English as a Medium of Instruction in English-as-a-Foreign-Language Primary Schools in Vietnam: Policies and Implementation

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Truong, Duy Bao (2021) English as a Medium of Instruction in English-as-a-Foreign-Language Primary Schools in Vietnam: Policies and Implementation. PhD thesis, Victoria University.

Abstract

The use of English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI) in English-as-a-Foreign-Language (EFL) primary school classrooms is vital to enhance students’ English skills. The earlier EMI is engaged in teaching, the better EFL students improve their English skills. This research aimed to explore the perceptions of English language primary school teachers towards the implementation of EMI in the South of Vietnam and to analyse both the use of EMI in EFL classrooms and the extent to which students responded in English. With the employment of both qualitative and quantitative methods, this study consisted of two phases. Phase One included the large-scale conduct of an online survey to investigate 600 English language primary school teachers’ perceptions of EMI and their implementation in three provinces in the South of Vietnam. Phase Two consisted of interviewing teacher trainers of English-for- Teaching module, English language specialists in charge of primary education and English language primary school teachers and observing teaching practice with the implementation of EMI in teachers’ EFL classrooms. Data show that English language primary school teachers possessed positive attitudes towards the implementation of EMI. They were able to implement EMI when greeting students, checking their attendance, reviewing previous lessons, communicating lesson content and so on. English language primary school students could respond in English in familiar situations such as: their study, free time activities and hobbies as well as contexts relevant to their lessons.

Item type Thesis (PhD thesis)
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/42150
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
Historical > FOR Classification > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education
Current > Division/Research > College of Arts and Education
Keywords English as a Medium of Instruction; EMI; English-as-a-Foreign-Language; EFL; primary school; classrooms; English language; teachers; Vietnam; Theory of Planned Behaviour; TPB; Second Language Acquisition; SLA
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