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Work ill pairs. Study the table below then ask and answer the questions about the school education system in Vietnam.


   Task 1: Work ill pairs. Study the table below then ask and answer the questions about the school education system in Vietnam.( làm việc từng đôi. Nghiên cứu bản dưới đây và sau đó hỏi và trả lời những câu hỏi về hệ thống giáo dục ở nhà trường ở Việt Nam.

Level of education

Grade/Year (from - to)

Age (from - to)









1 - 5









11 - 14




15 - 17

National examination for GCSE


   A : When do the children in Vietnam go to primary school?

   B : When they are 6 years old.

   A : How long does the primary education last?

   B : 5 years.


   A. When do small children in Vietnam go to nurseries?

   B. Usually at the age of 3.

   A. How long is the pre-school stage ?

   B. In principle 3 years, but it depends.

   A. You mean it's according to the child’s ability?

   B. Right.

   A. When do children start the primary education?

   B. At the age of 6.

   A. Well. Can children start their primary education before 6 if they have enough capacity? I mean they can read and write even at the age of five.

   B. I’m afraid they cannot, in principle.

   A. Oh! What's I he level of education after the primary education?

   B. It's the Secondary education. And this level is divided into two stages: lower and upper secondary schools.

   A. Is there any exam between these two stages?

   B. Yes. To enter the upper secondary schools, students must lake the recruitment exam.

   A. How long is normally the secondary education?

   B. Seven years.

   A. At the end of the upper secondary education do students have to take any exams?

   B. Sure. They must take an exam called "Tu Tai" Diploma.

   A. I see. One more question. Must students pay tuition fee for their study in state schools?

   B. Certainly they must. They must pay tuition fee for every stage of education and some additional fees.

   A. Oh, really? Thank you for your answers.

   B. My pleasure.

   Task 2: Work in groups. Talk about the similarities and differences between the school system In Vietnam and that in England. (Làm việc từng nhóm. Nói về sự tương đồng và khác biệt giữa hệ thống trường học ở Việt Nam và hệ thống trường học ở Anh.)

   A. I’m not sure, but I think there are certain similarities and differences between the school system in Vietnam and that in England.

   B. I think so, loo. But what differences do you know?

   C. As I know, first both systems have the same three levels of education, and the starting age of schooling.

   D. But in England, as I know, there isn’t such a strict and unreasonable rule of starling age of schooling.

   A. What do you mean?

   D. OK. As I'm told, in England a pupil can attend a class if he or she has enough capacity as required.

   B. About the differences I see there are a lot.

   C. For example?

   B. The academic year. In Vietnam there are only two periods of schooling in a year, each of which lasts about five months or so.

   A. I see. In England an academic year is divided into three by season.

   D. And one more difference: in England students needn’t take any exam to enter the upper secondary schools.

  C. But we should not ignore the most major difference: the tuition fee for nursery, primary and secondary educations. For these three levels, people do not pay any tuition in England. I mean they are totally free and compulsory.

   B. Oh, really?