... while Vietnam aims high
Created: Friday, 01 January 2016 11:31
Mall Salusbury reports on an ambitious plan to boost language learning
Vietnam’s National Foreign Languages 2020 project has set the nation an ambitious task – to have ‘the majority of youths able to use a foreign language proficiently by 2020’. In practice the vast majority of foreign language classes in the Socialist Republic’s schools are and will continue to be English.
Dr Vu Thi Tu Anh, director of the General Education Department at the ministry of education, gave an update on the Languages 2020 policy at a conference in Seoul attended by the Gazette in October. Like many South East Asian nations’ current initiatives aimed at drastically improving their English proficiency, Languages 2020 has the Asean economic community – the single market established in 2015 within a trading bloc of Asean trading nations – in mind.
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Why it’s great up north
Created: Friday, 01 January 2016 11:09
Melanie Butler explains why the north of England is no longer a region where overseas students need to be persuaded to opt for
BRIDGING THE GAP Newcastle is one of a number of northern cities that are becoming more popular with foreign students (Courtesy International House Newcastle)
The ‘Northern Powerhouse’ has already arrived on the UK’s English language scene. Britain’s finance minister, or Chancellor of the Exchequer as we so quaintly call him, has plans for a powerhouse, a new industrial and scientific hub, to be created in the north of England, linking the cities which were the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution: Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield and Newcastle. All five cities have seen an increase in their provision of British-Council-accredited language centres over the last ten years.
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