In November 2014, the People's Committee of Ho Chi Minh City passed Decision no. 5695/QD-UBND approving the “Teaching and learning English, Maths and Science with an integrated curriculum of the Vietnamese curriculum and the UK's Key Stage curriculum". The city's Department of Education worked in partnership with EMG Education to launched the Integrated Programme in schools from term II to the 2014 – 2015 school year.
The Integrated Programme was designed to combine the strengths of the Vietnamese National Curriculum and the UK Key Stage curriculum. The Vietnamese curriculum applies the mastery approach in which content is generally studied to great depth and aims for a strong theoretical understanding, whilst the Key Stage curriculum focuses more on real life application and problem-solving techniques.
Students of the Integrated Program will study all subjects of the Vietnamese curriculum as laid out by the Vietnamese Ministry of Education with their Vietnamese teachers. They will also study an additional 8 periods a week (Primary and Lower Secondary) or 15 periods a week (High School) with native speakers for the subjects of English, Maths and Science.
The Integrated Programme combines the strengths of the Key Stage curriculum and the Vietnamese curriculum, helping the students to achieve the learning objectives of each programme whilst maintaining a manageable workload.
Students still study all the subjects of the Vietnamese curriculum, and at the same time will have the opportunity to study English, Maths and Science taught in English.
The curriculum was designed in a systematic manner that attempts to avoid repetition in terms of teaching of content and to ensure the students will meet the learning objectives of both curricula.
Students of the Integrated Programme will continued to be assessed in the Vietnamese curriculum according to the standards set by the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET). At the end of each level, students will sit their graduation tests through MOET. In addition, they can also take Key Stage achievement tests through the Pearson Edexcel Examination Board. Students will also have the opportunity to take the ACT (American College Test), or English tests such as IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC etc.
Students of the Integrated Programme are guaranteed a pathway to study the programme from Primary to High School.
The teaching of the Integrated Programme is undertaken by experienced teachers with strong academic background who are passionate about inspiring students. These teachers deliver the English component of the programme and work in cooperation with the Vietnamese teachers to avoid the overlapping of content.
The Integrated Programme is currently being conducted in a large number of Primary, Lower Secondary and High Schools across the city.
For further information please contact EMG Education or the school management board of the school where your child is studying.