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
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The Ministry of Education and Training will adjust English teaching following the failure of the 2008-2020 national Teaching and Learning Foreign Languages in the National Education System Project. The 2008-2020 project requires university graduates not majoring in foreign languages to reach B1 level, third ranking in the six levels under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The new English programme will be adjusted to prioritise encourage student practice It takes 360 to 400 hours of teaching for students to advance from level A2 to B1 level. But the current total of English teaching at school is about 100 hours. At present, English lessons at Vietnamese schools still concentrate on grammar, not interactive skills. The number of students per class is too high, and there are only three hours of English lessons per week. Nguyen Xuan Thanh, deputy director of the General Secondary Education Department, said that English teaching and learning methods of the new … [Read more...] about English teaching to be improved following national project failure
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
Back to English Comments Football - January 11, 2019 | 05:16 pm GMT+7 Coach Park Hang-seo is also focusing on shoring up the team's defense before clashing against the strongest group D team. After a day of rest, the Vietnamese men's team went back to training at the Sultan Bin Zayed Stadium on Thursday, leaving the defeat against Iraq behind to focus on the next game with Iran, the strongest team in group D.Physical trainer Willander Fonseca (in yellow) divided the team into two groups for many warm-up exercises.Coach Park said at the post Iraq match interview that the team will have to practice more on dealing with set pieces, as Vietnam conceded a goal from a free kick in the last minute, which cost them the match. Accordingly, set piece excercise was deployed during the training. He had the simulated fence set up and told the players to communicate better to avoid blocking the goalkeeper's vision.After the loss against Iraq, several people commented that goalkeeper Dang … [Read more...] about Vietnam train to improve on set pieces ahead of Iran match – VnExpress International
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?