The site has broken into the regional elite after just nine months, according to ASEAN UP. VnExpress International, the English version of Vietnam’s most-read news site VnExpress, has been listed among the top 15 English websites in terms of information quality and presentation in Southeast Asia. It is the only website from Vietnam on the list, standing together with established sites in the region such as Channel NewsAsia and The Straits Times of Singapore, Bangkok Post and The Nation of Thailand, The Star Online of Malaysia and Indonesia’s Jakarta Post. The Philippines also has several sites on the list. The six countries, which make up 95 percent of total ASEAN GDP, are the most advanced countries and more proficient in English than their peers, according to ASEAN UP, which compiled the list. The websites are great sources of information about their respective countries from a local perspective, it said. They have a large reader base and are also popular on social … [Read more...] about VnExpress International named among top 15 English news websites in Southeast Asia
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As ‘the kingdom of motorbikes,’ Vietnam seems to bring about more challenges for those living here to play some sports, locals and expats alike. Even if the language barrier is excluded, expats still face a lot of challenges when looking for a suitable sport to play for both fun and physical training in the Southeast Asian country. Most expats complain that they cannot play such individual sports as jogging and cycling at any time they like in public places, like on streets or in parks. Those who play team sports like football need to have certain friends. But experienced expats have a saying: just go and find a way. It is quite correct in Vietnam and one expat alone can play football by just coming to a mini-stadium or an amateur club and they will be given the chance to join. Playing sports in Vietnam in the eyes of expats “I just want to jog but I am afraid of … [Read more...] about How do expats find places to play sports in Vietnam?
As Pham Huong, the Vietnamese representative at the 2015 Miss Universe, appears to be the biggest fan favorite in Vietnam’s history of sending its beauties to pageants around the world, take a closer look at the woman who steals millions of hearts inside and outside her country. Huong, who joined 80 beauties around the world in the preliminary show in Las Vegas on Thursday, was voted No.1 on the Official Hot Picks released on December 14 by Missosology, the leading beauty pageant website that covers and analyzes the world’s four biggest beauty contests. “Huong Pham is a consistent favorite. Everybody is talking about her and everybody is putting her in their list,” the website said. “No doubt she is the best from Asia and the best from Vietnam to ever compete at Miss Universe.” According to Missosology, fans even called the 24-year-old woman “Honey Lee version 2,” referring … [Read more...] about How Pham Huong is Vietnam’s brightest ever hope at Miss Universe
Investors in Dong Nai: What Do They Say About Vietnam? They are the owners of FDI projects in Vietnam who regard Vietnam as their second homeland. In addition to dedicated efforts for business development in their new homeland, they also leave beautiful images in their workers and the native people. They are the representatives for investment styles in their fatherland in Vietnam. The following are excerpts of their opinions about the land and the open and friendly people of Vietnam. Mr Robert Van Mol- General Director of Vinastar Diamond I highly appreciate the skill and the spirit of studiousness of Vietnamese workers. Many workers work very hard. Apart from work, they also attend extra classes like English language or computer use. However, I feel very sad when I see many others only think that they can work seasonally. They apply for posts in my company to earn money for their ambition of studying at a Vietnamese university. Each person has his own way, but I think the … [Read more...] about Investors in Dong Nai: What Do They Say About Vietnam?
Editor’s note: Van Nguyen is a graduate student in applied linguistics from the University of Melbourne, with a background and interest in technology in second language teaching.Van has joined Tuoi Tre News’ discussion on whether music and smart boards should be banned in English teaching. Share your opinion with us in the comment box below or mail it to [email protected] a language teacher and applied linguist, the news of a ban on audiovisual tools and technology leaves me concerned.On one hand, I understand that many teachers overuse or misuse technology in the classroom, as some of them may turn on music or play a video and call it a day.On the other hand, banning technology is such a backward move, especially in the 21st century where technology is increasingly being used in education.As I see it, the problem is not about technology itself, but how it is used in the classroom that matters.The use of multimedia and digital tools in language teaching has been … [Read more...] about No audiovisual tools in English teaching in Vietnam? Tech is not the problem
A ban on the practice of giving primary school students Western names during English classes has long been established because it “does no good for traditional education,” a deputy head of the Ho Chi Minh City education department has claimed. The ‘no English name’ rule and a ban on the use of audiovisual tools have both been stipulated in the department’s guidelines for English teaching by native teachers in Ho Chi Minh City primary schools for the 2017-18 academic year. As the guidelines have caused quite a debate among local and native English teachers , as well as parents, Nguyen Van Hieu, deputy director of the Ho Chi Minh City education department, officially addressed the issue at a press conference on Monday. Hieu said the rule actually took effect around five years ago, adding that it was not the department’s idea, but one stemming from complaints made by parents themselves. … [Read more...] about Giving students English names ‘not good for traditional education’: Vietnam official
An official statement from an education department leader in Ho Chi Minh City, who said giving students English names during language classes is “against Vietnam’s traditional education,” has sparked fresh debate among Tuoi Tre News readers. Unlike the controversial rule to ban audiovisual tools from English teaching in citywide primary schools, the ‘name issue’ is winning support from English teachers, native and local. Vietnamese don’t need English names Commenting on Tuoi Tre News’ Facebook Page, Michael David Kemp said he agrees “100 percent” with the idea that students not be called by anything other than their Vietnamese names. “Vietnamese names mean something and have a meaning behind them,” he wrote. “I always try to learn [how to say] my students Vietnamese names.” Veronnica Nagathota, who on her Facebook page says she is an “Australian woman who adores Vietnam,” believes that native … [Read more...] about Phuc or Fuchsia? Should Vietnamese students have Western names in English classes?
The Ho Chi Minh City education department has released a set of requirements for elementary school English curricula, including a ban on giving English names to students and using music and smart boards as teaching tools.Many English teachers assign western names to their students in order to ease the difficulty of pronouncing Vietnamese names. This practice, however, will be prohibited during the 2017-18 academic year in Ho Chi Minh City, according to the new guidelines issued by the education department.“Native teachers should call students by their Vietnamese names and under no circumstance address them by English names,” the document reads.The guideline also stipulates that teachers refrain from using such audio-visual tools as cassette players, CD players, and smart boards to play music or videos for students during their lessons. Instead, teachers will be expected to create conditions for students to practice the language through social interaction.The new … [Read more...] about Ho Chi Minh City bans use of music, smart boards in English teaching
Pioneers credited with introducing the Internet to Vietnam faced never-ending hurdles. >> The Internet turns 20 in Vietnam: P1 – Forerunners >> The Internet turns 20 in Vietnam: P2 – Australian professor’s contribution Dr. Mai Liem Truc, head of the National Administration of Posts (now the Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group), often tells stories of an era when he and his associates, all craving access to the Internet, were forced to “resort to all lines of reasoning to persuade each other and their superiors to reach a consensus.” Vu Hoang Lien, chairman of the Vietnam Internet Association and former director of Vietnam Data Communication Co. (VDC), revealed that VDC was expected to give demonstrations to State and Party leaders and officials from competent agencies on what the global computer network was all about in order to push them towards acceptance of the new technology. “We should have given online … [Read more...] about The Internet turns 20 in Vietnam – P3: The ‘semi-illegal’ era
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 A trainee teacher from Denmark is packing kindergarten classes in central Vietnam by using fun, novel learning experiences and showering his special needs students with care and devotion.Nikolai Hansen, 28, is working as a teaching assistant at Uoc Mo Xanh (Blue Dream) School, which helps students with special needs to integrate socially, and Ngoi Sao Xanh (Blue Star) Kindergarten, both of which are based in Da Nang.He is making the most of his six months at both schools before returning to the University College of North Denmark to complete his studies.Despite being unable to speak a word of Vietnamese, the young man, sporting a bushy beard, has quickly become the focus of children’s attention.They jump at any opportunity to sit in his lap and burn themselves out playing his … [Read more...] about Danish teacher adds fun to kindergarten classes in Vietnam