Nowadays, it’s not surprising if you visit an English class and see a Vietnamese four-year-old little girl crying and moaning “Mom” in the classroom. Vietnamese parents gradually tend to encourage their kids to learn English when they are just small. English, an international language, is considered a compulsory subject at school in Vietnam. So, why is learning English these days so crucial for children?
It is undeniable that English plays an essential role in our lives. English creates better job opportunities, broadens our friendship circle, helps us access more online information, allows us to enjoy Hollywood movies, and is an excellent tool for us to travel and do business.
Before entering university, like other students, my reason to learn English was to get high grades and pass the test. At school, the teacher mainly focused on teaching us grammar, reading and writing skills. So we mainly did English exercises and ignored practising speaking and listening skills. After being a university student, I recognized the importance of practising all skills and met some difficulties at that time. Luckily, it’s just my generation’s story. Now, in each school in Vietnam, teachers pay more attention to all English skills in class, which can help students have an excellent foundation from the beginning.
There is no denying that interacting with native speakers plays an essential role to improve children’s English language skills. That’s why GROUND Asia designed unique teaching programs at pagodas and schools in summer for local children who were highly welcomed and appreciated by local people and parents.
In this program, the group will work with local teachers to come up with the most suitable teaching curriculum for kids. They taught them vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation through games and songs which were so fun. The kids love it!
Apart from learning time, they danced together. The groups taught kids some dances and the kids taught them back some Vietnamese dances. They also spend time chatting with each other and making friends.
Moreover, when participating in the programs, the group also has a chance to understand more about Vietnamese culture, education and Buddhism. They are also able to take part in some once-in-a-lifetime activities including participating in special celebrations in Vietnam at pagodas, trying local vegetarian food, joining the campfire, and learning how to weave baskets.
In Vietnam, foreigners are considered as little celebrities and they are warmly welcomed by Vietnamese, and especially by children if you are their teachers or teaching assistant.
GROUND is happy to welcome you to Vietnam and experience our English teaching programs, where you can develop your teaching skills, learn from the local teachers, and experience authentic Vietnam!
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