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?
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 … [Read more...] about Grammar schools now pay more attention to career guidance
Could the language we speak skew our financial decision-making, and does the fact that you're reading this in English make you less likely than a Mandarin speaker to save for your old age? It is a controversial theory which has been given some weight by new findings from a Yale University behavioural economist, Keith Chen. Prof Chen says his research proves that the grammar of the language we speak affects both our finances and our health. Bluntly, he says, if you speak English you are likely to save less for your old age, smoke more and get less exercise than if you speak a language like Mandarin, Yoruba or Malay. Future-speak Prof Chen divides the world's languages into two groups, depending on how they treat the concept of time. Strong future-time reference languages (strong FTR) require their speakers to use a different tense when speaking of the future. Weak future-time reference (weak FTR) languages do not. "If I wanted to explain to an English-speaking colleague why I … [Read more...] about Why speaking English can make you poor when you retire
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’