"The CEFR in Vietnam: From Adoption to Adaptation"

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 6:15pm to 8:00pm
Event Speaker: 
Ms. Hà Phạm Việt
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The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) was officially adopted as the national framework of reference for foreign language education in Vietnam in 2008 under Decision 1400/QĐ-TTG. This leads to the development of Vietnamese Competency Framework for English Language Teachers, major changes in national entry and exit requirements for English language competency at all education levels, curriculum, textbooks and criteria for recognition of national and international English proficiency tests.

The presentation, as an independent language policy review, discusses the efforts to adopt the CEFR and its underlying approaches in Vietnam between 2008 and 2015, its initial impacts on EL learning, teaching and assessment, challenges faced by the systems and its on-going process of adapting the CEFR into a localized version which can both reflects the Vietnamese context and international standards of English language teaching. The author also makes a number of recommendations on factors to be considered for the successful use of the CEFR in contexts similar to Vietnam.

Ms. Pham has a M.A. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Melbourne (2000) and a B.A. in Mandarin Chinese and English from the University of Social Science and Humanity (1996). She is currently the Director of Studies for Oxford English Academy Vietnam. Since 2011, she, as an independent consultant for National Project of Foreign Languages 2020 (Ministry of Education and Training), has participated in a number of reforms in foreign language policies including strategies in foreign language teaching and assessment for the schooling system, the production of teacher training TV series on effective classroom assessment and the application of CEFR in Vietnam.