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CELTA Courses in Vietnam
A CELTA Course is a four to eight week course that basically teaches you how to teach. While a CELTA Course is not always essential if you want to teach in Vietnam, it is suggested as most of the higher paying jobs will require a CELTA Certificate. A CELTA Certificate is not always required, however, if you do have a CELTA under your belt you will find that there are many more opportunities for you in Vietnam and worldwide.
Having a CELTA Certificate shows your employer that you know how to teach and are dedicated. It also gives you the confidence needed to go into a classroom and teach to you best ability making your teaching life in Vietnam more enjoyable and rewarding.
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Country Information - Vietnam
Socialist Republic of Vietnam
National name: Công Hòa Xa Hôi Chú Nghia Viêt Nam
President: Tran Duc Luong (1997)
Prime Minister: Phan Van Khai (1997)
Area: 127,243 sq mi (329,560 sq km)
Population (2005 est.): 83,535,576 (growth rate: 1.0%); birth rate: 17.1/1000; infant mortality rate: 25.9/1000; life expectancy: 70.6; density per sq mi: 657
Capital (2003 est.): Hanoi, 2,543,700 (metro. area), 1,396,500 (city proper)
Largest cities: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), 5,894,100 (metro. area), 3,415,300 (city proper); Haiphong, 581,600; Da Nang, 452,700; Hué 271,900; Nha Trang, 270,100; Qui Nho'n, 199,700
Monetary unit: Dong
Languages: Vietnamese (official); English (increasingly favored as a second language); some French, Chinese, Khmer; mountain area languages (Mon-Khmer and Malayo-Polynesian)
Ethnicity/race: Vietnamese 85%-90%, Chinese, Hmong, Thai, Khmer, Cham, mountain groups
Religions: Buddhist, Hoa Hao, Cao Dai, Christian (predominantly Roman Catholic, some Protestant), indigenous beliefs, Muslim
Literacy rate: 94% (2003 est.)
Economic summary: GDP/PPP (2004 est.): $227.2 billion; per capita $2,700. Real growth rate: 7.7%. Inflation: 9.5%. Unemployment: 1.9%. Arable land: 20%. Agriculture: paddy rice, corn, potatoes, rubber, soybeans, coffee, tea, bananas, sugar; poultry, pigs; fish. Labor force: 42.98 million; agriculture 63%, industry and services 37% (2000 est.). Industries: food processing, garments, shoes, machine-building, mining, cement, chemical fertilizer, glass, tires, oil, coal, steel, paper. Natural resources: phosphates, coal, manganese, bauxite, chromate, offshore oil and gas deposits, forests, hydropower. Exports: $19.88 billion (f.o.b., 2003 est.): crude oil, marine products, rice, coffee, rubber, tea, garments, shoes. Imports: $22.5 billion (f.o.b., 2003 est.): machinery and equipment, petroleum products, fertilizer, steel products, raw cotton, grain, cement, motorcycles. Major trading partners: U.S., Japan, Australia, China, Germany, Singapore, UK, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand.
Communications: Telephones: main lines in use: 2.6 million (2000); mobile cellular: 730,155 (2000). Radio broadcast stations: AM 65, FM 7, shortwave 29 (1999). Radios: 8.2 million (1997). Television broadcast stations: at least 7 (plus 13 repeaters) (1998). Televisions: 3.57 million (1997). Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 5 (2000). Internet users: 400,000 (2002).
Transportation: Railways: total: 3,142 km (2002). Highways: total: 93,300 km; paved: 23,418 km; unpaved: 69,882 km (1999 est.). Waterways: 17,702 km navigable; more than 5,149 km navigable at all times by vessels up to 1.8 m draft. Ports and harbors: Cam Ranh, Da Nang, Haiphong, Ho Chi Minh City, Ha Long, Quy Nhon, Nha Trang, Vinh, Vung Tau. Airports: 47 (2002).
International disputes: demarcation of the land boundary with China continues, but maritime boundary and joint fishing zone agreement remains unratified; Cambodia and Laos protest Vietnamese squatters and armed encroachments along border; China occupies Paracel Islands also claimed by Vietnam and Taiwan; involved in a complex dispute over Spratly Islands with China, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, and possibly Brunei; claimants in November 2002 signed the "Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea," a mechanism to ease tension but which fell short of a legally binding "code of conduct."