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English teachers short on training

Released at: 14:57, 20/07/2015

English teachers short on training

Survey finds English teachers in Vietnam not as qualified as in some countries in Asia.

by Doanh Doanh

According to a survey conducted by the Vietnam-based Regional Training Centre of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation (SEAMEO RETRAC), English teachers at universities and colleges in Vietnam generally hold the same qualifications as those in Cambodia and Thailand, with Bachelor’s or Master’s Degrees.

But according to Ms Do Thi Hoai Thu, Dean of the Education Division at SEAMEO RETRAC, they are less qualified than teachers in Japan and Taiwan, many of whom have Master’s or PhDs.

From late 2014 to May 2015, 290 English teachers, principals, and deputy principals of primary and secondary schools were surveyed, as well as lecturers, rectors, and deputy rectors at universities’ English departments in four countries and one territory

The survey showed that most English teachers at primary and secondary schools in Vietnam either had a teaching certificate from a foreign language teaching center or a Bachelor’s or Master’s.

Teachers at the same level in Cambodia and Japan had either a teaching certificate or a degree from a college or university, according to the SEAMEO survey.

Most Taiwanese and Thai primary and secondary school English-language teachers held a Bachelor’s or Master’s from colleges and universities, the survey found.

The SEAMEO survey showed that the average age students start learning English in Vietnam was nine years old - earlier than in Japan but later than in Cambodia, Thailand and Taiwan.

Mr. Nguyen Lan Trung, a representative of the Management Board of the 2020 National Foreign Language Project, said the Ministry of Education and Training had made careful preparations for foreign language training.

Under the ASEAN Economic Community Vietnam's labor market will be open to all highly-qualified human resources from other countries in Southeast Asia. “One of the biggest challenges facing our labor force is the ability to communicate in foreign languages,” Mr. Trung told local media.

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