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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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 - General Secretary of the Vietnam Linguistics Association Pham Van Tinh says language disorders are a product of modern society. Children may suffer if they are forced to learn foreign languages too early and follow the wrong methods. General Secretary of the Vietnam Linguistics Association Pham Van Tinh Experts believe that an early age is the best time for kids to start learning a foreign language. However, opinions vary about what ‘early age’ means. In Vietnam, some urban parents believe that their children should be studying English at the age of two or three, while others fear learning a foreign language at an early age increase the risk of language disorders among children. The critical age for children to use English is 5-6, when they obtain basic vocabulary. At this age, children can learn a second language quickly. The critical age for children to use English is 5-6, when they obtain basic vocabulary. At this age, children can learn a … [Read more...] about Language disorders: product of modern society?
The London-based bank’s Expat Explorer Survey report was cited by U.S. news site Business Insider. The survey, released last Thursday, interviewed around 25,000 expatriates from more than 100 countries and territories between March and April this year about their financial situation, and whether their disposable income was sufficient to cover their expenses. According to the survey, expatriates in Vietnam earned $90,408 annually on average, which is around 40 times higher than the per capita income of Vietnam at $2,385 last year. Meanwhile, with the cost of living in Vietnam for expatriates ranging from $700 to $1,400 per month, the country is among the affordable places for foreigners to settle down, according to a report by global cost of living database compiler Numbeo. Asian countries made up seven of the top 10 countries with highest expat incomes. These include China, Singapore, India, Indonesia, Japan and the United Arab Emirates. The top spot went to Switzerland, … [Read more...] about Vietnam 16th top country for expat earnings: HSBC survey
A survey done by Go Overseas, a U.S.-based listing and reviews site for programs abroad, reveals that Vietnam is among the world's nine countries that pay the highest salaries for ESL (English as a Second Language) teachers. With data updated until May this year, the survey found that a foreign English teacher can earn from VND22.7 million to VND45.5 million ($1,000 to 2,000) a month in Vietnam, where the average annual income last year was $2,385. English is an obligatory subject from sixth grade across Vietnam and in large cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, many primary schools opt for English programs for students and demand high proficiency. Therefore, the ESL industry has been thriving in Vietnam in recent years, with jobs offering high salaries available all year round. Candidates only need to hold a bachelor’s degree and a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certificate; and previous experience in teaching is highly preferred. The report, based on ESL … [Read more...] about Foreigners cash in on teaching English in Vietnam