4 Reasons Why Learning English is a Problem for Students in Vietnam
The important of English Education is a must especially it is an International recognize language. But not all countries have a benefit or luxuries to learn as others did. Some Asian countries like Vietnam though students start to begin their English education very early at school, yet they find themselves helpless when it comes to speaking English.
This post was written by our TEFL certification graduate Rosemarie B. Please note that this blog post might not necessarily represent the beliefs or opinions of ITTT.
These are some problems of learners in Vietnam.
1. Overload students in one class
The evaluation of students through the ability to pronounce/communicate is much more difficult when the classroom is too large. Also, with the thin resources of qualified teachers to assess the pronunciation/communication ability of the students makes the problem even more difficult.
The English teachers will have a harder time to manage the classroom if the number of students is too big. In teaching English, the teachers should pay attention to every student to help them in becoming a good English speaker. However, this seems to be a big challenge if the number of students in one classroom is thirty or more.
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2. Students lack the confidence to use the English language
Many Vietnamese learners face the common problem that although they spent six or seven years studying English at school, they can’t pronounce and English sentence correctly, and they are not confident enough to communicate in the English language. Though they understand English grammar very well and even score high marks in examinations, their communication skills are very poor and they are often too shy to even attempt to strike up a conversation.
Vietnamese learners should not think too much about how they will sound and should not be afraid of making a mistake. To participate in English speaking clubs and a group of foreign nations that only English is the way of communication is an effective way to practice listening and speaking.
3. Vietnam quality of English teachers
English teachers in Vietnam are lacking in quality and quantity. This makes program innovation much more difficult for the Vietnamese training system. Even if the educational program changes in the direction of pronunciation/communication instead of just grammar alone, the small part of teachers is not qualified and brave enough to accurately assess students.
4. Vietnam English Education System
Vietnamese Students are often taught English by Vietnamese teachers. Vietnamese teachers teach Vietnamese English. Vietnamese English by a Vietnamese mouth. Once a person speaks a language in the wrong way over a long period, he or she will always speak it wrong, it becomes a habit, a nasty habit, like smoking or drinking.
English Education in Vietnam relies heavily on learning grammar and doesn’t spend enough time focusing on the four basic skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Given this, the Education system had left Vietnam behind in terms of infrastructure, working manner, disciple and curricula.
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In conclusion, English education in Vietnam must change. The first change, though, must be in the inside the system and English teachers itself. If they pronounce correctly, communicate well, they can train students and students to pronounce well and communicate. To this, it is necessary to be more rigorous about the standard of English teachers at least a TESOL Certified or within 90 TOEFL / 7.0 IELTS along with the necessary road map and support from the school and the Ministry of Education.
On the other hand, students also must not only rely on school and teachers for their learner process. It is very important that in day to day basis they need to practice the English language to boost their confidence and along the way adjustment and improvements will follow.
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