Viet Nam News A woman in the northern province of Quảng Ninh has not let things get in the way of her dreams. Nguyễn Thị Hải Yến always wanted to become a teacher but things became very difficult for her when she lost both legs in an accident. Now, she teaches other people who are disabled. Not only does she teach them English, she is also there to make them feel good about themselves. by Nghĩa Hiếu As a child, Nguyễn Thị Hải Yến of Đông Triều town in the northern province of Quảng Ninh province dreamed of becoming a teacher. A serious accident, in which Yến lost both legs, threatened to end that dream. She was 18 years old, full of confidence and hope for the future. The accident proved to be a challenge for Yến, and she was determined that it would not stop her. She would go on to inspire and encourage others to overcome similar fates. And eventually, after much sweat and tears, Yến managed to see her dream come true. We visited one of Yến's classes, and saw both students and … [Read more...] about Shining example leads the way
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Whew... well now that 2016 is finally behind us... is 2017 going to be awesome? I guess that depends on your focus. For me, just being alive is enough to ensure that it’ll be a great year. Whew... well now that 2016 is finally behind us... is 2017 going to be awesome? I guess that depends on your focus. For me, just being alive is enough to ensure that it’ll be a great year. The fact that Donald Trump will take office as the next president of the United States makes the ‘Year of the Rooster’ more eerily appropriate than we could ever have imagined. Certainly he’ll be strutting his stuff in Washington, D.C. His actions will have an impact on trade and the economy, that’s for sure; but if he manages to slap China in the face and get away with it... I’ll buy him a beer. One prediction I plucked from the Internet was that ‘The Year of the Rooster represents a period of hard work and activity, as the rooster is busy from morning to night. … [Read more...] about New Year in Vietnam: What’s next in 2017?
Seoul exhibition spotlights China’s illicit island reclamation A photo exhibition on China’s illegal construction of artificial islands in the East Sea was opened at the Kyung Hee University, a renowned school in Seoul of the Republic of Korea (RoK), on November 29. The event is held by the association of descendants of Vietnam’s Ly dynasty family in the RoK as part of the 11 th festival of Vietnamese students in the country. It features more than 40 photos on China’s illegal island reclamation and building in the East Sea and copies of old maps proving Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes. Opening the display, Chairman of the association Lee Seung Young said the East Sea is home to an international shipping route which is important to all countries inside and outside of the region. The maintenance of an environment of peace, stability and development in the waters is the responsibility of all nations and … [Read more...] about Social News 30/11
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 … [Read more...] about ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 17/3
Lang Du Friday Night with Flamenco Every Fri night, 14 Jun - 16 Aug 2013, 9 - 10.30 pm StarClub 87 Lang Ha (inside National Cinema Center) Lãng Du Friday Night is a series of Friday music nights by Lang Du band. Each night will have a featured theme based on Flamenco performed by the band, in cooperation with two other artists and guests. There can be additional dancers, or players of saxophone, violon, flute or other traditional music instruments aligned with the night theme. Tentative themes 1. Flamenco Night - La Isla Bonita (14 Jun): Guest singer Ha Thuong - former president of FTU Music Club, Ly Minh Hieu - Latin singer of Lang Du band and dancers 2. Trinh Night - Dear I, don't despair (21 Jun): Tentative singer Lo Thuy - Giang Chau with saxophonist Manh Hoa 3. Flamenco Night - Dance of string (28 Jun): Honor the stringed instruments in ensembles and New - Flamenco, tentative artists: Violinist Hai Van (Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra), monochord/36-string zither: Thanh Phuong … [Read more...] about EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 1-15 (daily updated)
A: Welcome to VOV’s Letter Box. This feature airs every Wednesday. This week a Christmas atmosphere is starting to be felt in Vietnam. Temporarily putting off aside their economic woes, Vietnamese people, especially Christians, are eagerly preparing for Christmas. B: Although a predominantly Buddhist country, Vietnam celebrates Chrismast still as one of its four main annual religious festivals along with Lunar New Year, the mid-autumn festival, and Buddha’s birthday. It’s a huge event and Christmas Eve is a grand party when the fun-loving and sociable Vietnamese, whether Christian or not, celebrate with gusto. A: In Vietnam these days you’ll see a big nativity scene with life-sized statues of Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, shepherds and animals set up in front of every major church including Notre Dame Cathedral in Ho Chi Minh City, Saint Joseph’s Cathedral in Hanoi. B: Sparkling lights adorn on trees on the street and the fronts of houses, turning certain … [Read more...] about Wednesday, December 12th, 2012
Vietnam aims to achieve in 7 years something that took Singapore three decades Hundreds of thousands of students sitting for their university entrance examinations this week would have been surprised to know that many of their teachers were sharing their acute anxiety. "I just feel extremely nervous," said Nguyen Duc Nghiem, a junior high school English teacher in Ho Chi Minh City. "The upcoming test is wearing me down," he told Vietweek. Nghiem is among some 86,000 English teachers across Vietnam who are taking European standard exams aimed at gauging if they are competent enough to churn out an English-savvy young workforce by 2020 as part of an ambitious government project. The tests for the teachers are being carried out gradually until 2015 and those who fail the screening can face dismissal. "I only wish we had more time to get prepared for such tough tasks," Nghiem said. The timeframe of the project has been severely criticized by independent experts, who doubt … [Read more...] about Pygmalion effect unlikely to propel Vietnam’s English upgrade plans
How Do Children Learn English Effectively? When is the best time to start learning English and what is the best method for children? Dr Nguyen Minh Duc, Head of the School Consulting Centre under the Vietnam Education Management Institute; Mr Gavan Iacono, General Director of Language Link Vietnam; and Hoang Hai Linh, 9th grade student at Hanoi - Amsterdam Gifted School, spoke on this topic. Thu Huyen reports. What is the best age for children to start learning English and what is the best method for them? - Mr Gavan Iacono: In my opinion, the best ages for a kid to start learning English are from five to seven. International research shows learning English at a young age not only has no effect on the ability to learn Vietnamese, but can also help the student speak their mother tongue more logically. The age to learn a foreign language best and quickest is under 10. Beginning later will require more time for study, because comprehensibility is slower. Therefore, many parents … [Read more...] about How Do Children Learn English Effectively?
Several attractive activities aiming to provide career guidance to high school students are being regularly organised in order to equip students with updated knowledge about careers to help them choose suitable academic disciplines. For a long time, grammar schools have been criticized for providing inadequate career guidance. Since students do not have sufficient knowledge about careers, they simply choose schools to continue study based on their intuitions. Taking university entrance exams to become university students after finishing secondary school is the norm, even though many students are not well prepared for the exam or are interested in careers that do not require university. “Study at universities first, think about jobs later,” is the thought of many students. As a result, many incapable students fail the university entrance exams after wasting their parents’ money on exam preparation. Other students become university students, but they quit school after a … [Read more...] about Grammar schools now pay more attention to career guidance
Sa Pa strives to become key global tourist attraction With beautiful landscapes, friendly people and special cultural identities, Sa Pa town in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai has been exerting every effort to become a key tourist attraction in the world. The information was revealed by Nguyen Huu The, Vice Chairman of the provincial People's Committee at a recent press conference introducing political, cultural and tourist events in the province between 2016 and 2017. To make the dream come true, Sa Pa is focusing on improving infrastructure, accommodations and services to better serve tourists, especially the building of accommodation facilities of three stars or more, said Ha Manh Thang, Director of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism. The upcoming inauguration of the Lao Cai-Sa Pa expressway is expected to make it easier for the town to lure visitors, he added. Located at 1,600 metres above the sea level in Vietnam's northwest mountains, Sa … [Read more...] about Social News 18/9