English Proficiency in Viet Nam: Giving Credit Where Credit’s Due

An article entitled What is the real English profiency level of Vietnamese? (yes, the word "proficiency" was misspelled) recently graced the Internet in Viet Nam with this description:  While an education organization has ranked Vietnam in the seventh position among 21 Asian countries in proficiency of English, some experts call the result ‘flashy’, saying it does not … Continue reading English Proficiency in Viet Nam: Giving Credit Where Credit’s Due

English to be second language in Vietnam HE (The PIE News)

Educational institutions in Vietnam have been directed to implement English as a second language on campus, it has been announced, which could increase student mobility and international collaborations with the country. I was recently interviewed by The PIE News, an industry newsletter for professionals in international education, about a new initiative in Viet Nam involving the use … Continue reading English to be second language in Vietnam HE (The PIE News)

Peace Corps Coming to Vietnam for First Time

I'm very happy to see this development.  It's yet another indication that Viet Nam is coming of age as a full-fledged member of the global community of nations because it reflects the government's confidence in itself and its country. In the past, the Peace Corps was viewed with official suspicion.  (This is not without cause, … Continue reading Peace Corps Coming to Vietnam for First Time

Vietnam Ranks 29th in Annual EF English Proficiency Index & 5th in Asia

Here's some more good news for Vietnam and colleagues from English-speaking countries who recruit here at the secondary and postsecondary levels.  According to the results of the EF (Education First) Proficiency Index, which profiles 70 countries, including 15 in Asia, Vietnam ranks 29th with "moderate proficiency" in English.  Last year, it ranked 33rd out of … Continue reading Vietnam Ranks 29th in Annual EF English Proficiency Index & 5th in Asia

Gifted high schools to teach more English

High schools for the gifted will soon begin teaching some of their classes fully in English to have at least 50 percent of their graduates achieve average English language skills according to European standards. The target is expected to be hit by 2015, according to a new plan by the Ministry of Education and Training. … Continue reading Gifted high schools to teach more English