Language berrier in the workplace
Inadequate foreign language ability is one of the reasons preventing many young people from seizing ideal opportunities to work in the international environment and causing high unemployment rate after graduation.
In fact, many Vietnamese students who have graduated from university still can not speak English fluently. This is a great barrier to prevent getting a high-paying job.
High TOEIC and TOEFL scorers not fluent in English?
The Department of Higher Education and Postgraduate Education, Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) said that after graduating, students that meet English skills requirements are accounted for only about 49%, besides, up to 18.9% students do not meet those requirements and 31.8% needed further training. That means more than half of the students who graduated did not meet the English language proficiency requirement. Many university leaders also acknowledge the deficiency of Vietnamese students’ English ability.
Sharing his oppinion about this issue, Mr.Dang Thanh Nhon, Head of the Department of Humanities and Language, Tan Tao University said: "Studying English needs to develop all four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Vietnamese students are trained properly to be very good at grammar while sitting on the school chair. However, since there are not many real opportunities and environments to practice, weak listening and speaking skills lead to poor communication. This will be proven visibly when you can reply to an email and write materials well, but when communicating with foreigners, you are faltered, unable to exchange ideas effectively. This is a common situation among young people and one of the reasons why you miss the opportunities working in an international environment. "