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Topic 1: For your own knowledge, what is the best method of learning Speaking skill for Vietnamese highschool students? Why?

In general, Vietnamese students from 15 to 18 often have some typical difficulties in learning English, especially with speaking skill, and therefore finding out an efficient way of learning the skill is one of the appropriate solutions for this problem. Communicative language teaching (CLT) is considered the most effective way that teachers can use in teaching speaking skill for upper secondary school students in Vietnam.

Firstly, communicative language teaching has characteristics that can be applied for learning speaking skill. The method’s goal is to enable the students to communicate in the target language while Vietnamese students in an English class often tend to be shy when they are asked to speak English despite their wide range of vocabulary. This way of learning, as a result, will encourage them to actively engaged in many communicative activities and freely present their ideas. Also, the use of authentic materials in CLT is considered to allow the students to develop their speaking skill and experience. Moreover, by learning to communicate, high-school students will be more motivated, and they will feel that they are learning to do something useful with the language. All these characteristics, which the previous teaching methods do not have, make communicative language teaching more worthy to be used in teaching speaking skill.

Studying by communicative approach not only fits the high-school students’ status but also satisfies demands of the Vietnam Ministry of Education and Training’s new general education curriculum. According to the new curriculum, Vietnamese high-school students are supposed to achieve the third level base on the Six English Language Proficiency Levels of Vietnam. This means Vietnamese students should be able to deal with most situations likely to arise whilst traveling in an area where the language is spoken; describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans. Through communicative activities in class, students’ confidence is built, which means they can deliver their thoughts and wants in their speech or speaking. In the new curriculum, teachers and teaching methods are no longer the core matter that needs to be assessed; learners and learning, now, has become a more important component that should be paid attention to. For this reason, Vietnamese students can communicate in English more frequently, so that communicative language teaching is highly recommended for its relating characteristics to the curriculum.

However, CLT requires the teachers’ constant creativity and a wide deep range of knowledge of teaching methods so that they can make use of it in helping students improve their skills, especially speaking. Though it is hard to create many truly communicative activities to get students involved, there will be a worthy outcome when it succeeds. Students’ weaknesses in speaking somehow will be improved and developed.

Overall, communicative language teaching will create many difficulties for the teachers, implying new teaching plans from the old curriculum to the new one, for example. It is regarded as the best method for the difference in characteristics that overweight the previous ones, the useful and appropriate characteristics which fit best the new general curriculum’s demand.

Topic 2: In your opinion, does the education system prepare a student for the real world? If yes, in which ways? If not, what are the gaps?

Many students are dejected because of the big distance between school life and real life after graduating every year. From my perspective, the education system does provide students with a foundation for academic work, however not enough for the real world it is.

We cannot deny the background that the education system built for us was well-designed logically. Although every country has its education systems, they share the similarity in the reasonable structure. To be detailed, there was a difference in the levels of organization between the United States’ education system and Vietnam’s. The US’s system is divided into primary, secondary, and higher education while secondary school in Vietnam is split into lower secondary and upper secondary. Nevertheless, most children of the countries must attend school from ages 6 to 18 which means that going to school at this age is scientifically suitable. Schools are an ideal place for children to grow up and gain knowledge. Not until the child reaches the limit of their parents’ knowledge do they consider the importance of schooling. Parenting has already been hard work for mothers and fathers; hence the school will share one part of the responsibility by educating the child with both academic knowledge and skills. A child who goes to school will receive better insurance such as a graduate certificate after graduating which can be used for his/her CV while homeschooling does not have any insurance for the child to convince their future employer.

On the other hand, the education system still cannot supply a well-preparation for the students when they face the real world’s situation. Lacking practical experience is one of the most common problems that students are failed to solve. English – a compulsory subject in Vietnam, for example, is still a hard and impractical subject to some students because of its unrealistic usage. A Vietnamese student who graduated upper secondary school with an 8 score in English uses some academic words to communicate with foreigners while an American may use those words once in a blue moon. As we can see, what students have learned is far different from what they need to have to deal with in real life. Less-than-a-year graduated applicants cannot offer their dream job due to lacking experience. This is because what the student received after learning about four years in university or college is an academic certificate, which means students have no experience in the job. As the result, students themselves must spend time working for a low-paid job or even for free as well as doing another job that is related to the major to gain experience as soon as it satisfies the employer’s demand. This heart-breaking reality is day by day disappointing students who are trying to conserve the dream to do their favorite job.

To sum up, the education system prepares the background academic knowledge for a student, but this is not enough for them to cope with the gaps between the school environment and real life which is a main defect of the education system.

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Topic 1: For your own knowledge,

You seem to have made a typing error. FROM, not FOR.

Clive

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Don't you have another account here named "Ptngdi"?

Please do not use two different accounts.

Also, your essays are very long, which discourages anyone to take the time to do a careful feedback. And you posted two of them together!

https://www.englishforums.com/English/PleaseReviewMyWriting/bplcmw/post.htm

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Thanks for your suggestion. I will send one topic each post next time.
Actually I and “Ptngdi” have the same teacher. We are asked to write 2 essays, one with 300 words long and the other with 500 words. He suggested us some webs, this for example, to receive more comments.

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Oh yes I saw it, thanks for your comment