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Women speak English better than men

Update: December, 07/2014 - 12:00

Women in Viet Nam as well as in other countries where people are learning English, speak it better than men.

This is what a special study has found.

It also found that English is improving in Viet Nam but not as quickly as many people had hoped.

The Government is spending lots of money to help people learn English.

The Government planned to spend US$450 million between 2008 and 2020 for language learning, with 85 per cent of it meant for teacher training and creating a conducive environment for students to learn English.
The Government planned to spend US$450 million between 2008 and 2020 for language learning, with 85 per cent of it meant for teacher training and creating a conducive environment for students to learn English. - Photo vietpress

HCM CITY (VNS) — Viet Nam has made significant headway in English language education, but needs to move faster to achieve its targets, an expert from a US-based global education company that draws up the annual English Proficiency Index has said.

Education First's fourth EPI, which was released in HCM City last week, has Viet Nam in 33rd place out of 63 countries and territories with 51.57 points and in the low-proficiency group. Last year it ranked 28th out of 60.

Minh Tran of Education First said, "For the last seven years, since 2007 when the first EPI was released, Viet Nam has significantly improved its English skills with plus 7.25 points."

The Ministry of Education and Training's Project 2020 has a clear target of English skills for different levels, with university graduates expected to have B2 level, meaning independent users who can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics.

"It's ambitious for Viet Nam but it's good because managers have a clear goal," Tran said, adding however that more needs to be done if the target is to be achieved.

The Government planned to spend US$450 million between 2008 and 2020 for language learning, with 85 per cent of it meant for teacher training and creating a conducive environment for students to learn English.

The report also revealed that women - in Viet Nam and all over the world – speak English better than men. In Viet Nam, English skills are evenly distributed across various age groups without a significant skew in favour of any group.

Europe has the best English proficiency and continues to improve. Most European nations have high to very high proficiency with Denmark in top position with 69.30 points followed by the Netherlands and Sweden.

The Middle East and North Africa's low English levels have worsened since the last report.

The report finds a strong correlation between a country's English proficiency levels and many social and economic indicators like gross national income per capita.

Indices of quality of life, such as the Human Development Index and the Legatum Prosperity Index, also correlate positively with the EPI.

To improve English skills, the report advises that every country should align the English training system such that students leaving primary school are ready for secondary school. This alignment requires co-ordination across regions and government divisions.

It defines English proficiency as a core competency for all graduates.

A test data of 750,000 adults aged 18 and above, who took part in English tests in 2013, was used to create the country rankings. — VNS

GLOSSARY

Education First's fourth EPI, which was released in HCM City last week, has Viet Nam in 33rd place out of 63 countries and territories with 51.57 points and in the low-proficiency group. Last year it ranked 28th out of 60.

To be able to speak English with proficiency means to be able to do so well.

The Ministry of Education and Training's Project 2020 has a clear target of English skills for different levels, with university graduates expected to have B2 level, meaning independent users who can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics.

University graduates are people who have studied and passed university courses.

Complex text means things that have been written, which do not necessarily have straightforward meanings and are not easy to understand.

A concrete topic is to do with something real, which can be seen, heard or smelt.

An abstract topic is to do with something that is not real but more of a thought or an idea.

"It's ambitious for Viet Nam but it's good because managers have a clear goal," Tran said, adding however that more needs to be done if the target is to be achieved.

Ambitious means aiming high.

The Government planned to spend US$450 million between 2008 and 2020 for language learning, with 85 per cent of it meant for teacher training and creating a conducive environment for students to learn English.

A conducive environment for students to learn English means a place that is organised in such a way that everything you would need to learn the language is there.

The report finds a strong correlation between a country's English proficiency levels and many social and economic indicators like gross national income per capita.

A correlation is a link.

Indicators are signs.

Gross national income per capita is the amount of money earned in a community divided by the number of people there.

Indices of quality of life, such as the Human Development Index and the Legatum Prosperity Index, also correlate positively with the EPI.

Indices is the plural of index.

To improve English skills, the report advises that every country should align the English training system such that students leaving primary school are ready for secondary school.

Align means arrange.

This alignment requires co-ordination across regions and government divisions.

Co-ordination happens when different parts of  an organisation, work together to get something done.

It defines English proficiency as a core competency for all graduates.

To have competency in something means to be able to do it.

WORKSHEET

State whether the following sentences are true, or false:

1.      This is the fourth year that the English Proficiency Index has released a report.

2.      People in Denmark speak very poor English.

3.      The Netherlands and Sweden are second and third best at English in Europe.

4.      North Africans are weak in English.

5.      The first English Proficiency Index was released seven years ago.

 

ANSWERS:

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 1. True; 2. False; 3. True; 4. True; 5. True.

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