Students at Vietnam USA Society English Centers. Photo courtesy of VUS HCM CITY — Foreign-language instruction could greatly improve the quality of the educational system, but language-proficiency outcomes in recent years have been disappointing, Minister of Education and Training Phùng Xuân Nhạ has said. The ministry had made great efforts to improve the quality of foreign-language instruction, but the expected goals had not been met, Nhạ said at a forum held on Saturday in HCM City. Nhạ said that teaching needed to be improved at the primary to high school levels so that less time was needed to study a foreign language at tertiary levels. To improve teaching, schools should learn more about teaching methodologies and materials used by foreign-language training centres in Việt Nam. Many English teachers in Vietnamese schools … [Read more...] about Foreign languages key for development of education
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Aging population also goes with prevalence and correlates of chronic non-infectious diseases in an elderly population. The Central Geriatric Hospital in Hanoi is always crowded with patients; some of them are escorted by their relatives. A 71 year old inpatient in Hanoi often seeks doctors for medicine though he has taken medication already. He is diagnosed with memory loss. Meantime, Bach Mai Hospital’s Mental Health institute, medical workers said that there has been a rise in people with brain disorder. More importantly, most senior citizens go to the institute to treat another illness not brain disorders but doctors find out they also suffer brain disorders. Head of Mental Health institute Tran Thi Ha An shared the proportion of Vietnamese elderly people suffering brain disorders increase gradually especially those above 65. Researches have showed that around 4.8 percent – 5 percent of people over 60 ( or around 500,000) suffer from mental problems. The most popular … [Read more...] about Vietnam suffers from aging population, brain disorder
Chinese scientists announced Thursday they had cloned five monkeys from a single animal that was genetically engineered to have a sleep disorder, saying it could aid research into human psychological problems. Monkey clones Zhong Zhong (left) and Hua Hua at a research institution in Suzhou in China's Jiangsu province. (Photo: AFP) The claim, detailed in two reports published in a Chinese science journal, is the latest in a series of biomedical advances in the country, some of which have fuelled medical ethics debates. Most recently a Chinese scientist claimed last year he had altered the DNA of babies to make them HIV-proof. A research team from the Institute of Neuroscience at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shanghai said it had altered the genes of a macaque to give it circadian rhythm disorder, in which the body's "clock" is out of sync with normal sleep times. They went on to clone five macaques from that individual, and found that the new monkeys -- born over … [Read more...] about China clones gene-edited monkeys to aid disorder research
VietNamNet Bridge - General Secretary of the Vietnam Linguistics Association Pham Van Tinh says language disorders are a product of modern society. Children may suffer if they are forced to learn foreign languages too early and follow the wrong methods. General Secretary of the Vietnam Linguistics Association Pham Van Tinh Experts believe that an early age is the best time for kids to start learning a foreign language. However, opinions vary about what ‘early age’ means. In Vietnam, some urban parents believe that their children should be studying English at the age of two or three, while others fear learning a foreign language at an early age increase the risk of language disorders among children. The critical age for children to use English is 5-6, when they obtain basic vocabulary. At this age, children can learn a second language quickly. The critical age for children to use English is 5-6, when they obtain basic vocabulary. At this age, children can learn a … [Read more...] about Language disorders: product of modern society?
Illustration image by Đỗ Minh ChíViet Nam News by Khánh Linh The clip is only three minutes long, but it has Vietnamese parents up in arms: it depicts young Vietnamese children who started studying English at a very early age, even before they fluently spoke their mother tongue, struggling to express themselves in either language. The clip immediately sparked a debate on the unforeseen impacts of early foreign language education among parents. The largest concern is that foreign language study for children under three can raise the risk of language disorders. Some children end up struggling with Vietnamese or need to work with a language therapist. Parents’ comments revealed their worries. They had considered it essential to teach their kids to sing English songs and learn simple words on Youtube or via learning software—but now they are trying to decide if there’s a downside. Some said they would keep their children from studying English … [Read more...] about Fears of language disorders dampen parents’ enthusiasm for English