Vietnam city to apply new English language testing system

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Another framework for testing English language proficiency will be applied to teachers and students in Ho Chi Minh City, where a system designed by the University of Cambridge currently holds a monopoly.

The city's Department of Education and Training on September 20 signed an agreement with IIG Vietnam Company, representative of the American-owned Educational Testing Service (ETS), on applying ETS tests.

The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), and the TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication) will be for K-12 and university students, and ELTeach for teachers of English.

Since 2010, tests for K-12 students' English language proficiency have been undertaken in accordance with the standards of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), said Nguyen Hoai Chuong, vice director of the education department.

The addition of ETS's tests will make frameworks for assessing the city's students and teachers' proficiency more diverse, he said.

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It was announced at the signing ceremony that the education department will also join hands with IIG Vietnam in launching an online English teaching program called English Discoveries Online.

The city's educational authorities also launched computer skills tests developed by the American-owned Certiport IC3 (Internet and Computing Core Certification), MOS (Microsoft Office Specialist), and ACA (Adobe Certified Associate).

The tests will be applied for students K-12 and in higher education institutions.

Chuong said Vietnam currently has no assessment framework for computer skills for students at elementary and secondary schools.

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