VietTESOL International Convention, VietTESOL International Convention 2018

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Vietnamese Learners Facing Employment Dilemmas: Learn to Enunciate not Pronunciate
Thu Thi Kim Pham, Huyen Thanh Le

Building: A11
Room: 2nd floor Reading Room-A11 Building
Date: 2018-10-12 02:00 PM – 02:45 PM
Last modified: 2018-09-16


Although ranked higher than developed countries like Japan or Taiwan by EF English Proficiency Index 2017 and the World Economic Forum, in terms of English proficiency, Vietnam needs to improve its English language education system.  To ensure Viet workers match the international employer expectation for English proficiency in the dynamic global labor market, especially English pronunciation, teachers need to concentrate on the basic fundamentals of English fluency. This issue has raised great concerns since incidents of Vietnamese teachers and learners with poor or incorrect pronunciation were highlighted through media exposure. In an attempt to improve English pronunciation of Vietnamese learners, the poster reviews four major waves in teaching pronunciation from the 19th century up to the present from imitative-intuitive practice to empirical approach and updates the latest trend in this aspect. As well as illustrating difficulties Vietnamese speakers face in speaking English with eloquence and clarity, the poster suggests the alternative method of teaching English “enunciation”, as opposed to English “pronunciation” for Vietnamese learners as a suitable move in Vietnam’s context. It demonstrates the necessity for articulate “enunciation” in the future of English language assessment when software tools replace traditional evaluation methods and intelligibility is the key to successful communication in an international workplace. It discusses the main concepts of enunciation, and suggests manageable adjustments in curricula design to provide insight into what and how enunciation can best be taught to improve current English speaking outcomes for Vietnamese learners and potential international workforces.


pronunciation, enunciation, Vietnamese learners, teaching pronunciation