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Is it Worth Achieving an IELTS Score of 7.0+ at the Cost of Losing Many Life Experiences?

The article discusses the debate over the importance of achieving high IELTS scores versus the potential loss of valuable life experiences. Dr. Nguyễn Chí Hiếu, an educational expert, shares his insights on the recent decision by the Ministry of Education and Training in Vietnam not to use IELTS scores for direct admission to high schools. He argues that while language proficiency tests like IELTS and TOEFL are valuable, there is a tendency to overemphasize these certificates. This often leads to students spending excessive time preparing for exams at the expense of other subjects and social experiences.


Dr. Nguyễn Chí Hiếu as a member of board of judges for JPO


Dr. Hiếu advocates for a balanced approach to language learning, where students develop a solid foundation in English through diverse and engaging activities rather than focusing solely on exam preparation and language proficiency test-prep. He emphasizes that language learning should be about understanding and appreciating different cultures, thinking, and knowledge rather than just achieving high scores.


The article highlights Olympia Schools' bilingual program as an example of integrating language learning with various subjects and activities, allowing students to develop a comprehensive worldview and a deep understanding of the language. Dr. Hiếu concludes by advising parents and students to aim for a balanced life with ample opportunities for diverse experiences, rather than solely focusing on test scores.


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