The Vietnam News Agency Television Channel (VNews) will launch weekly news broadcasts in French and Spanish as of Jan. 8. Started operating in August 2010, VNews is the first channel specialising only in news provision in Vietnam, broadcasting 24 hours a day. After nearly one year of operation, the channel launched news in English and Chinese. The channel's coverage has reached 63 cities and provinces nationwide via digital satellite and nearly 40 cities and provinces via cable television network. VNews programmes could be also watched online via the Internet and on mobile phones. Source: VNA … [Read more...] about Vnews to broadcast news in French, Spanish
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Editor’s note: Van Nguyen is a graduate student in applied linguistics from the University of Melbourne, with a background and interest in technology in second language teaching.Van has joined Tuoi Tre News’ discussion on whether music and smart boards should be banned in English teaching. Share your opinion with us in the comment box below or mail it to [email protected] a language teacher and applied linguist, the news of a ban on audiovisual tools and technology leaves me concerned.On one hand, I understand that many teachers overuse or misuse technology in the classroom, as some of them may turn on music or play a video and call it a day.On the other hand, banning technology is such a backward move, especially in the 21st century where technology is increasingly being used in education.As I see it, the problem is not about technology itself, but how it is used in the classroom that matters.The use of multimedia and digital tools in language teaching has been … [Read more...] about No audiovisual tools in English teaching in Vietnam? Tech is not the problem
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.” Veronnica Nagathota, who on her Facebook page says she is an “Australian woman who adores Vietnam,” believes that native … [Read more...] about Phuc or Fuchsia? Should Vietnamese students have Western names in English classes?
Bien Ban Chien Tranh 1-2-3-4.75’ (A War Account January-April, 1975), a historical novel by Vietnamese writer-journalist, Tran Mai Hanh, was recently released in English by the National Political Publishing House-The Truth.The cover of the English version of ‘A War Account January-April, 1975’ The 500-page novel, translated by Manh Chuong, truthfully recounts the last days of the fall of the American-backed Saigon regime between January and April 1975. It is developed based on interviews with and confessions of figures in key positions in the regime.The Vietnamese version of the novel, released in 2014, won the Vietnam Writers Association’s Literature Award (VWALA) in 2014 in the prose category, and the Southeast Asian Writers Award (S.E.A.Write Award) in 2015.The novel has been highly appreciated by the juries of the awards because of its objective journalistic narrative, and unique literary value, providing readers with an overview of the Great Spring Victory … [Read more...] about Literature award-winning historical novel debuts in English
Korean Andong Culture Day held in Hoi AnThe Andong Cultural Day is taking place at 106 Bach Dang street in the UNESCO-recognised ancient town of Hoi An from November 14-16, featuring Vietnamese and Korean traditional culture.The event was jointly hosted by Hoi An city in the central province of Quang Nam, Andong city of the Republic of Korea (RoK) and the International Mask Arts & Culture Organisation (IMACO).It features folk music instrument performances, traditional dances of Vietnam and the RoK and Vietnam’s tuong (Classical drama) as well as performances of the K-Pop group of RionFive, popular singers Park Hye-min and Cho Choyong Min, among others.Andong’s tourism potential and traditional cuisines of Vietnam and the RoK are also introduced at the event.Nguyen Van Dung, Chairman of the Hoi An city People’s Committee, said following the Quang Nam Heritage Festival 2017 and the Andong Mask Dance Festival in Andong in October, the event marks the long-standing … [Read more...] about Art & Entertainment News In Brief