International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

How English Has Displaced Russian and Other Foreign Languages in Vietnam Since “Doi Moi”
Ngan Nguyen

This paper seeks to help understand the teaching and learning of English as a foreign language (EFL) in Vietnam by examining the history of foreign language education in the country since the mid-twentieth century. Due to historical backgrounds, English did not become popular in Vietnam until the 1990s, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the implementation of Doi Moi (economic reforms) and the normalization of US-Vietnam relations. English once lost its place in the foreign language curriculum when the Vietnam War ended, now has been back and proved its role in the course of foreign cooperation, international integration, modernization and socio-economic enhancement of the nation. Vietnam has taken various approaches to help the country adapt to the present English dominant world, yet there are factors to consider as new economic powerful are growing and entailing the power of languages other than English.

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