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)
At the launching ceremony. Source: soha.vn The application is a huge digital library of interactive e-books for kids, which features different subjects in daily life. One of the special topics in the app. is on Vietnam’s national sovereignty over seas and islands. Particularly, children are able to read more stories about troops stationed on islands, the Vietnam People’s Navy, and naval soldiers’ families on the mainland. The app. has so far been used by more than a million of children in over 100 countries worldwide. Translated by Song Anh … [Read more...] about English learning application to educate children on Vietnam’s seas and islands
Saigon Times Group launches online news site in EnglishThe Saigon Times Daily Pham Huu Chuong, deputy editor-in-chief of The Saigon Times Group, makes welcoming remarks at the ceremony - PHOTOS: THANH HOA HCMC – The Saigon Times Group today, November 2, introduced the online version of its English daily newspaper at https://english.thesaigontimes.vn on the occasion of the 23rd anniversary of The Saigon Times Daily and the 27th anniversary of The Saigon Times Weekly. Pham Huu Chuong, deputy editor-in-chief of the group, said digital technologies have altered the way people get news. Therefore, the group has developed the online news website in English to instantly inform readers, especially foreign ones, of what is happening in HCMC and Vietnam as a whole. "Digital technologies have fundamentally changed the media landscape in our society. And the new media landscape has altered how people consume news, as mobile devices have become one of the most common ways to access … [Read more...] about Saigon Times Group launches online news site in English