Talk Around Town Exposing children to English at a young age by Kieu Van To be good at English is becoming an obvious head-start for everybody in the current era of globalisation. So most parents have come to expect their children will be equipped with a solid English foundation that will be advantageous for future job-hunting. However, in the mushroom growth of English teaching centres for children in cities, parents themselves are asking questions about when and where their children can start studying foreign languages. They are worried that early learning will be an additional burden for children overloaded with official education programmes at such a tender age. Some scientific researches have proved the profit of learning another language in the infant stage, and say that parents should not waste this potential for their children. According to researchers, the more a child has early access to a foreign language, the more cognitive ability is developed; therefore, parents, in … [Read more...] about Exposing children to English at a young age
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They are young overseas Vietnamese who were born and educated abroad. They accept to face with challenges to come back to Viet Nam for living and working. Come backHuynh Nu Ngoc Thuan (Wendy Huynh) left Viet Nam when she was only two years old. She has ever worked in a finance company with a stable salary for three years since graduating from the Finance Faculty of Ohio University in 2002. Barriers“Language is a big problem”, Wendy said. After coming back to Viet Nam, Wendy worked for an import-export company for three months. She was charged with translating Vietnamese contracts to English, and her poor knowledge of Vietnamese terminologies were causing her lots of problems. Abundant source of intellectsBy Thach Thao – Translated by Kim Khanh … [Read more...] about Young Overseas Vietnamese Return to Homeland
VietNamNet Bridge – With a little heart and software knowhow, a group of Vietnamese and one Singaporean designed an app that lets travellers plan, manage and share holidays. Nguyen Trang reports. A free software working online and app has been launched to help tourists coming to Asia to find necessary information easily. ‘Justgola' has been designed by three Vietnamese, Huynh Tung, Huynh Phung Huynh, Phan Hoang Yen, and a Singaporean named Rich Goh Mong Siow, all living and working in Singapore. "Justgola" aims to fix problems in promoting tourism. It also helps users to plan, manage and share holidays easily. The software can automatically generate a user's personalised day-by-day itinerary based on travel destinations, durations, budgets and interest. It can get the best featured itineraries which you can clone and customise the way the user wants to. It can explore and save interested attractions to a wish-list from which ‘Justgola' generates a complete itinerary … [Read more...] about App helps tourists plan trips to paradise
VietNamNet Bridge – A local private publishing house has plans to file a lawsuit against a number of foreign language centres, private bookstores and universities in HCM City that are allegedly pirating its books for commercial purposes. The Tri Viet (First News) publishing house said it was drawing up a list of violators and would soon file a lawsuit against at least three foreign-language centres for book piracy. A representative of Compass Media, an American company that sold Tri Viet – First News the copyright to publish English-language textbooks, said it would also file a lawsuit in Viet Nam against those companies that had engaged in willful trademark counterfeiting. The printing houses had either photocopied or printed similar copies of several TOEFL and TOEIC textbooks published by Compass Media, its marketing director Joanne Jalbert said. Alerted to the widespread book piracy, Nguyen Van Phuoc, owner of Tri Viet-First News, decided to … [Read more...] about English schools face book-piracy lawsuit
The film Chuyen Cua Pao – Pao's Story – was made Viet Nam's northern mountainous province of Ha Giang famous. Tourists now come to see the scenery after having watched the film. They also come to see the sand dune in southern Ninh Thuan province, after seeing it in the television film Dau Chan Du Muc – Nomadic People's Footprints. by Bach Lien Sung La village, located on Dong Van plateau in the northern mountainous province of Ha Giang, became a popular tourist destination after it was featured in the 2006 film Chuyen Cua Pao (Pao's Story). Chuyen Cua Pao, which won a Golden Kite award in 2005 and was presented at the Cannes Film Festival in France in 2007, depicts the life of a Mong girl named Pao. Viewers found the scenery as powerful as the narrative. "When I came to the village, I found it even more beautiful than in the film. I remembered seeing Pao walking around cabbage flowers or weaving beside the loom," said tourist Le Viet Ha. "I was glad to visit Pao's … [Read more...] about Movies bring visitors to Viet Nam
Women in Viet Nam as well as in other countries where people are learning English, speak it better than men. This is what a special study has found. It also found that English is improving in Viet Nam but not as quickly as many people had hoped. The Government is spending lots of money to help people learn English. HCM CITY (VNS) — Viet Nam has made significant headway in English language education, but needs to move faster to achieve its targets, an expert from a US-based global education company that draws up the annual English Proficiency Index has said. Education First's fourth EPI, which was released in HCM City last week, has Viet Nam in 33rd place out of 63 countries and territories with 51.57 points and in the low-proficiency group. Last year it ranked 28th out of 60. Minh Tran of Education First said, "For the last seven years, since 2007 when the first EPI was released, Viet Nam has significantly improved its English skills with plus 7.25 points." The Ministry of … [Read more...] about Women speak English better than men
VietNamNet Bridge – Viet Nam has made significant headway in English language education, but needs to move faster to achieve its targets, an expert from a US-based global education company that draws up the annual English Proficiency Index has said. Education First's fourth EPI, which was released in HCM City last week, has Viet Nam in 33rd place out of 63 countries and territories with 51.57 points and in the low-proficiency group. Last year it ranked 28th out of 60. Minh Tran of Education First said, "For the last seven years, since 2007 when the first EPI was released, Viet Nam has significantly improved its English skills with plus 7.25 points." The Ministry of Education and Training's Project 2020 has a clear target of English skills for different levels, with university graduates expected to have B2 level, meaning independent users who can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics. "It's ambitious for Viet Nam but it's good because … [Read more...] about English proficiency growing but at a slow pace, study finds
VietNamNet Bridge – The Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) issued an official document in February-end urging kindergartens to desist from teaching foreign languages to children and not popularise the related curriculum. The MoET also does not approve the use of tutorial software for foreign languages. But, it is a known fact that when there is demand, then supply will certainly exist. Many teachers and parents have protested against this decision, saying that the schools should continue teaching English to kindergarteners. Huynh Thu Ly, a mother in Tay Ho District, strongly stated that the MoET's decision was nonsense. "I pay VND10 million (about US$460) as tuition fees each month, only for my daughter to have access to English and the native teachers. I am not ambitious that she can communicate well, but just want her to become familiar with simple English words, so that she can communicate with foreigners. I feel it is an accomplishment for me if my daughter has access … [Read more...] about Should kindergartens teach English?
Two-thirds of candidates in the latest round of Vietnamese Voice, a televised singing competition, chose to sing English songs. Does this indicate that Vietnamese people feel compelled to sing in English and listen to English songs? "Candidates this time gave us many surprises. But ultimately we wanted to choose those we thought could be successful on a global level," said judge Ho Ngoc Ha, a popular singer. Even though most Vietnamese don't understand English, they enjoy the music for the same reason that it is popular around the world – because it sounds good. Singer Ha Tran, who lives in the US, asked on Facebook: "Most of the songs on Vietnamese Voice are in English. Is Vietnamese music boring, or do people just want to be more internationally integrated?" This question resulted in a lot of interesting responses. For example: "Now that Vietnamese music is not Vietnamese anymore, we have started listening to Western music. I haven't listened to Vietnamese music for a few … [Read more...] about Why is English top of the pops in VN?
The capital's 'cafe culture' is attracting creative young people who are looking for a way to attract a diverse range of customers. With their continuous innovation and ability to capture new social trends, these young proprietors have been making their mark among Ha Noi's socialites. Cafes ranging from cat cafes and fortune-telling cafes to English-speaking cafes and cafes for classic car collectors have been popping up across the city. Foreseeing the needs of young people who love exploring the supernatural, others have opened tarot cafes, including Muse Cafe, Lollybooks Cafe and Sonata Cafe. Unlike other types of fortune telling, tarot cards are a combination of spiritual factors and a knowledge of human psychology and astrology. Rather than confirming what the future holds, tarot simply provides advice, so card readers are not professional fortune tellers, but simply friends who are always ready to listen, share, and help their clients. Tien Cuong, a card reader in Sonata Cafe … [Read more...] about Young entrepreneurs add spin to cafe culture