Forty 11th and 12th graders are attending a two-month free English teaching programme, Fulbright Everest Launchpad (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) - Fulbright Everest Launchpad, a free English teaching programme for 40 11th and 12th graders around the country started on July 3.

The programme includes eight weeks of learning English in HCM City and online.

The cost of 65 million VND (2,850 USD) per student to travel, stay in the city and learn is provided by Fulbright University Vietnam, thanks to a donation by Jack Tate, founder of the Baby Superstores chain in the US.

The programme is designed by Fulbright University Vietnam in cooperation with a local social enterprise, Everest Education, to personalise learning.

The 40 students, chosen from among 1,215 candidates, have to use English for daily communication.

Chu Hoai Ngoc from the northern province of Thai Nguyen, one of the 40 students, said the programme would help her improve her English skills and communication.

Nguyen Minh Nguyet from another northern province, Bac Ninh, said soft skills would also be improved.

Moreover, she would be making friends with others from across the country, she said.-VNA