Young workers, students in HCMC doing well at English: survey

Almost half of young workers and students in HCM City have “above average” English communication skills, a survey by the HCM City High Technology Zone Training Center has found.

       An English class  (Photo:SGGP)

The rates for those with “good” and “poor” skills are 16.29 percent and 5.3 percent.

But nobody speaks English fluently like a native.

A higher proportion of students (48.7 percent) are able to communicate in English than workers (41.6 percent).

The center announced the survey results at a workshop December 3 on English teaching and studying to meet the demands of a modern working environment.

But teaching remains focused on grammar and sentence structure rather than pronunciation, vocabulary, and speaking fluently, which are of greater practical need.

At the seminar, many students said they have to learn technical English by themselves because it is not taught at university.

Dinh Thi My Quynh, the center’s director, said authorities should carefully review the English language standards existing in the country and ensure basic skills are taught.

By Hg. Lien – Translated by Kim Khanh

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