Top English testing center partners with Vietnam university

Staff writer, with CNA

Sat, Sep 14, 2013 - Page 5

A Taiwanese language center and a Vietnamese university signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Wednesday in Taipei to share their knowledge of English and Vietnamese language testing.

Nguyen Hoa, president of the Hanoi-based University of Language and International Studies (ULIS), said the partnership with the Taipei-based Language Training and Testing Center (LTTC) establishes a framework for bilateral cooperation that will help the university develop an English proficiency assessment scheme and joint research.

“We’re looking forward to working closely to make this MOU work and to strengthen the ties between the LTTC and ULIS,” he said.

The LTTC will share its experience in establishing a database of test questions, training graders and setting grading standards, LTTC research and development office program director Jessica Wu said.

Developing an English test that meets local demands is a global trend, Wu said, adding that it is the main focus of the center.

Nguyen said that the two institutions share a common dedication to developing “Asia-created tests” to better serve the needs of Asian learners.

Meanwhile, as the LTTC plans to develop a test of Vietnamese proficiency, Nguyen said: “We can assist in this regard.”

The collaboration will also help the LTTC provide training for instructors of the Vietnamese language, Wu said.

Vietnam Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei representative Bui Trong Van said he expects the exchange will mean more exchanges in other areas of education.

The LTTC, which has been around for more than 60 years, runs the General English Proficiency Test (GEPT), which covers English listening, reading, writing and speaking.

One of the most widely taken English tests in Taiwan, the GEPT is recognized by many international academic institutions.