Impacts of Vietnam’s Social Context on Learners’ Attitudes Towards Foreign Languages and English Language Learning: Implications for Teaching and Learning

| December 25, 2009
Title
Impacts of Vietnam’s Social Context on Learners’ Attitudes Towards Foreign Languages and English Language Learning: Implications for Teaching and Learning

Keywords: attitudes of learners, history of foreign languages, role of English, motivation

Authors
Phan Thi Thanh Hang
University of Otago

Bio Data
Phan Thi Thanh Hang is a PhD Candidate at the College of Education, University of Otago. She completed her MA (TESOL) at the University of Queensland. Her research activities focus on motivation, identity and language learning. She has experience teaching English, ESP, and ELT at Hanoi University of Technology and Ho Chi Minh University of Industry, Vietnam.

Abstract
This paper discusses the changes in Vietnamese learners attitudes towards foreign language learning based on an investigation into the history of foreign languages in Vietnam. Most of this paper will focus on English language learning because it is currently the most important foreign language in Vietnam. The paper argues that due to the political, economic and socio-cultural changes, Vietnamese learners attitudes have shifted from resentment against foreign languages toward appreciation of, and motivation in, learning them. However, despite these changes, only a group of Vietnamese who have benefited from their English competence are fully aware of its importance. Consequently, first, this paper emphasizes that it is important for policy makers, educators and other responsible people in Vietnam to be aware of the changes in learners attitudes. Then, it suggests that appropriate measures be taken to make learners aware of the importance of English, so that their motivation will be enhanced.

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Category: Quarterly Journal, Volume 11 Issue 4