HCMC asks native English teachers to put away audiovisual equipment

By Minh Nga September 16, 2017 | 02:13 PT

The city said primary school students should have more opportunities to speak English directly with their teachers.

Ho Chi Minh City has released a list of regulations on teaching English in primary schools, as many schools in the city offer English lessons taught by native speakers.

As requested by the city administration, native English teachers should speak with their students instead of using audio-visual equipment such as a tape, CD player or interactive whiteboard in order to give students more opportunities to practice English.

For the same purpose, Vietnamese teaching assistants also need to speak with students in English.

Meanwhile, English nicknames are not allowed as regulations specifically state that native teachers must call students by their Vietnamese names.

Schools that hire native teachers for English lessons must use private investment to pay their salaries and seek agreements with parents before offering these lessons to students.

In addition, these schools must treat indigenous teachers as their official employees by letting them participate in school activities and meetings.

English is a compulsory subject starting in secondary school across Vietnam, but in major cities, many primary schools require high skills.

With jobs available all year round offering high salaries, Vietnam was ranked the second best place in the world to teach English earlier this year by TEFL Exchangea community for teachers of English as a foreign language.

The site estimates that a foreign English teacher can earn between $1,200 and $2,200 a month in Vietnam, where the average annual income in 2016 was just $2,200.

They can find a job at any time of the year and the best places to do so are the country’s three largest cities: Hanoi, HCMC and Da Nang.

Applicants only need to have a bachelor’s degree and a TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language) certificate.