WASHINGTON (AP) _ A Vietnamese immigrant who now teaches English to children who don't speak the language has been honored as outstanding teacher of 1994 by the Walt Disney Co.

A faculty member at Polytechnic High School in Long Beach, Calif., Huong Tran Nguyen saluted all teachers in accepting her award Wednesdaynight.

''We have chosen the most noble profession which deserves national recognition and respect,'' she said. ''We should all be so proud to say I am a teacher.''

The fifth annual American Teacher Awards was aired nationally on cable television's Disney Channel. Since the program's inception, 240 teachers have been recognized.

Nguyen was selected as the year's outstanding teacher by the 36 educators singled out for recognition at this year's awards. From those 36, 12 were honored as the outstanding teachers in their subjects. Nguyen also was named the outstanding foreign language-English as a second language teacher.

Other teachers named outstanding in their fields were:

-Athletic coach: Patrick Deegan, James Madison High School, Vienna, Va.

-Early childhood: Barbara Skolnick Rothenberg, Fort River Elementary School, Amherst, Mass.

-English: Tom Delaney, Lorenzo Benn Youth Development Campus, Atlanta.

-General elementary: Steven Levy, Bowman School, Lexington, Mass.

-Mathematics: Beverly Davidman, Norman Thomas High School for Commercial Education, New York.

-Performing arts: Nancy Dennis Whitaker, Wade Hampton High School, Greenville, S.C.

-Physical education: Stephen R. Sroka, Cleveland Public Schools, Cleveland.

-Science: Lory E. Heron, Procter Hug High School, Reno, Nev.

-Social studies: Michael Jager, Hedrick Junior High School, Medford, Ore.

-Visual arts: Ray Lund, Thornton Academy, Saco, Maine.

-Vocational and technical education: Robert Maurais, Frank H. Harrison Middle School, Yarmouth, Maine.