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Russian language returns to Vietnamese school program

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Russian language returns to Vietnamese school program


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Russian language has returned into the Vietnamese school program, TASS reports. After a hiatus that lasted for many years, it came back.

According to the order of the Ministry of Education and Training, the Russian language, like English, Chinese, French and Japanese, has to be taught as the first foreign language. Elementary students will have four language lessons every week. The rest of the schoolchildren will have three language lessons a week.

Vietnamese kids start to learn their first foreign language in the 3d grade until the end of the school in the 12th grade. Pupils can choose the second foreign language on their own at the 6th grade.

Russian language was launched like a school subject in Vietnam after the end of World War 2, when the modern Vietnam was established upon the Proclamation of Independence from France in 1945. Thousands of Vietnamese people received higher education in the Soviet Union. Many of them have reached high positions. With the collapse of the USSR, the interest in learning Russian language decreased, but now the Russian language is regaining its lost positions among the youth.

Russian language is studied in Vietnam in about 50 schools and universities. There are over 250 Russian language teachers throughout the country.

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