2013-2014 academic year, students’ English skills will be assessed in accordance with international standards. TOEFEL Primary/Junior and TOEFL iBT have been recognized as the tests for assessing the English skills of primary/secondary and high school students in the city. The department has also decided TOEIC will be the standards for assessing the ability of the students of universities, junior colleges and vocational schools. On September 20, the education department and IIG Vietnam, the only representative of the US ETS, signed a cooperation agreement on improving the foreign language and informatics skills for university and general school students in accordance with the international standards. Le Hong Son, Director of the HCM City Education and Training, said the department’s decision aims to provide one more assessment system, thus giving more choice to parents and … [Read more...] about HCM City to assess English skills with TOEFL
VietNamNet Bridge - The HCM City Education and Training Department has released a list of 43 high school teachers who did not participate in refresher courses as part of the project on upgrading English skills in 2011-2020. The training course aimed to offer practice of listening and speaking skills. high schools have been asked to create most favorable conditions for teachers to attend the training courses, while the training cost is paid by the city’s budget. An official of the department said many training courses have been organized to upgrade teachers’ English capability. However, many teachers refused to attend the classes. The Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) has decided that high school teachers have to have C1 level, while elementary school teachers need B1 and middle school educators B2. Meanwhile, a MOET test which used guidelines from the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages to check listening, speaking, reading and writing … [Read more...] about Teachers of English reluctant to take refresher English courses