- Introduction:

The full name of the Department is Department of Genral English and English for Specific Purposes (Department of GE&ESP). The Department is one of the five directly under the School of Foreign Languages, Can Tho University. The Department consists of two specialized divisions: General English and English for Specific Purposes.

Currently (as of 8/2016) the Department has 16 lecturers. Of these, 1 holds PhD’s degree, 2 are attending Ph.D. programs in Canada and Thailand and the remaining faculty members either have master’s degrees or are attending master courses in Vietnam or abroad (USA, Australia).

In terms of managerial position: among 16 members, there are 3 members who hold the position of the head and deputy head of department; 2 members are the head of the specialized division; 2 members are in charge of the labor union of the department, one member is the department secretary, one member is the Secretary of the Student Youth Union of the School of Foreign Languages.


Department of GE and ESP is responsible for course management and teaching General English 1, 2 and 3 modules for students of non-major and regular programs at Can Tho University. Due to heavy workload, apart from the lecturers of the Department, the Department also invites more lecturers to support. In addition to teaching some courses in the English major programs, the Department is responsible for teaching a number of other courses e.g. English for Tourism in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities and English for Politics in the School of Political Science in Can Tho University.

- History:

Department of GE and ESP is a new department under the School of Foreign Languages. The Department ​​was established at the same time as the School of Foreign Languages, on March 31, 2015.

- Duties and functions:

The Department of GE and ESP is responsible for management and teaching of the courses General English 1, 2 and 3 for English non-major students of the Can Tho University. We also teach courses in a number of schools e.g. School of Social Sciences and Humanities, and School of Political Science at Can Tho University.

The Department is responsible for the selection of teaching and learning materials, preparation of final exam questions for General English 1, 2 and 3, and similar activities for English for Specific Purposes.


- Completing the syllabus of GE 1, 2, 3 with modifications towards the standard of students' achievement/outcome: all students get level 2 (A2) according to the 6 level European framework of foreign languages.

- Effectively teaching GE courses towards achievement/development of foreign language performance standards for non-major students.

About personnel:

- Regular training for teaching staff. Professional development for lecturers, especially invited staff.

- By 2020, all faculty members have a doctoral degree or are participating in Ph.D programs.

Activities: training, research, cooperation, ...

The Department is in charge of professional management of the teaching activities of General English and ESP modules. The Department well collaborates with other units in and outside the university for General English and ESP courses.

In terms of scientific research, although newly established, faculty members are actively involved in professional refresher activities and sharing experiences and scientific research results. Numerous lecturers attended and presented at international and regional scientific conferences such as CamTESOL, DEPISA. Many faculty members have published articles in regional and international scientific journals such as LEIA, DEPISA Monograph.

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School of Foreign Languages

411, 30/4 Street, Ninh Kieu District, Can Tho City, Vietnam

Tel:02923.872285 or 02923.872290; Email: knn@ctu.edu.vn.