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Vietnam turns to IUPUI center for training linked to national development goals

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November 7, 2012

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The Indiana Center for Intercultural Communication at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis has begun an English language and teaching methodology training program linked to Vietnam’s national development goals.

Thirty-three Vietnamese professors of mathematics and information technology started a seven-week training program at the center Nov. 5 for teaching in English as the language of instruction and assessment at the university level.

The program is part of a larger project, known as Project 2020, that is funded by the Vietnamese government to increase the capacity of Vietnamese professors and students to operate at a high level of competency in the English language, said Gil Latz, associate vice chancellor for international affairs at IUPUI. “This is a project central to Vietnam's national educational development objectives as well as one that will raise awareness and opportunity for Indiana in Vietnam.”

The Indiana Center for Intercultural Communication, which is part of the IU School of Liberal Arts, is an internationally recognized research and training center, specializing in programs for faculty,   medical residents and postdoctoral researchers, as well as business professionals.

ICIC has hosted international faculty and government officials from Afghanistan, Mali and China in similar programs using its proven English for Specific Purposes approach to language teaching.

“This program showcases the specific expertise we have at ICIC to help international faculty perfect their academic English skills,” said Ulla Connor, director of ICIC and chancellor’s professor of English.