ERIC Number: EJ1107328
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
English as a Symbol of Internationalization in Higher Education: A Case Study of Vietnam
Duong, Van Anh; Chua, Catherine S. K.
Higher Education Research and Development, v35 n4 p669-683 2016
Vietnam universities have experienced remarkable changes brought about by their internationalization policies. The switch to English as a medium of instruction (EMI) for some academic programs was one of these critical changes. Literature has reported numerous issues related to EMI, including inadequate language proficiency of teaching staff. This paper looks at a qualitative research study on how a government university from Vietnam employs different strategies to enhance teachers' English proficiency. The study reveals that the introduction of new supporting systems, assessment bodies, recruitment criteria and institutional strategies on training, monitoring and motivation have created cultural change within the teacher community. This cultural change, which includes elements such as self-directed learning, peer learning, professionalism, and "open-to-change" attitudes, has been perceived by both leaders and teachers to be conducive to teachers' language learning. The findings presented in this paper seek to contribute to the formulation or adjustment of policies related to educational reforms, such as curriculum reform, teacher recruitment and teacher professional development in non-English-speaking countries.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Policy, Educational Change, Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Language of Instruction, International Education, Qualitative Research, Language Proficiency, College Faculty, Faculty Recruitment, Independent Study, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Faculty Development, Case Studies, Language Role, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Interviews, Content Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Vietnam
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