Participants are seated in groups so everyone gets a chance to talk (Photo: VOV) The project’s cafes involve no registration, no attendance sheet, and of course, no homework, but still try to help students improve their English conversation skills. The “No name” café, which is part of the “Talks Café 100% English” project, is hidden in a small alley along Pham Van Thuan street in Bien Hoa, Dong Nai province. Like the other cafés in the project, “No name” is an ordinary coffee shop during the day, but turns into an English class at night. The participants are diverse in age, gender, and job, but all have to follow one basic rule: “No Vietnamese maybe spoken in class”. Through activities led by a qualified instructor, participants learn to make small talk and work effectively in teams while improving their pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary. By creating a friendly environment where people can … [Read more...] about Talks Café, a learning English start-up project by Dinh Minh Quyen
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?
VietNamNet Bridge - The shortage of teachers of English in Vietnam has become so serious that some language centres are employing native English speakers without qualifications. There's a high demand for learning English in Vietnam News reports of foreign travelers who work as English teachers in Vietnam to earn money for their tours have recently appeared in foreign newspapers. Most recently, ABC News reported that Australian travelers teach English overseas, including China and Vietnam, without necessary qualifications. The “native English teachers” have different nationalities, but they are all considered “westerners” because they have white faces and are hired by foreign language centers. The wages they receive in Vietnam are high enough for them to fund their trips throughout Vietnam. The “native English teachers” have different nationalities, but they are all considered “westerners” because they have white faces and are hired … [Read more...] about Vietnam faces shortage of native English-speaking teachers
The Ministry of Education and Training held an international workshop to improve English teaching quality in Vietnam on December 8. Ministry of Education and Training gathers opinions to improve English teaching at a meeting on December 8 Many proposals have been made from representatives from the British Council, IIG Vietnam, EMG and Apollo to improve the training courses and examinations. According to Cao Phuong Ha, director of Education First in Vietnam, in the past recent years, Vietnam's English proficiency index (EPI) of 7th in Asia has underlined the huge improvement in English teaching in Vietnam since 2011. The experts agreed that teachers play an important role in the system and it is necessary to have enough skilled teachers. The curriculum must be revised to be more interesting. There are also many proposals to set up and invest in an independent testing centre with skilled examiners from the ETS, British Council and Cambridge International Examinations. Minister … [Read more...] about Ministry gathers opinions to improve English teaching
An inspection by Nghe An Provincial People's Council has showed various problems in the operation of foreign languages teaching centres in the area. An English centre in Vinh City in Nghe An Province According to the inspection team, there are 76 training facilities in the central province with 616 teachers and 78,768 students who are mostly teaching and learning English. However, many facilities are operating without licenses or expired licenses like the Scots English Australia, Happy Kids DT, and Kids Today, the inspection report said. Besides some training centres do not have proper classrooms and teaching and learning equipment. Local homes, warehouses, libraries are being transformed into temporary classrooms which lack of proper teaching equipment and do not ensure fire safety. The inspection also revealed lax management from local education authorities in monitoring the operation of foreign languages teaching centres in the area. The provincial Department of … [Read more...] about English training centres poorly managed in Nghe An