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
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’
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