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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By Robert Bicknell Comedian Billy Crystal joined the cast of Saturday Night Live the 1984-85 season. His most famous recurring sketch was his parody of Fernando Lamas, a smarmy talk-show host whose catch phrase was “It is better to look better than to feel good and, darling, you look Mahvelous!” became a media sensation So, here’s an interesting question… Is it better to look good, or to play good? (Grammar critics stop screaming, I know “play good” is wrong, but it’s the only way it fits the set up correctly. Call it, artistic licence and shaddap). The reason behind this is that I see far too many people on the driving ranges trying to swing like Tour pros and failing miserably. The painstakingly compare their swings to what they see on YouTube and keep making changes, despite not having the physical characteristics or strengths of the player in the video. So the question is, do you want to look like you can play golf, or do you want to … [Read more...] about Look good, or play good?
Tran Thi Thuy participates in conference for innovative education on information technology platform in January 2019. Photo: Tuoi Tre The passionate teacher was recognized for her creativity, motivation, and efforts to connect poor students of her region to the international community. Thuy is also highly evaluated by her colleagues for making her lessons interactive with the help of technology that students would usually not have access to in the Red River Delta. Creativity brought her the prize Tran Thi Thuy was shocked when she found out that, out of 10,000 nominees from 178 countries, her name was on the shortlist for the Global Teacher Prize. “I still remember that one day it was pouring rain and there was water dripping to my house from the ceiling,” Thuy shared. “I was trying to figure out how to get rid of all the water when I received a phone call from a Japanese teacher asking for my email and some personal information.” It wasn’t … [Read more...] about Vietnamese woman to join global community of creative teachers
Newton Grammar School in Cổ Nhuế - Nam Cường Urban Area in Bắc Từ Liêm District. – Photo courtesy of the school Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI – The International Educational Cooperation Department under the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET), on Tuesday asked Newton Grammar School in Bắc Từ Liêm District to end its relationship with George Washington International School (GWIS) in the US. The request was made after GWIS was confirmed to be an unregistered school. A report issued by MoET said GWIS did not perform any educational activities in the US or have any national or regional accreditation. Earlier, on April 13, MoET issued a dispatch asking Hà Nội Department of Education and Training to investigate the case. Newton Grammar School has been told to end its co-operation with GWIS and work to guarantee the benefits of students partaking in courses linked with GWIS … [Read more...] about Newton Grammar School asked to end its cooperation with US ’ghost school’
An international school in Hanoi has been ordered to cut all ties with another international school in the United States following allegations the school doesn't actually exist, Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training said in a statement released on Tuesday. The Newton Grammar School (NGS) in Hanoi has been asked to sever its collaboration with the George Washington International School (GWIS) in the United States by the ministry. The collaboration allows students from NGS to study on a bilingual learning program, under which they learn subjects like math, science and languages following the GWIS curriculum. Suspicions over the status of GWIS were raised when a Facebook user posted a comment claiming it to be a "ghost school", meaning a school that doesn't actually function or even exist. The post said the school's official website does not provide information regarding the school's year of establishment, or the name of the principal and faculty members. The school's … [Read more...] about International school in Hanoi told to sever ties with US faculty over scam allegations