The contest is being held to choose Vietnam's national costume that will be worn by Vietnamese representative Hoang Thuy at the Miss Universe 2019 pageant. The sketch by designer Pham Quang Minh is one of many submissions based on this year’s contest theme – Vietnam essence. It is marked by a picture frame around the head and a bowl of incense around the hip. The dress’s rear carries images of a table full of food offerings including a boiled chicken and a plate with a variety of fruits, which relate to the Vietnamese tradition of ancestor worship. On Miss Universe Vietnam's Facebook page, the sketch is leading the voting poll with more than 52,000 likes and 25,000 comments. In a photo caption, Minh explained that the costume is meant to highlight the significance of ancestor worship among Vietnamese people. Many people lavished praise for the sketch saying it is an original idea that accurately captured Eastern culture. But many said the contest organizers … [Read more...] about Altar-inspired costume raises eyebrows in Vietnam
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The program was an opportunity for cadets from military academies and schools to meet and share their English learning methods, to raise their English language competence as well as to improve quality of English learning and teaching at military academies’ and schools in the coming time. At the exchange program The highlight of the program were a short video clip reviewing English language teaching and learning at military academies and schools, and exchanges of excellent English language learners of the first training course held by the Department of Military School Management. During the event, participants enjoyed interesting art performances by cadets. Vietnamese and English songs aroused troops’ enthusiasm and determination to build the nation and the army. An art performance at the event Over the past time, military academies and schools have fostered education and training, especially foreign language teaching, showing their efforts … [Read more...] about Military academies and schools to foster English language teaching
Nguyễn Văn Dũng (right) and his assistants under a tarpaulin on the island under Nhật Tân Bridge. The 49-year-old has spent the past 30 years recovering dead bodies from the Red River. VNS Photo Bảo Hoa HÀ NỘI —“I don’t need to go find the bodies. It’s a gut feeling that I have. Whenever I have an uneasy feeling I’d go to the river, and there they are.” Nguyễn Văn Dũng is a peach-grower by trade but has found himself a far more macabre pastime. This unassuming 49-year-old does a job no one else wants to do, but it is a job he feels really needs to be done. For the past 30 years, Dũng has been recovering dead bodies from the Red River. He estimates the amount of cadavers he’s pulled from the water easily tops the 650 mark. “Normal people wouldn’t touch dead bodies when they see them,” he said, leaning back on his makeshift bed under … [Read more...] about Farmer rescues bodies of the dead
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?
Many experts have raised concerns about the quality of language centres in Vietnam. Nguyen Tien Dung, chairman of Langmaster English Centre, issued a public apology The Ministry of Education and Training has issued Circular 31 about operational regulations of computer and language centres to replace Circular 3 issued in 2011. Provincial authorities are responsible for directing departments of education and training to work with localities to inspect the centres. The departments must publicise the list of all active computer and language centres in the area including commitments about quality, their establishment dates and locations for public monitoring. Nguyen Lam Giang, regional manager in Southeast Asia of Waikato University from New Zealand, said mostly small and unlicensed language centres were substandard. Giang also said that the authorities often asked the centres to submit their teacher list before issuing licenses. But in reality, many there is a high turnover of … [Read more...] about Concerns over low-quality language centres raised