A cheating ring at the University of Iowa demonstrates the damage being done by a booming East Asian industry on the U.S. higher education system. Some students hire companies to write application essays, help them game the SAT, and even do their college coursework. REUTERS/Koh Gui Qing The advertisements were tailored for Chinese college students far from home, struggling with the English language and an unfamiliar culture. Coaching services peppered the students with emails and chat messages in Chinese, offering to help foreign students at U.S. colleges do much of the work necessary for a university degree. The companies would author essays for clients. Handle their homework. Even take their exams. All for about a $1,000 a course. For dozens of Chinese nationals at the University of Iowa, the offers proved irresistible. "Test-taking services. Paper-writing. Take Online Courses for you," says the social-messaging profile of one Chinese coaching outfit used by Iowa students, UI … [Read more...] about How an industry helps Chinese students cheat their way into and through U.S. colleges
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Photo exhibition depicts country's land and people An exhibition featuring 117 photos taken by 14 members by the Viet Nam Association of Photographic Artists are on display at the Museum of Cham Sculpture in Da Nang. The exhibition, titled A Meet of March, depicts the country's landscape and people in preparation for the 40th celebration of the country's Reunification Day (April 30) and the city's Liberation Day (March 29). The event also marks the 62nd anniversary of the Viet Nam Photographic Day (March 15). The exhibition will run until next Tuesday. Artist sells paintings to save wife's life It may not be the ideal way to present a painter's work, but Pham Khac Quang is trying to gather every last penny he can to save his wife, currently in a coma at Ha Noi's Viet Duc hospital. Quang's wife slipped into a coma after undergoing two operations on March 13 to terminate a nine-week foetus and remove gall bladder and kidney stones. Doctors have said that blood infection caused by … [Read more...] about Art & Entertainment News 17/3
Dr. Grammar says: "What's wrong with these sentences? I often eat two rices at lunch because I get very hungry." EXPLANATION: Nouns can be either countable, uncountable, or both! This means we can either count them (1, 2, 3 etc.) or not. For example: = 4 stars (so star is countable) = lightning (so lightning is uncountable) Countable Nouns Countable nouns can either be singular or plural, and we show this by using an "s" on the end if it is plural. For example: I have a dog. = singular (just one) I have two dogs. = plural (more than one) When a countable noun in singular, we must use a word before it, such as a/an/the/this/one. (See the grammar lesson on "Articles" for more information on this). For example: I have a dog. This dog is mine. I would like to have more than one dog. When countable nouns are plural, we can use them without articles. For example: I have many dogs. However, some nouns are irregular, and you can't just add an "s" to the end. See the list below of some common … [Read more...] about Nouns – Countable or uncountable?
VietNamNet Bridge - Educators are complaining about the virtues of school students nowadays, saying that they are not only lazy in expressing their opinions during lessons, but they also lazy when doing house work. Do Tan Ngoc, a teacher in Quang Ngai province said that when it comes to expressing their opinions in class, students in higher grades tend to be lazier than those in lower grades. Ngoc said he has come to his conclusion after comparing contemporary students with students 7-8 years ago. A conclusion has been drawn from a mini survey conducted on 100 high school students that students do not want speak their mind because they do not prepare for the lessons at home. A lack of self-confidence has also been cited as a reason. Meanwhile, teachers have also been blamed for their teaching method: since they still do not have an attractive teaching method, lesson hours are unattractive to students. What regularly happens during lessons is that teachers read the lecture and … [Read more...] about Educators say grammar school students nowadays are too lazy
Hanoi to host int'l conference on geological parks Around 350 delegates will attend the second international conference on geological parks in the Asia-Pacific region to be held in Hanoi from July 16-24. Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) Nguyen Linh Ngoc said that the ministry's decision to organise the event shows Vietnam's support for the UNESCO initiative to develop and preserve geological parks around the world. It will also help raise Vietnam's international status in the field. Tran Tan Van, Deputy Head of the Institute for Geological and Mineral Sciences, said that the conference will comprise of two plenary sessions as well as other sessions focusing on special subjects. Vietnam currently has only one geological park in the northern province of Ha Giang. This conference will provide a good chance for the country to learn valuable information on managing and developing a national system of geological parks. It will also help coordinate … [Read more...] about ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 17/3