Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 11. Number3  September 2020                                         Pp.  184 -192

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Non-Language-Major Students’ Autonomy in Learning English in Vietnam 

Cam Thi Ngoc Nguyen
Department of Personnel and Administration
Ho Chi Minh City University of Education
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 

Tu Thi Nguyen
Department of International Cooperation
Ho Chi Minh City University of Education
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam



The English language is one of the international languages used for communication and learning worldwide. In Vietnam, English is taught as a second language in schools from elementary to advanced levels. In learning a certain foreign language, the autonomy of learners has become a vital subject for the past 30 years. This research surveys the autonomy of non-language-major-students in learning English in Ho Chi Minh City University of Education. The quantitative research method uses descriptive statistics and T-test. A group of 258 students (61 males and 197 females) took part in answering two questionnaires on learners’ autonomy in learning English and the roles of lecturers and students in developing learner-autonomy in learning English. The results showed that the students were not familiar with the term learning autonomy. However, students were aware that they played a fundamental role in improving this ability. They also believed that the lecturers determined their English learning process. Thence, we propose solutions for the non-language-majors to improve their autonomy in learning English.
Keywords: Autonomy in learning English, non-language-major, Vietnamese non-language-major-students

Cite as: Nguyen, C.T.N., & Nguyen, T.T. (2020). Non-Language-Major Students’ Autonomy in Learning English in Vietnam. Arab World English Journal11 (3). 184 -192.


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About the authors
Nguyen Thi Ngoc Cam, Ph.D., works at Ho Chi Minh City University of Education. My major is
Measurement and Evaluation in Education. I am interested in educational research and quality
assurance. I like the quantitative method and want to study the qualitative method. ORCid ID:
Nguyen Thi Tu, MA, works at Ho Chi Minh City University of Education, a leading teacher
training university in Vietnam. She has been working as a teacher of English for 20 years. She had
the golden opportunity to work with high school students and then graduate ones. That is why
TESOL is one of her research interests. Currently, she is working at the International Cooperation
Office as the Director. Quality Assurance thereby becomes an exciting issue, which is also
necessary for her job. ORCid ID: