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December 03, 2013

Universities strive for “Vietnamese int'l standards” in ELT

Nearly all universities in Vietnam pledge international standards (TOEIC, IELTS, etc) for their graduates’ English skills. But how those “international standards” are measured is not so clear cut.

The HCM City Economics University is one of a few schools which require their students to submit international English certificates when finishing the school. Since 2009, the school decided that all the school’s graduates must have TOEIC 450-550 certificates.

According to Nguyen Van Duong, Deputy Head of the Training Division, students can study English at the school to obtain 8-12 credits. Later, they have to show TOEIC certificates with the required marks, or equivalent English certificates to be able to graduate the school.

“The school does not come forward and organize exams for students. We only request students to submit English certificates to ensure the objectiveness and the quality,” Duong explained.

Nevertheless, the HCM City Economics University is just one of very few schools which strive for objectiveness. Other schools organize English exams and recognize the “international standards” themselves. This means that the international standards of students are not recognized by international organizations, but by Vietnamese schools.

The HCM City Agriculture and Forestry University in 2008 set a requirement that graduates must have the English skill equal to B1 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFREL).

Read the full article from Vietnamnet Bridge.

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