As part of a long series of Vietnam’s policy objectives, English education has been identified as key to improving the quality of its rapidly expanding tertiary institutions and is crucial to the larger aim of modernising and internationalising its economy. Bringing together a wide range of Vietnamese and foreign English education scholars, and tertiary educational practitioners, this book documents the significant progress and challenges in the realisation of Vietnam’s English language policies as they are enacted in the higher education sector. Changes to Vietnam’s higher education system remain unstable, unsystematic, and insubstantial. This book provides insights into how recent Vietnamese government policy is providing for a substantial and comprehensive renewal of Vietnam’s tertiary education as part of their 2020 plan. Academics and students of English education, language policy, and nation building within the context of increased globalisation and marketisation in developing nations and Vietnam, in particular, should find this book valuable.
Chapter 1: Vietnamese Foreign Language Policy in Higher Education: a Barometer to Social Changes (Lam Thi Lan Huong and James Albright)
Chapter 2: Globalisation and Vietnamese foreign language education (Thi Thuy Le and Shen Chen)
Chapter 3: Nation Building and Language-in Education Policy (Phuong Anh Vu)
Chapter 4: Current Challenges in the Teaching of Tertiary English in Vietnam (Trinh Thi Thu Hien and Mai Thi Loan)
Chapter 5: Vietnamese higher education language planning and university students’ career development (Thuy Bui, Thi Thom Thom Nguyen and An Duc Nguyen)
Chapter 6: Textbooks as Cultural Mediators: Exploring Representations of Culture in Vietnamese tertiary EFL Textbooks (Trinh Thi Thu Hien)
Chapter 7: General English for Non-majors in Higher Education (Loan Thi Lam)
Chapter 8: EFL Speaking Assessment in Vietnamese Tertiary Education (Nam Lam)
Chapter 9: Business students’ perspectives on the use of English medium instruction in Vietnamese universities (Le Thi Thuy Nhung)
Chapter 10: Rural Students’ Motivation for Learning English: Implications for Transition to Tertiary Education (Cuong Pham and Cynthia White)
Chapter 11: Examining the motivation and achievement of Vietnamese university students as they undertake English classes (Truong Cong Bang and Jennifer Archer)
Chapter 12: Learner autonomy in tertiary English classes in Vietnam (Nhung Bui)
Chapter 13: Vietnamese EFL teacher training at universities: Review of the design and cultural aspect of the curriculum (Mai Thi Quynh Lan and Pham Thi Thanh Thuy)
In Asia, schooling, teaching and learning are undergoing major changes as a consequence of wider economic, social, cultural and political movements. The success of some Asian countries in international education benchmarks has redirected attention to the region. This is counterbalanced by other countries that are struggling to educate their citizens in the midst of political instability, ideological and religious tensions, poverty and natural disasters. In spite of such broad differences across countries in Asia, pioneering and innovative research is being conducted that is of increasing interest to researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and governments worldwide.
The Routledge Critical Studies in Asian Education book series will examine key theoretical and empirical research on the changing institutional and cultural contexts of Asian education. The series aims to establish a strong platform for the critical discussion of educational practices and pedagogies in Asia, and is open to Asian and international researchers with a focus on the region. Interdisciplinary research is welcomed, including education, social sciences, psychology, organisational studies, economics, history, political science, cultural studies, and language and literacy.