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 college lecturer in English slams the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) for suddenly checking local English teachers’ language command against a European framework, saying it is “unfair” and “arbitrary.” A college lecturer in English slams the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) for suddenly checking local English teachers’ language command against a European framework, saying it is “unfair” and “arbitrary.” MoET has been testing the English proficiency of Vietnamese teachers across the country since last year, using guidelines from the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages to assess their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. This is part of a US$480 million national project to improve Vietnam’s foreign language, primarily English, learning and teaching system. Under this project, MoET requires that high school teachers reach the European framework’s second-highest … [Read more...] about Lecturer pans ministry for testing English teachers
Talk Around Town Exposing children to English at a young age by Kieu Van To be good at English is becoming an obvious head-start for everybody in the current era of globalisation. So most parents have come to expect their children will be equipped with a solid English foundation that will be advantageous for future job-hunting. However, in the mushroom growth of English teaching centres for children in cities, parents themselves are asking questions about when and where their children can start studying foreign languages. They are worried that early learning will be an additional burden for children overloaded with official education programmes at such a tender age. Some scientific researches have proved the profit of learning another language in the infant stage, and say that parents should not waste this potential for their children. According to researchers, the more a child has early access to a foreign language, the more cognitive ability is developed; therefore, parents, in … [Read more...] about Exposing children to English at a young age
VietNamNet Bridge – Britain’s exit from the EU should make ASEAN members think about the ramifications of the free movement of skilled workers, a senior economist has said. Speaking at a seminar on Wednesday titled “Brexit and the ASEAN Economic Community from the Perspective of Integration”, Truong Dinh Tuyen, also a former industry and trade minister, said because of their different integration and decision making systems, the UK’s decision would not have any impact on ASEAN’s integration process but offers lessons for the future of connectivity. Highlighting the differences, he said the EU decides by a simple majority while ASEAN requires consensus and the EU is like a big nation but ASEAN is basically still 11 different nations. “What will the ASEAN Economic Community do next and what are the consequences of professional workers moving within the community?” He said there could be two consequences. The first is that if the working … [Read more...] about How does Brexit impact VN?
Vietnam aims to achieve in 7 years something that took Singapore three decades Hundreds of thousands of students sitting for their university entrance examinations this week would have been surprised to know that many of their teachers were sharing their acute anxiety. "I just feel extremely nervous," said Nguyen Duc Nghiem, a junior high school English teacher in Ho Chi Minh City. "The upcoming test is wearing me down," he told Vietweek. Nghiem is among some 86,000 English teachers across Vietnam who are taking European standard exams aimed at gauging if they are competent enough to churn out an English-savvy young workforce by 2020 as part of an ambitious government project. The tests for the teachers are being carried out gradually until 2015 and those who fail the screening can face dismissal. "I only wish we had more time to get prepared for such tough tasks," Nghiem said. The timeframe of the project has been severely criticized by independent experts, who doubt … [Read more...] about Pygmalion effect unlikely to propel Vietnam’s English upgrade plans