VietNamNet Bridge – Native English teachers speak too fast that students cannot understand them, or teachers make “strange gestures” as snipping cheeks and touching the bodies of students are the things that occurred at many schools. Learning English with native English teachers has become in fashion. Therefore, foreign language centers have been trying to hire English teachers in order to attract more learners and compete with other centers. However, a lot of schools reportedly “tasted the bitterness” because they could not find the suitable teachers and had to sack the teachers before the contracts expired, for which they had to pay big sums of money for compensation. More harm than good In the 2009-2010 academic year, M Primary School in district 5 of HCM City hired a foreign teacher for its English classes. A contract was signed under which the teachers would get the pay of 95 dollars for three periods of teaching (45 minutes per period). The … [Read more...] about It’s difficult to find English teachers ‘cause of cultural differences
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VietNamNet Bridge – The English teachers, who did not obtain the required marks in the tests, are considered substandard teachers. They now feel anxious and the inferiority complex when standing before the students. In late 2011, the HCM City Education and Training Department asked 700 primary school English teachers to attend a test to find out their English skills. More than 1000 secondary and high school teachers in some districts attend the exam for First Certificate in English (FCE) of Cambridge ESOL. Secondary school teachers need to meet the B2 grade (60-74 marks), while high school teachers need to meet the C1 grade (75-89 marks) to meet the standards. An English teacher in district 5, a substandard teacher, said that she is now under a hard pressure. “I will have to attend training courses to improve my grades, which will cause disturbance to the work and life,” she said. “The testing fee is really high, about 40 dollars, and the training cost … [Read more...] about Tests terrify English teachers
VietNamNet Bridge – Local authorities are programming refresher courses to help improve English teachers’ capability after they found out that most of them cannot meet the required standards. English teachers fall over because of European standards Van Cong Sang, a senior official of the HCM City Education and Training Department, said the tests have pointed out the weak points of the teachers. The city would organize English training courses for teachers commencing from mid- June 2012. Summer months would be the suitable time for the training courses, because the teachers would be able to arrange their time to follow the courses. Also according to Sang, every teacher would attend 75-150 lesson hours, depending on their ability. Meanwhile, in the recruitment plan for the 2012-2013 academic year, the HCM City Education and Training Department would release a notice prioritizing to employ the candidates who can meet international standards.Restructuring teaching … [Read more...] about English teachers forced to learn intensively to meet European standards
VietNamNet Bridge – Educators say they cannot understand why the HCM City authorities do not think of recruiting English teachers from the UK, US or Australia, but have decided to employ Filipino teachers. The Hoang Hoa Tham High School in HCM City has been employing an English teacher from the US for the last many years. The teacher gives 16 teaching periods a week at the school and receives 20 dollars for a 45-minute period. Nguyen Dinh Thinh, Headmaster of the school, said that it would better for students to learn English with native speakers, so that they can speak English fluently and have good English pronunciation. Many other schools in HCM City also recruit foreign English teachers, a part of the program on renovating the current teaching and learning English method which is believed ineffective. Filipino teachers a good choice? The HCM City authorities have decided that from the 2012-2013 academic year, foreign teachers would be recruited in a large scale … [Read more...] about The English teachers for the poor?
VietNamNet Bridge – Educators believe that the best solution to help improve the qualifications of English teachers is to renovate the way English is taught and learned at schools. English teachers not qualified enough, why? The majority of the working English teachers have been found as unable to meet the international standards. This has raised a worry that the national English teaching program may fail completely. However, analysts commented that the bad qualifications of English teachers are not a surprise at all. The English teachers are the “products” of the unreasonable English teaching mechanism. Nguyen The Quyet, Headmaster of Tran Cao Van Primary School in Da Nang City, said that students at foreign language schools can only practice reading and writing, therefore, it is understandable why they are bad at listening and speaking. Quyet, when citing a series of reasons to … [Read more...] about English teachers should not be blamed for their substandard skills