English teaching standards in Saigon
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Jul 24, 2012 10:13 AM Last Post By: Roadking95
Jul 19, 2012 5:18 PM
English teaching standards in SaigonFrom Saigon Times Weekly, 21 July 2012
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) "has decided to employ 100 native English teachers for teaching Enlglish at the city's schools in the new academic year 2012-3013. Between now and 2020 the city plans to employ at least one native English teacher at a school. A survey by the city shows 97% of teachers of English at secondary and 93% at elementary schools in the city do not meet standards."
With up to several thousand pupils in large schools, just imagine how impossibly overloaded these native speakers will be. Previously foreigners were not actually allowed teach, but rather were employed simply as speech models.
Jul 20, 2012 1:15 AM
1I was an examiner for a similar survey conducted in Hue with similar results.
Finding 100 (or 1,000 might be nearer the mark) native English speaking teachers for Sai Gon will produce little change unless the context changes dramatically. The Vietnamese are very pragmatic people and study only what is needed to pass the many exams that occur as they pass from primary to secondary to high schools and then to university. The English exams are multiple choice tests of grammar and vocabulary items with little test of writing or reading skills and no tests of speaking and listening abilities. What is concentrated on in schools is what will get a good mark in the multiple choice exams and until this is changed there is no incentive for students to broaden their language skills. Quite the reverse in fact.
But they sure know how to teach and learn English grammar. I have to wonder where they might find 100 native speaking teachers with the necessary knowledge to teach grammar to current standards. It takes more than enthusiasm and native speaking language experience to teach English here.
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Jul 24, 2012 8:05 AM
8Ah yes, Roadking, never doubt the Chinese. You see, their plan is quite simple. Wait until the world has completely handed over their factories and power and then bam! order their own people to stop learning English (as there'll be no need for it) and stick the rest of the world into a horrible predictament: learn Chinese or take back all your factories. Well, we know that won't happen because then all the CEOs' incomes would drop dramatically and the world would enter into an even worse financial situation than its in now, etc. Nah, easier to learn a new language. That's their plan - I guarantee it! ;)
Jul 24, 2012 10:13 AM
9Interesting thoughts,have you stopped to consider that the Chinese have limited resources and therefore must buy from countries that actually use English to trade.I just cant see what you have said coming true, there are just too many variants for this to be possible.But I could be proved wrong, so its a wait and see.
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