Some say Vietnamese culture must be respected, while others say calling students by English names is no big deal An official statement from an education department leader in Ho Chi Minh City, who said giving students English names during language classes is “against Vietnam’s traditional education,” has sparked fresh debate among Tuoi Tre News readers. Unlike the controversial rule to ban audiovisual tools from English teaching in citywide primary schools, the ‘name issue’ is winning support from English teachers, native and local. Vietnamese don’t need English names Commenting on Tuoi Tre News’ Facebook Page, Michael David Kemp said he agrees “100 percent” with the idea that students not be called by anything other than their Vietnamese names. “Vietnamese names mean something and have a meaning behind them,” he wrote. “I always try to learn [how to say] my students Vietnamese names.” … [Read more...] about Phuc or Fuchsia? Should Vietnamese students have Western names in English classes?
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Soliciting divine counsel from picture cards is on the rise in Ho Chi Minh City Many coffee shops in Ho Chi Minh City currently offer Tarot readings to satisfy the growing demand from young customers seeking guidance on personal issues. At a Tarot reading coffee shop in District 10, a crowd of young people eagerly await their turn with the reader, seemingly unconcerned with their usual weekday responsibilities. “For privacy reasons, only one customer is allowed to sit with the Tarot reader at a time. Friends have to wait outside,” a young employee explained. The first 30 minutes of Tarot reading costs VND150,000 (US$7). An additional VND20,000 ($1) is added to the bill for every 10 extra minutes the customer wishes to spend with the reader. Before entering the room, customers are reminded that they may ask any question except those related to death and fortune. The consultation then begins when the reader expertly spreads the 78-card Tarot deck into a perfect arch … [Read more...] about Vietnamese youths seek guidance through Tarot cards
Leaders of the International School @ ParkCity Hanoi cut the ribbon at its inauguration ceremony. — VNS Photo The International School @ ParkCity Hanoi (ISPH) was officially opened on Friday in Hà Nội, bringing the newest international school to the capital over the past three years. ISPH becomes the second international school launched by the ParkCity Group, following in the footsteps of the International School @ ParkCity Kuala Lumpur (ISPKL), which opened in Malaysia in 2011. ISPKL now has more than 1,100 students representing over 50 nationalities and was recently graded “outstanding” in all eight standards and awarded Gold status by ISQM Accreditation (International Schools Quality Mark). Both schools employ teachers of the very highest calibre. ISPH’s Leadership Team is able to draw on extensive international experience, including many years working together previously at ISPKL. Located in ParkCity Hanoi urban area in the western fringe of … [Read more...] about The newest UK style international school opened in Hà Nội