Exploring the gap between Vietnamese workplace communication in English and English language teaching at a university

Thi Hong Le Vo, Mark Wyatt, Marie McCullagh

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    Abstract

    This study is set in the globalising context of international companies relocating their businesses to Vietnam in increasing numbers. Drawing on qualitative research methods, including semi-structured interviews, observations and post-observation discussions, it explores how a sample of fourteen information technology graduates communicate in English at the workplace and to what extent the English education provided at a university in Ho Chi Minh City that they had all recently graduated from meets such needs. Findings reveal a gap between the communication in English required at the Vietnamese workplace and the use of materials and methods for English language teaching at the Vietnamese university that the graduates had attended. This prompts a re-assessment of the extent to which English education at this university currently provides the support graduating students need. The study offers recommendations, in terms of both the design of materials and the professional development of teachers, to address the gap identified, so that information technology graduates in such contexts can enter the workplace with the English that will enable them to communicate more effectively.

    Original languageBritish English
    Pages (from-to)8-38
    Number of pages31
    JournalAsian ESP Journal
    Volume12
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - Jun 2016

    Keywords

    • Communication
    • Globalization
    • Materials design, authentic
    • Professional development
    • Vietnam
    • Workplace

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