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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Korean, German piloted as first foreign language subjects

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HCMC – The Ministry of Education and Training has added German and Korean as first foreign language subjects to the curriculum for students from grades three to 12, a decision that took effect from February 9.

Thus, students will have more choices for first foreign languages, the local media reported.

The pilot foreign language teaching program aims to help students improve their communication skills in the two languages through listening, speaking, reading and writing as well as language knowledge.

A representative of the Ministry of Education and Training said the news that the two languages would be compulsory for graders three to 12 was inaccurate.

According to the general education program issued in 2006, students can choose one of the four foreign languages—English, Russian, French and Chinese—as the first foreign language subjects. In 2011, the Ministry of Education and Training added Japanese as another first foreign language subject.

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