Learning English through apps is not a new idea in Vietnam, but in 2018 Vietnam’s startup community saw the arrival of the ELSA app, or “English Language Speech Assistant”, which raised $3.2 million for its AI-assisted language learning platform. This pre-Series A round of funding was led by Monk’s Hill Ventures, which invests in post-seed stage startups in Southeast Asia. One education startup applies AI technology to help English learners with their pronunciation. Photo: Viet Tuan Unlike other platforms that focus mainly on teaching grammar and vocabulary, ELSA uses AI and speech recognition technology to help language learners with their pronunciation. “Our main focus is always on making the best product possible with better technology and a more engaging experience for users, while continuing to grow user numbers around the world,” Ms. Van Dinh Hong Vu, Co-Founder and CEO of ELSA, told VET. AI app in 4.0 era ELSA’s … [Read more...] about App for English pronunciation wins over learners
Argentine Sala was flying from the French city of Nantes to Cardiff when the plane lost radar contact off the English Channel island Guernsey late on Monday. Rescue aircraft and boats scoured more than 1,000 square miles of sea for the single-engine Piper Malibu on Tuesday. * A ruthless Petra Kvitova trampled on the hopes of the host nation with an emphatic 6-1 6-4 defeat of Ashleigh Barty to reach her second Australian Open semi-final on Tuesday. * Arsenal right back Hector Bellerin will be sidelined for six to nine months after sustaining a cruciate knee ligament injury in Saturday's 2-0 Premier League win over Chelsea. Bellerin, who was making his first start after returning from a calf injury, went down clutching his knee while challenging for the ball in the second half and was carried off the pitch on a stretcher. * Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo avoided jail on Tuesday but was ordered by a Spanish court to pay €3.57 million (US$4.1 million) for committing tax fraud when … [Read more...] about Cardiff City’s Sala missing after plane disappears over English Channel
At the Youth Entrepreneurship Forum 2018 last month, Minister of Information and Communication Nguyen Manh Hung suggested that the Prime Minister should soon recognize English as the second official language of Vietnam to help startups reach out to the world. The proposal stirred a heated discussion on social media and prompted numerous professionals to pitch in with their views and opinions. While some welcomed the idea and supported widespread use of the language in Vietnam, others were wary of the cultural, legal and other implications of formalizing it as an official language. Everyone agreed that it was good to improve English use and fluency in the country, so the debate boiled down to whether declaring and using it as an official language was a feasible, practical option for Vietnam. Professor Chung Hoang Chuong, who has juggled teaching at the University of California and doing research in Vietnam, was optimistic about Vietnam having two official languages. Chuong, currently a … [Read more...] about English as an official language in Vietnam: would it work?
The Ministry of Education and Training held an international workshop to improve English teaching quality in Vietnam on December 8. Ministry of Education and Training gathers opinions to improve English teaching at a meeting on December 8 Many proposals have been made from representatives from the British Council, IIG Vietnam, EMG and Apollo to improve the training courses and examinations. According to Cao Phuong Ha, director of Education First in Vietnam, in the past recent years, Vietnam's English proficiency index (EPI) of 7th in Asia has underlined the huge improvement in English teaching in Vietnam since 2011. The experts agreed that teachers play an important role in the system and it is necessary to have enough skilled teachers. The curriculum must be revised to be more interesting. There are also many proposals to set up and invest in an independent testing centre with skilled examiners from the ETS, British Council and Cambridge International Examinations. Minister … [Read more...] about Ministry gathers opinions to improve English teaching
MUSIC & PERFORMANCES Hanoi-Dance Performance “J-Dance” in Hanoi Dec 7 and 8, 8pm Youth Theatre, 11 Ngo Thi Nham, Hai Ba Trung district Introducing the diversity of dance and physical expression in Japan with contemporary dance and Butoh performances from five dancers, who are currently active in Japan and at international festivals. Hanoi- Ballet Performance “Nutcracker – Wonder Dream” Dec 5 and 6, 8pm Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien Street, Directed by Tran Ly Ly, the ballet stars soloists Thu Hue, Thu Hang, Dam Han Giang, and Van Nam, and artists from the Vietnam National Opera and Ballet. Under the baton of conductor Dong Quang Vinh, the ballet tells the story of Quynh Lan, who oversleeps on Christmas night and wakes up in a wonder land. She joins the Nutcracker Prince on an adventure with lots of surprises. Ticket prices: VND 300,000 - VND 400,000 - VND 500,000- VND 600,000 – VND700,000 HCMC- The Nutcracker HCM City … [Read more...] about What’s on December 3-9 (Daily updated)