In recent years, foreign investment has immigrated into Vietnam, particularly big cities like Ho Chi Minh city; which has drawn to the challenging changes to the national educational system. These changes focus on both students' in-class and outside-class knowledge. This study explores the impact of foreign and traditional cultural values on students and teachers' in-high school communications in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam. My study provides some recommendations for teachers and educators to teach their students the appropriate communicative cultural values in the changing social and cultural contexts. I conducted this study by surveying 1.200 high school students and interviewing 60 teachers from 12 high schools in Ho Chi Minh City. The survey highlighted that psychological crises and the lack of communicative and problem-solving competence impacted students' success in communication. The survey shed light on the impact of media, such as newspapers, TV, and internet on students' communicative performance. The interviews addressed teachers' perceptions on the work pressure, such as overloading teaching content, making it hard for them to provide with their students a perfect education including knowledge and personality. A big gap between what they have been teaching their students in classes and what students may see in their real-life contexts influences on students' awareness of behavioural culture. Imported cultural values via the communicative channels results in teachers' concerns in their students' awareness. An integrated teaching between schools and family may contribute to a better outcome in students' understanding culture and society.
Thi My Diem Nguyen, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam
Stream: Challenging & Preserving: Culture
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