English is becoming Vietnam’s lingua franca

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Members of a student-organised English language club meet on a weekly basis in a central Ho Chi Minh park.

The Vietnamese government has set stringent benchmarks for the English language proficiency of its teachers as it approaches the year 2020.

Jesse Thompson investigates the toll that the surge towards an English-speaking Vietnam is having on the nation’s teachers and students.

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Jesse Thompson

Jesse Thompson is in his third year of a dual Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Film and Television and Media Studies. He flexes his writing skills as a film critic for various local outlets, but he is also passionate about quality radio and video production. Jesse will graduate in July of 2016 and hopes to subsequently take up a career in documentary reporting.

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