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?
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A cheating ring at the University of Iowa demonstrates the damage being done by a booming East Asian industry on the U.S. higher education system. Some students hire companies to write application essays, help them game the SAT, and even do their college coursework. REUTERS/Koh Gui Qing The advertisements were tailored for Chinese college students far from home, struggling with the English language and an unfamiliar culture. Coaching services peppered the students with emails and chat messages in Chinese, offering to help foreign students at U.S. colleges do much of the work necessary for a university degree. The companies would author essays for clients. Handle their homework. Even take their exams. All for about a $1,000 a course. For dozens of Chinese nationals at the University of Iowa, the offers proved irresistible. "Test-taking services. Paper-writing. Take Online Courses for you," says the social-messaging profile of one Chinese coaching outfit used by Iowa students, UI … [Read more...] about How an industry helps Chinese students cheat their way into and through U.S. colleges
The competition, whose theme is "How Do You View Environmental Issues in Viet Nam?", is open to any native speaker of Vietnamese currently enrolled full-time in a high school, college, or university in the country Each essay must be typed and no longer than 1,000 words. Essays will be judged on relevance to the theme of the contest; clarity of the thesis; originality and creativity; rhetorical sophistication; and technical quality of writing, including organization, grammar, syntax, and form. The top five winners will receive prizes and certificates, and will be invited to present their essays at an award ceremony to be held on April 26 at the Kim Do Hotel. The deadline for this competition is April 15. Students can submit their entries by mail to Institute of International Education, 69 Hoang Hoa Tham Street, Binh Thanh District or by email to [email protected] … [Read more...] about U.S. Consulate, Edu. Organization Hold Earth Day Essay Contest
Traditional Miscellany (08-01-2006) Classic literature teaches use, love of language by Huu Ngoc Authors from around the world have collaborated with The Gioi Publishers to put together a collection of bilingual stories selected from the world's greatest literature. The stories, published both in English and Vietnamese and condensed to pocketbook format, are designed to link Vietnamese readers with other cultures. As remembered by American writer Lady Borton, intensive efforts were made by both foreign contributors and Vietnamese staff in putting into print the first fifteen selections, including works by William Shakespeare, Robert Louis Stevenson, Lewis Carroll, Charles Dickens, Jack London, Henry Lawson, Joseph Conrad, Guy de Maupassant, Gustave Flaubert, Leo Tolstoy, Hans Christian Andersen and others. This, in my opinion, is a good start and a commendable effort to correct the somewhat utilitarian approach taken to the teaching of English in Viet Nam these days. This attitude is … [Read more...] about Classic literature teaches use, love of language
The educational sector has never attracted so much attention, and also concern, from the press and the public, as it has now. For years, in most cases, the press and the public, not authorized inspectors, shed light on the wrongdoings in education. It was the media and the people that exposed the phenomenon we call â€œpaper doctors,â€ doctorate holders that have no real knowledge of their field, and universities licensed to open without adequate lecturers, facilities and curricula. We cannot help worrying about education as it is vital to any society or economy, which depends on the citizens that schools produce. … [Read more...] about Mis-education nation