On June 16th 2016, VLS’ 18th Teacher Training Program for Teaching Vietnamese as a foreign language was completed with a warm closing ceremony. The 2 month program is aimed at advancing awareness of the Vietnamese language and delivering knowledge regarding effective Vietnamese teaching methods.
Ms. Vo Thanh Binh, Ms. Ronnie Hill and many teachers who are currently working at VLS came to congratulate these future teachers.
[All the videos bellowed are in Vietnamese.]
Thao Vy is one of the youngest participants. She is cute and serious at the same time. After taking an internship at VLS and seeing all the teachers here always smiling and feeling happy, she joined the course. Vy wants to teach Vietnamese to foreigners because it provides a new opportunity to learn and brings her much joy.
Ms. Hanh has nurtured a desire to be professionally trained and to become a Vietnamese language teacher since 1990. However, because of health reasons, her wishes were delayed until 2016. VLS feels so lucky to have played a helpful role in helping her along her long and challenging path to fulfilling her dreams.
Hoai Nhi prepared herself for the course very well by studying the course content and activities. However, Nhi still came across one surprise after another, and even felt shocked by the knowledge she gained.
Tham has already begun to apply what she learned from the course by teaching two Vietnamese language classes to Japanese students, from whom she has received positive feedback and genuine thanks.
Thanh Tam shared her beliefs about dreams. She said that sometimes life leads you down many detours but as long as you dream, you will somehow get there.
Ms. Vo Thanh Binh, VLS Director, was touched by the meaningful presentations by all participants. She said that it is an unrealistic expectation for a 40-hour course to change beginners into excellent teachers. Instead, she considers success and the goal of the program as to help bring a positive change to each individual. She is so happy that the participants recognized these changes and were able to express these. It might be that they learn a different view toward language teaching, a new determination to overcome all the challenges and difficulties of the profession, or more effective ways to deliver their knowledge, but she affirmed that VLS can only help the participant with initiating these changes; ongoing development is something that comes from within themselves, from their own realization.
Here is more pictures of the program.