Thursday 11 August 2016


British Council launches improved primary English courses to develop children’s English and life skills

From August 2016, all English courses for primary school students at British Council in Vietnam will apply a new curriculum called Primary Plus. This is an innovation in English language teaching, which helps students to develop both English language and life skills. Primary Plus has been applied successfully in Hong Kong, Thailand, Korea and Malaysia. 

In addition to academic achievement, developing skills for success in everyday life is becoming more important for Vietnamese children. Apart from English skills, children’s physical, personal, social and emotional development is crucial in preparing them to tackle future challenges. In the new term commencing in August, the British Council Vietnam will offer its new Primary Plus courses, which will aim to raise young children’s confidence in communicating in English while considering the child’s development into a well-rounded individual.

Designed by British Council experts, Primary Plus is a module-based, six-level series of courses with age-appropriate themes and topics that match stages of child development. Through a variety of tasks and projects, children will improve their four English skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking), focusing on grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. Taking advantage of the interactive teaching methodology, students will take part in specially-formulated activities and engage with a variety of media to gain essential life skills naturally, including creativity and imagination, leadership and personal development, citizenship, critical thinking and problem solving, digital literacy, and collaboration and communication.

Students can also take part in learning activities on the Primary Plus online portal at home, which is specially designed for grammar and vocabulary training with many films and language learning games that unlock once students reach a certain level of progress.

Courses are now open for registration. Attending the course, young learners can benefit from the wealth of teaching experience of the British Council. Over the past 80 years we have helped more than 100 million people in 100 different countries improve their English skills. Students learning at British Council will also be supported by safe learning environment with adequate policies on child protection, health and safety.

Notes to Editor

Vu Hai Dang
Communications Manager
British Council Vietnam
20 Thuy Khue, Hanoi
T +84 (0)4 3728 1920 (1957)
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About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide. 

We work in more than 100 countries and our 8,000 staff – including 2,000 teachers – work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year by teaching English, sharing the arts and delivering education and society programmes.

We are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter. A core publicly-funded grant provides 20 per cent of our turnover which last year was £864 million. The rest of our revenues are earned from services which customers around the world pay for, such as English classes and taking UK examinations, and also through education and development contracts and from partnerships with public and private organisations. All our work is in pursuit of our charitable purpose and supports prosperity and security for the UK and globally.  

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