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March 19, 2015

Vietnam | Technology

Improving English Language Instruction with Innovative Solution

More Than 1,400 Teachers in Vietnam Develop Classroom English Language Proficiency Using National Geographic Learning’s ELTeach

Collaboration between Cengage Learning’s NGL and the National Foreign Languages 2020 Project provides innovative solution in ELT professional development

Boston, MA – February 24, 2015 – Demonstrating a shared commitment to providing quality professional development for teachers of the English language, National Geographic Learning (NGL), part of global education company Cengage Learning, and the National Foreign Languages 2020 (NFL2020) Project are working together to improve English language instruction in Vietnam. Using NGL’s ELTeach, an online, integrated professional development, assessment and certificate program developed in partnership with Educational Testing Service (ETS), more than 1,400 teachers and trainers in Vietnam have participated in professional development opportunities under the NFL2020 initiative. As a project by the Vietnamese government to build national foreign language capacity, NFL2020 provides initiatives to evaluate and improve English curriculum and English teacher education curriculum.

Through the collaboration, 600 teachers of English were selected from ten Departments of Education and Training (DoETs) across Vietnam to complete the ELTeach English-for-Teaching online course and assessment. Another 838 trainers also took part in a training of trainers (ToT) program using ELTeach, which included face-to-face training delivered by NGL to provide the skills necessary to train large groups of teachers moving forward. In September 2014, the participating teachers and trainers took the Test of English-for-Teaching (TEFT™) Assessment developed by ETS and received a score report and certificate from NGL and ETS upon completion.

“We are delighted to be collaborating with the NFL2020 Project to help Vietnam achieve its English language education goals,” said Dennis Hogan, executive director, National Geographic Learning. “Since its release in 2012, more than 10,000 teachers spanning 19 countries have successfully completed courses using ELTeach. These teachers, and the teachers and trainers in Vietnam, are joining a global community of leaders in English language teaching that are better equipped to teach English in English and are more confident in the use of educational technology. In fact, an interim efficacy report from the Vietnam collaboration notes that of those surveyed, 89% of teachers cited increased confidence in using English in the classroom and 98% of ToTs reported more confidence supporting and coaching teachers.”

"After this course, I have the energy and confidence to start a new school year and an eagerness to apply what I have learned from the ELTeach program,” said Ho Thi Phi Phuong, Bui Thi Xuan Upper Secondary School, Hue city. “I hope that in the coming years, the government could create more opportunities for English teachers to take part in professional development courses, like ELTeach, so that we will have chances to connect with native teachers, using updated teaching methods."

ELTeach is an online program supporting teachers of English through coursework and assessments in English-for-Teaching and Professional Knowledge for ELT. ELTeach is designed to ensure that teachers of English have the language and professional knowledge necessary to implement their national English curriculum successfully and confidently. It helps teachers to build professional confidence through learning and practicing language and concepts in the context of what they already know.

For more information on ELTeach, please visit elteach.com. To view other products from National Geographic Learning, visit ngl.cengage.com.

About Cengage Learning and National Geographic Learning

Cengage Learning is a leading educational content, technology, and services company for the higher education and K-12, professional and library markets worldwide. National Geographic Learning, part of Cengage Learning, is a provider of quality core and supplemental educational materials for the PreK‐12, adult education and ELT markets. Cengage Learning and National Geographic Learning distribute a variety of content from the National Geographic Society to the academic and library markets worldwide. www.cengage.com.

About ETS

At ETS, we advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS serves individuals, educational institutions and government agencies by providing customized solutions for teacher certification, English language learning, and elementary, secondary and postsecondary education, and by conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded as a nonprofit in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually — including the TOEFL® and TOEIC® tests, the GRE® tests and The Praxis Series® assessments — in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide. www.ets.org.

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January 15, 2014

Vietnam | Education

Vietnam: schools struggle to employ foreign teachers

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Many schools in Ho Chi Minh City are facing difficulties in employing foreign English teachers due to the obstacles of high payment, and a lack of teachers and textbooks.

Several schools are struggling to raise funding to pay USD2,000 per month to English teachers from the Philippines, while the number of recruited teachers is still much less than the demand.

According to a plan drafted by the HCM City municipal Department of Education and Training, there should have been around 100 English teachers from the Philippines teaching at local primary and secondary schools by the end of 2012. To date, they have only recruited 13 who are working and 26 who have agreed to work in early 2014.

Under the plan, the municipal government would subsidise half of the funding and the rest would be covered by contributions by school fees. However, due to the lack of funding, schools now are forced to mobilise all the funding from students’ parents in order to pay a monthly salaries of USD2,000 to Filipino teachers each.

In order to ensure payment for teachers, students are required to pay VND120,000 (USD5,67) per month. However, the mobilised funding is not enough due to the variable number of students at classes, forcing schools to offset costs through other sources.

Read the full article from Vietnam Net.

Photo: April Gravette R. Miralles, an English teacher from the Philippines. (Vietnam Net)

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September 04, 2013

Vietnam | Opinion

Why Asia needs white losers

teaching-english-in-vietnamVietnam's Thanh Nien News reports what it calls a "tongue-in-cheek look at 'racism' in hiring English teachers."

Last week this paper carried an article titled English teaching: Is White Right? The piece, written by Nazley Omar, made a pretty strong case that Vietnam uses racist hiring guidelines to recruit teachers.

I wholeheartedly disagree. It’s not that Vietnamese educators and parents are racist for overtly discriminating against Asian teachers. They just understand that their kids have a lot to learn from white losers.

In her piece Ms. Omar describes a Filipino teacher with a four-year degree in education, an English teaching certification, and a tough time finding a job. Meanwhile, she asserts that “any white person with a pulse and a degree” can net an English teaching job in Vietnam.

Hey. That’s just simply not true. It takes a bold, visionary type of white person to come over here and teach, especially those of us who have no background in education or formal training.

Read the full article from Thanh Nien News.

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July 11, 2013

Vietnam | Teacher Development

Pygmalion effect unlikely to propel Vietnam's English upgrade plans

English-Teaching-in-VietnamAn ambitious government project aimed at churning out an English-savvy young workforce by 2020 has failed to enthuse experts who doubt Vietnam will be able to accomplish in 7 years a task that took its better-off neighbors several decades.

THANH NIEN NEWS: Hundreds of thousands of students sitting for their university entrance examinations this week would have been surprised to know that many of their teachers were sharing their acute anxiety.

“I just feel extremely nervous,” said Nguyen Duc Nghiem, a junior high school English teacher in Ho Chi Minh City. “The upcoming test is wearing me down,” he told Vietweek.

Nghiem is among some 86,000 English teachers across Vietnam who are taking European standard exams aimed at gauging if they are competent enough to churn out an English-savvy young workforce by 2020 as part of an ambitious government project. The tests for the teachers are being carried out gradually until 2015 and those who fail the screening can face dismissal.

“I only wish we had more time to get prepared for such tough tasks,” Nghiem said.

The timeframe of the project has been severely criticized by independent experts, who doubt Vietnam will be able to accomplish a task that took its better-off neighbors several decades. Other things about the project do not add up as well, they say.

Read the full story from Thanh Nien News.

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June 26, 2013

Vietnam

Vietnam province investing in ELT

Teaching-English-in-VietnamVietnam's TuoiTreNews reports on regional investment in English language teacher training.

A central Vietnam province plans to spend over VND176 billion (US$8.4 million) on a project to improve the learning and teaching of English from now until 2020.

The People’s Committee of Binh Dinh Province has said that most of the funding will come from the state coffers and the remaining will be raised from other sources.

This year the province will allocate VND24 billion ($1.1 million) for assessing the English command of 510 teachers, improving the language proficiency of 270 instructors, enrolling 30 teachers for improvement courses to be organized by the central government, sending 5 teachers to English-speaking countries for further training, and supplying learning and teaching equipment to schools at all levels.

Previously Long An, a southern province, had earmarked VND437 billion ($20.8 million) for helping its K-12 students to be able to speak English after graduating from high school.

Read the full story from TuoiTreNews.

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June 13, 2013

Vietnam | Primary Level

Vietnam - Rising competition in primary English teaching

Teaching-English-in-VietnamThis article from VietnamBridge provides a snapshot of the private ELT school sector in Ho Chi Minh City. For reference, 1 million Vietnam Dong (VND) is approximately equal to $50.

Nguyen Hoai Chuong, deputy director of the HCMC Department of Education and Training, said that primary schools in the city have applied some programs of both local and foreign providers on a trial basis. They are still seeking most suitable programs for local pupils.

The most popular is the Cambridge’s English teaching program with monthly tuition at over VND3 million each pupil. However, this level is rather high compared to financial capability of most local households.

A survey of iSmart Education Joint Stock Company shows that only 1-4% of households in HCMC can afford to pay VND4-10 million a month for their children’s education.

These families usually send their children to high-quality international schools such as British International School, RISS and CIS with tuitions from VND20-40 million a month. Meanwhile, around 4-5% of households can spend from VND4.5 million to VND10.5 million per month and send their children to international bilingual schools with tuitions from VND3-20 million a month. Some 13% of families can spend VND2.2-4.5 million a month and the remaining pay VND2 million or less.

Given this situation, English teaching solution providers have stepped in, offering various programs such as Cambridge, i-Learn and Langmaster.

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May 17, 2013

Vietnam | Primary Level

Lacking money, teachers, English program goes at snail’s pace

Teaching-English-in-Japan"VietNamNet Bridge reports that in the 2012-2013 academic year, only 20 percent of first graders in Hi Chi Minh City could learn English in accordance with the 2020 national foreign language teaching program.

To date, the national program still cannot be implemented in the districts of Binh Tan, Phu Nhuan and district 6.

Le Ngoc Diep, Head of the Primary Education Division of the HCM City Education and Training Department, said the city hopes to raise the proportion to 50 percent in the 2013-3014 academic year, but admitted that the program is facing too many difficulties.

If the difficulties cannot be settled, the city’s targeted plan of having 100 percent of primary school students accessing to the English teaching programs -- either the intensive learning program and national program, would fail.

Read the full story from VietNamNet Bridge.

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