The Hanoitimes - Vietnam is in the process of deepening international integration, the teaching of foreign languages is paid special attention to and the learners’ choice of language is well respected. Hanoi tightens control over foreign language centers Vietnam builds IT and foreign language center Making breakthroughs in studying foreign language Foreign language not considered to included in high school entrance exam First national Vietnamese language exam held in Japan The National Assembly (NA) on Friday gave passage to the amended Law on Education, but the proposal for English to become the second official language in Vietnam was not included. An English class in Vietnam. Photo: Internet The drafter argued that the 2013 Constitution stipulates the national language is Vietnamese and citizens have the right to use their native languages and select their communication languages, while there is no regulation on the second language. Besides, in … [Read more...] about English rejected to be second official language in Vietnam
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English as an official language in Vietnam: would it work? Opinion is not divided on the desirability of learning English, but making it an official language is easier said than done. Vietnam write history, win AFF championship Entire nation is going to have a sleepless night as Vietnam won the AFF cup after an excellent return game against Malaysia.. Anti-abortion campaign slammed as sexist, moralist in Vietnam The tenor and content of an anti-abortion campaign launched by two men has been slammed as sexist, clueless and patriarchal. Vietjet CEO becomes first Vietnamese Bloomberg game changer Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao is in Bloomberg’s list of 50 people who’ve been business game changers in 2018. Number of Chinese buying high-end Saigon apartments skyrockets Attractive prices and returns have seen the number of Chinese customers buying high-end apartments in HCMC soar this year. Quang Binh, the land of caves, has so much more The magnificent cave … [Read more...] about Weekly roundup: English language debate, football marvel, upbeat consumers and more
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?
Many experts have raised concerns about the quality of language centres in Vietnam. Nguyen Tien Dung, chairman of Langmaster English Centre, issued a public apology The Ministry of Education and Training has issued Circular 31 about operational regulations of computer and language centres to replace Circular 3 issued in 2011. Provincial authorities are responsible for directing departments of education and training to work with localities to inspect the centres. The departments must publicise the list of all active computer and language centres in the area including commitments about quality, their establishment dates and locations for public monitoring. Nguyen Lam Giang, regional manager in Southeast Asia of Waikato University from New Zealand, said mostly small and unlicensed language centres were substandard. Giang also said that the authorities often asked the centres to submit their teacher list before issuing licenses. But in reality, many there is a high turnover of … [Read more...] about Concerns over low-quality language centres raised
Global Champions 2018, the most unique interactive English contest in Vietnam, will help students aged 10 to 15 to develop their English language and 21st century skills. Global Champions 2018 will welcome competitors in Ho Chi Minh City on November 25 and in Hanoi on December 2 The contest, which is organised by Golden Path Academics Vietnam Joint Stock Company (GPA JSC) and strategic partners, aims to help students improve their language skills, global competence, and mindset. The contest also encourages students to explore themselves and foreign cultures. In addition, students who love English can develop the eight golden skills of the 21st century, including creativity, critical thinking, eloquence, personal talent, technology, living skills, teamwork spirit, and leadership through attractive and extremely exciting activities. According to Dao Thu Hien, the founder of GPA JSC, this English contest through athletic, interactive games will be organised … [Read more...] about Global Champions 2018 opens for young English language learners