VietNamNet Bridge – One man in Ha Noi decided to teach his daughter English by speaking it to her for three years. His efforts paid off as his daughter, five-year-old Huyen My, can now speak English as fluently as her Vietnamese. When she meets her father or a foreigner, My speaks good English, and when she turns to her mother, she switches to Vietnamese. She owes this ability to her parents, especially her father, Pham Vinh, 34, who spent some time working in the United States. When their daughter was born, they agreed that Vinh would speak English to his daughter and his wife would speak in Vietnamese. “The reason for our decision was that during my years of studying abroad, I met a lot of mixed-race children who could speak two or three languages fluently from an early age, as they had often heard their parents speaking in these languages. These children could differentiate between the languages easily. Therefore, I decided I should let my baby practise bilingual, and … [Read more...] about Should we speak English to our children?
Minister of Education and Training Phung Xuan Nha has directed universities to make English the second language on campus. The notion of “a second language” is understood as being one that is used in daily life and absorbed by students without specific English lessons. It is different from a “foreign language”, which is considered a subject where there is little chance of students using it in daily life. In promoting English as a second language, students would be required to make all presentations and hold all discussions in English, while staff would speak English at all of their meetings. To improve English quality at universities Mr. Nha asked them to improve the application of technology in training and managing students, and accelerate education globalization and international links in promoting the use of English. He directed 61 universities, academies, and colleges under the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) to be pioneers in creating teaching … [Read more...] about English to be ‘second language’ in universities
VietNamNet Bridge - Vietnamese parents are receiving conflicting advice about when they should enroll their children in English classes. The debate about when children should begin learning English has once again been raised after a teacher of English stated that they should not begin lessons too soon. Thai Ba Tan, a renowned translator, writer, poet and teacher of English, has advised parents not to enroll children in English classes. “This causes a big waste of money and time of parents and children. Meanwhile, the result is zero,” he wrote. “Wait until your children enter the 10th grade. Ask them to learn seriously until they finish high school. Three years is enough,” he recommended. Tan gave advice on his Facebook after meeting a parent from the countryside who came to Hanoi to work for money to fund two children’s English classes. The children are 9 years old and 5 years old. Tan’s personal opinion has recevied 1,500 likes, … [Read more...] about Age to start learning English still debated
VietNamNet Bridge – Viet Nam is nearing its goal of eliminating malaria, but it’s all riding on how determined the Government is to succeed. Nguyen My Ha & Vu Thu Trang Every year at this time, Ta Thi Tinh packs her bags to take the 1,000-km train and then a bus to Binh Phuoc Province which is one of the few provinces in the whole country still grappling with malaria. Working for the last 36 years at the National Institute of Malariology, Parasitology and Entomology (NIMPE) in Ha Noi, Tinh says every year she makes these trips to the malaria-infested hotspots to gather samples and conduct studies about the parasites that cause malaria in humans. In 2011, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan signed The National Strategy for Malaria Prevention, Fighting and Elimination from 2011 to 2020 with a vision until 2030. This Masterplan mobilised all relevant administrative and medical authorities to provide the population with preventive methods to reduce malaria cases in … [Read more...] about A step closer to an age without malaria
The first episode of the Vietnamese version of the children’s singing show “Giong Hat Viet Nhi” (“The Voice Kids”), broadcast on June 1, impressed local audiences with not only the children’s talent but also the twist that the little contestants preferred English songs over Vietnamese ones. The first episode of the Vietnamese version of the children’s singing show “Giong Hat Viet Nhi” (“The Voice Kids”), broadcast on June 1, impressed local audiences with not only the children’s talent but also the twist that the little contestants preferred English songs over Vietnamese ones. Following the format of the original Dutch version, “The Voice Kids” opened for kids aged 9 to 15 and includes a Blind Audition Round and a Battle Round before the Live Show, the final round. Twelve contestants on the first night of the contest, which is in its first year, helped make for a strong debut by showing their … [Read more...] about Contestants on “The Voice Kids” prefer English songs