Sociocultural factors in the success of Vietnamese English learners
This research paper analyzes the current English learning and teaching situation in Vietnam through collated data from both primary and secondary sources. The primary sources were taken from the survey entitled, “Factors influencing Vietnamese learners’ success in learning English” (see Appendix A). The survey asked participants to describe their demographics and opinions about teaching and learning English in Vietnam. The participants consisted of the author’s living and teaching network, which was comprised of 31.8% acquaintances and 68.2% students at the Premier Language School. The secondary sources were compiled from scholarly articles, news, books, and online sources. These sources provide a broad scope when looking into the country’s identified issues concerning English learning and teaching.
Keywords: vietnamese english learners, factors influencing vietnamese learners, english learning and teaching, sociocultural factors
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Reading as a basis of vocabulary growth: Application to an EFL setting
This paper will explore the critical roles of vocabulary development and teaching reading as a basis of vocabulary growth in an advanced English as a Foreign Language (EFL) classroom. An application is promoted from the discussion, which identifies the interrelation between reading and vocabulary growth (Krashen, 1989; Horst, Cobb, Cobb, & Meara, 1998; Waring &Nation, 2004; Hunt & Beglar; 2005). The quality of a reading text and the learners’ interests are considerations that must be taken into account for improved vocabulary instruction.
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