Wednesday 05 July 2017


Today, The University of Foreign Language Studies, the University of Danang, and the British Council in Vietnam signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on evaluation, assessment development, and English proficiency improvement. 

Foreign languages, especially English, open up many opportunities to develop career paths, to study abroad, and to connect with the world. Particularly, an effective testing and assessment system is key for precisely evaluating foreign language communication skills in addition to being an essential part in teaching and learning English. 

One key initiative of this strategic partnership is to hold a series of practical workshops on classroom-based assessment for teachers in the fourth quarter of 2017. The focus of these practical workshops was announced at Vietnam Language Assessment Symposium 2017 (VLAS), which was organised by the British Council and Vietnam's National Foreign Language 2020 Project in May 2017 in Ho Chi Minh City. With the emphasis on classroom-based assessment and the assessment of learning, VLAS gathered over 200 educators, English language assessment experts and teachers from 22 provinces across the country and 20 Departments of Education and Training. 

Dr Tran Huu Phuc, Rector of the University of Foreign Language Studies, the University of Danang said: ‘The University of Foreign Language Studies, the University of Danang was chosen as one of the five regional foreign language centres by the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) - Management Board of National Foreign Language 2020 Project to train, examine foreign language proficiency; foster teachers' professional development; and apply information technology in teaching and learning foreign languages in the national education system. Our university is now assigned by the MoET to improve English teachers’ English proficiency and foster their professional development in Tay Nguyen and central coastal region.’

‘With the desire to become a reliable centre providing international standardised foreign language examination and testing services, especially in English for all in Danang and the central coastal and Tay Nguyen region, our university maintains  partnerships with international examination organisations, especially the British Council. According to our strategic partnership in evaluating, developing examinations and improving English proficiency, the two parties are providing solutions to English examination and English learning resources to prepare students for international tests such as Aptis and IELTS.’

This strategic agreement between the University of Foreign Language Studies, the University of Danang and the British Council opens up opportunities for students in Danang and the central provinces to learn and experience internationally standardised English tests, access to learning resources and the potential to study abroad. Moreover, the two parties will launch professional training for testing, evaluating foreign languages and building the capabilities for English teachers from University of Foreign Language Studies, the University of Danang and the central region. 

In 2017-2018, students from the University of Foreign Language Studies, the University of Danang and the nearby provinces can easily access international standardised tests of the British Council. Particularly, IELTS and Aptis are performance-based tests, so teachers are encouraged to instruct students to use English in daily life instead of merely preparing for the test. 

Cherry Gough, Director, British Council in Vietnam said: ‘The British Council very much appreciates this new strategic partnership with the University of Foreign Language Studies (UFLS), the University of Danang. It’s essential to the future prosperity of Vietnam that young people are able to learn English effectively and efficiently. In co-operation with UFLS, we will now be able to bring effective solutions and new opportunities to students and their teachers, not only in Danang but also provinces and cities in Central Vietnam, with a focus on English education and assessment, international English examinations, capacity building for teachers and study abroad.’

‘This Memorandum of Understanding confirms the UK’s support for the Ministry of Education and Training’s aims to improve learning and teaching of English in Vietnam, as well as its direct support to teachers and learners of English through the British Council.’

Notes to Editor

For more information, please contact:

Hanh Le (Ms)
Communications Manager
British Council in Vietnam
20 Thuy Khue, Tay Ho, Hanoi
T +84 (0)4 38436780 (ext.1957)
F +84 (0)4 38434962

Nguyen Luu Diep Anh (Ms)
Administrative Department
University of Foreign Language Studies, the University of Danang 
131 Luong Nhu Hoc, Danang
T +84 (0)236 3699324
F +84 (0)236 3699338  

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. Using the UK’s cultural resources we make a positive contribution to the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust

We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Each year we reach over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications.

Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. The majority of our income is raised delivering a range of projects and contracts in English teaching and examinations, education and development contracts and from partnerships with public and private organisations. Eighteen per cent of our funding is received from the UK government.

About Aptis and IELTS 

Aptis is the first English test in the world which is designed based on The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). It is mapped to Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training’s six-level Framework of English proficiency and is delivered in approximately 90 countries across the globe. 

IELTS is the world’s most popular English language test with more than 2.9 million test takers in 2006. More than 10,000 organisations in over 140 countries in the worldwide recognise and accept IELTS as a trusted proof of English proficiency for people to live, study and work around the world.