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|15 pages

Vietnamese foreign language policy in higher education

A barometer to social changes
ByLam Thi Lan Huong, James Albright

chapter 2|12 pages

Globalisation and Vietnamese foreign language education

ByThi Thuy Le, Shen Chen

chapter 3|12 pages

Nation building and language in education policy

ByPhuong Anh Vu

chapter 4|14 pages

Current challenges in the teaching of tertiary English in Vietnam

ByTrinh Thi Thu Hien, Mai Thi Loan

chapter 5|14 pages

Vietnamese higher education language planning and university students’ career development

ByThuy Bui, Thi Thom Thom Nguyen, An Duc Nguyen

chapter 6|18 pages

Textbooks as cultural mediators

Exploring representations of culture in Vietnamese tertiary EFL textbooks
ByTrinh Thi Thu Hien

chapter 7|16 pages

General English for non-majors in higher education

ByLoan Thi Lam

chapter 8|17 pages

EFL speaking assessment in Vietnamese tertiary education

ByNam Lam

chapter 10|13 pages

Rural students’ motivation for learning English

Implications for transition to tertiary education
ByCuong Pham, Cynthia White

chapter 12|14 pages

Learner autonomy in tertiary English classes in Vietnam

ByNhung Bui

chapter 13|13 pages

Vietnamese EFL teacher training at universities

Review of the design and cultural aspect of the curriculum
ByMai Thi Quynh Lan, Pham Thi Thanh Thuy