1,900 lower-secondary teachers of English in 19 cities and provinces across the country recently attended three hour workshops delivered by the British Council working in partnership with Prudential. The workshops promoted how teachers can integrate Prudential Cha-Ching videos into their English lessons to encourage teachers to use integrated learning technology and provide a real and meaningful context for learning English. These materials can be accessed through the VTSN website teachingenglish.edu.vn as a free resource to help develop the teaching of English in schools.
Last year, British Council Vietnam started working on creating a bank of high quality supplementary materials using the Cha Ching financial literacy videos provided by Prudential that have been aligned to the national English curriculum. Each video comes with a number of short supplementary activities to provide lower secondary learners with great opportunities to practice English in the classroom and at the same time provide them with some financial literacy skills for the future.
These supplementary materials have been uploaded onto the Vietnam teaching website which provides supplementary resources and activities for basic education teachers in Vietnam that have been mapped specifically to the state curriculum from Grades 3 to 5 for the Primary school, 6 and 7 for lower secondary and Grades 10 - 12 for the high school. The site also has an active forum where teachers can sign up to join and has materials for professional development. There are currently 7000 members, 60,000 downloads and nearly 200,000 unique visits since October 2011.
British Council worked with DOETs, schools and trainers in 19 provinces to successfully deliver the workshops to 1,900 lower-secondary teachers of English in 19 cities and provinces across the country including Ha Noi, Ho Chi Minh, Hai Phong, Binh Dinh, Quang Ninh, Thai Nguyen, Dak Lak, Binh Duong, Ba Ria – Vung Tau, Hai Duong, Da Nang, Hung Yen, Can Tho, Lam Dong, Nghe An, Dong Thap, Dong Nai, Lai Chau and Bac Kan from 23 July to 16th August 2014.
This cooperation contributes towards the MOET 2020 National Foreign language programme’s end goals of upgrading the use of ICT in the classroom and the end goal of preparing Vietnamese learners upon graduation to use English in their study and to be confident in communicating in English in a multicultural and multilingual environment and to contribute to the industrialization and modernization of the country.