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Reflection on education equity in Vietnam: Teachers' and students' voices in an English tourism programme

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In this article context, I recall my memories as a Vietnamese English for Tourism Purposes (ETP) programme teacher and a student who grappled with many inequities in the nationwide process of internationalization of higher education. The equity-related issues include the teacher's unpreparedness with the adoption of foreign curriculum, the teacher's lack of recognition of the local cultures, and the unfair treatment of the Vietnamese ETP interns in the workplace. I write this article in the role of a narrator, sharing my personal and professional experiences to give the status quo of ETP education in Vietnam and the various nuances that help unpack the realities of this situation. This reflective article intends to picture the inequities in Vietnamese higher education internationalization that both Vietnamese students and teachers encounter and to pave the road for further discussions to construct future scholarship and research.
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Keywords: ESP/ETP; curriculum localization; education inequities; educational internationalization; narratives; story-telling

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 2019

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