The investment round for ELSA, a mobile app that uses artificial intelligence and speech recognition technology to help language learners improve their English pronunciation, was led by Gradient Ventures, Google’s AI-focused venture fund. According to tech news provider Engadget, the Google fund will also offer "technical mentorship" to AI startups. ELSA will gain access to Google itself, including prominent figures such as investor and futurist Ray Kurzweil, design mastermind Matias Duarte and X lab leader Astro Teller. U.S. fund SOSV and Singaporean Monk’s Hill Ventures, strategic investment funds from the previous investment round, also invested in the app. In three years after its establishment, ELSA has successfully attracted $12 million through funding rounds in Silicon Valley, the U.S. and Asia. CEO and co-founder Van Dinh Hong Vu revealed that this round of funding will help the startup continue to recruit computer engineers and computer scientists in AI, and to … [Read more...] about English learning app co-founded by Vietnamese raises $7 million
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Participants are seated in groups so everyone gets a chance to talk (Photo: VOV) The project’s cafes involve no registration, no attendance sheet, and of course, no homework, but still try to help students improve their English conversation skills. The “No name” café, which is part of the “Talks Café 100% English” project, is hidden in a small alley along Pham Van Thuan street in Bien Hoa, Dong Nai province. Like the other cafés in the project, “No name” is an ordinary coffee shop during the day, but turns into an English class at night. The participants are diverse in age, gender, and job, but all have to follow one basic rule: “No Vietnamese maybe spoken in class”. Through activities led by a qualified instructor, participants learn to make small talk and work effectively in teams while improving their pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary. By creating a friendly environment where people can … [Read more...] about Talks Café, a learning English start-up project by Dinh Minh Quyen
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
VietNamNet Bridge - Eleven percent of university students say they study English only at school, while nearly 90 percent of students take extra English lessons at foreign language centers or via the internet, because lessons at school are not sufficient to pass exams. Most students have to take extra English classes The statistics were released by the Institute for Economic Information and Development which carried out a survey of 600 first- and fourth-year students at three schools – the Hanoi University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vinh University and the HCMC University of Social Sciences and Humanities. 89 percent of students have to take extra English classes to improve their English skills, because English lessons at school do not have enough practice time. Notably, 17 percent of students were still in ‘A1’ and 19.2 percent in ‘A2’, which means that after one to three years at university, they still had foreign language … [Read more...] about 90 percent of university students take extra English classes