My name is Toan. I study English at RMIT, an Australia International University. I gonna have an Oral presentation on week 38. My topic is "The influences of English on Vietnam in the last 20 years". I try to compare the two periods, 85-95 and 95-2005. It may focus more on the later period as Vietnam and America opened diplomatic relations in 1995. You know? I haven't had an Oral presentation before. Hope that I can have some ideas and recommendations from you on this topic.
Vietnam & America opened diplomatic relations in 1994, not 1995. But that's not the main reason lead to the influences of English on Vietnam. I think the reason is the development of this language all over the world. It becomes more and more popular nowadays. But the question is The influences, not why English has influences on Vietnam. Be careful with your question! Good luck with your 1st Oral presentation!
Hello Toan,

Presentations are stressful parts of learning a language but if you prepare well you will do well. Some ideas for you are:

1. you might talk about the influence of Vietnam on English (every country where English is spoken adds their own flavour to the language)
2. you might talk about how learning English could help the Vietnamese people to improve their standard of living, from the tourist business for example
3. you might talk about the opportunities to learn English in Vietnam - are there more language schools now, for example? What is the cost? Can people afford these costs? Is English instruction only available to people who have a lot of money or can the poorer people also take English lessons? What is the attitude of the government about Vietnamese citizens learning English? Favourable? Unfavourable? If favourable, does the government subsidise language instruction?

Learning a new language for commercial reasons can be problematic because the cost of the lessons can be too high for the people who need the language to better their economic situation (as in profiting from tourism) may not be able to afford it.

It might be an idea to talk about how tourism + English might ultimately change the country of Vietnam - for better? or for worse?

Hope these ideas help or give you better ideas! Best of luck!

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Hi all,

This is my first draf, see if I need to modify or reorganize my work.

In 1985, the economy of Vietnam was still subsidized by the government; we applied the close diplomatic policy. All the media such as movies, documents, books, magazines from capitalistic nation (especially from America) were controlled very tough.

English was only used in diplomacy agencies, import export companies and at the border gates. In secondary high school, students were taught English as well as France and Russian. English was just like an optional foreign language to learn in school as the others. There are not many differences between them. People who speak English well at this time are mainly the elder. Most of them are English teachers, intellectuals or the office worker who served in American offices before 1975. Therefore the need of using English was not much.

Since 1995, Vietnam has an innovation in foreign policy. This period is the starting point of the economic growth of Vietnam. I will list three main reasons that make changes to the spread of English in Vietnam.

  1. In July 1995, Vietnam and America opened the diplomatic relations, agreed to normalize the trade and travel between two countries. A lot of foreign companies open their brands, representative offices in Vietnam. They employed Vietnamese employees. It is certainly that only people speak English fluently are qualified for the job.

  2. Thanks to the new diplomatic policy, our export value was growing over year. That mean we have more business with foreign companies from over the world. Most of them use English as the lingua franca to communicate with Vietnamese. Also the official documents like contracts, L/C, invoice, bill of lading and so on, used English.

  3. In 1998, the movement of studying overseas rose remarkable. The student mainly studied in English speaking countries.
The Vietnamese realized that English will be more needed in the near future. They started to learn English to get the degree of English as the ticket for their better jobs and educations. As the result, the English centers grew like mushroom. At the beginning, there were only state own schools with Vietnamese teacher staff. Because the employee just needed the English degree at B level (there are three degrees A, B, C which were issued by the ministry of education) to apply for a job. In fact, to communicate well with foreigners and understand the documents, people need more than this. For example:

  1. Working for a foreign company, you not only need a certain degree of English but also the true ability to speak, read and write English.

  2. If the professors or students want to research the new technology, they must be good at English, because most of the material as well as web pages are written in English.
To meet the demand, the International language centers were soon opened. All the teachers there are native English speaker. The numbers of these language centers keep increasing every year and the teaching quality is increasing also.

Today, great numbers of Vietnamese speak English, especially in many fields like tourism, services, trade and education. English is not only spoken by well white-collar workers but also blue-collar ones.

In the future, Vietnam will join WTO and has more business with foreign partner. I believe that English will be more and more used in our country.