English as the second language in Vietnam

Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Manh Hung recently set an ambitious goal of making English the second language at universities across Vietnam at the 2018 Vietnam Start-up Youth Forum.

The first Vietnamese Young Intellectual Forum (VYI Forum 2018) and the 2018 Vietnam Start-up Youth Forum was recently held in the central city of Da Nang from November 27-29. Speaking at the event, Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Manh Hung recently set an ambitious goal of making English the second language at universities across Vietnam at the 2018 Vietnam Start-up Youth Forum.

Dr. Le Truong Tung- President of FPT University.

In addition, Dr. Le Truong Tung – President of FPT University also highlighted that limited English proficiency is a major barrier to integration, access to information, technology transfer, economic and social development.

Minister of Education and Training Phung Xuan Nha had said earlier that the ministry has created a roadmap to achieve the goal starting this academic year, and urged universities to improve their English teaching methods.

He asked universities to apply the latest technologies in teaching English, teach students about the importance of globalisation and expand international links to promote the use of the language.

He said students would be required to make all presentations and hold all discussions in English, while the staff would speak English at their meetings.

The ministry has given specific instructions to the 61 universities and academies it runs to take the initiative to draw up teaching standards that match ASEAN standards.

They would then be published to solicit public opinion before the ministry tweaks its education and training plans, he said.

Other universities needed to review and report the challenges they face in making English the second language and suggest solutions, he said.

The ministry said it would assist pedagogy universities in training capable English teachers through new programmes that focus on training in remote areas like the north-western, Central Highlands and south-western regions.

Nha said it would also improve the curriculum, materials, textbooks and testing.

Understanding the importance of English, success at FPT University begins with a strong comprehension of the English language. Because rigorous courses are taught in English and move at a fast pace, fluency in the language is necessary for understanding concepts and expressing yourself effectively.

“Learn hard, Play hard is a philosophy of FPT University students,” Thai shared. In the first years, students who could not reach IELTS score of 6.0 or TOEFL iBT of 80 must attend a preparatory English course. Depending on the students’ ability, the learning course can last from 2 months to a year. At the end of the program, many students choose to participate in abroad short-term student exchanges to improve language skills in an international environment with the same cost as studying in Vietnam.