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Viet Nam Teacher Training Program

Center for Viet Nam: Viet Nam Teacher Training Program

Program Summary

The Program Viet Nam Teacher Training Program is intended to promote cross-cultural understanding, and to develop new ways to collaborate and experience learning. The summer 2001 pilot program will provide educators in the U.S. an exciting opportunity to interact with English language teachers in Viet Nam. Designed to meet the needs of language teachers in Viet Nam, the program will emphasize reflection, observation and skill development. Participants will form a learning community where they can share experiences, master teaching methodologies and skills, share diverse viewpoints, foster an awareness of cross-cultural interaction, and become partners in a transformation process. Viet Nam Teacher Training Program is a three-week full time residency program in Ha Noi, capital of Viet Nam. Participating educators from the U.S. and Viet Nam will live on the campus of the Ha Noi University of Foreign Studies. In the mornings, educators will conduct master workshops on the latest English teaching methodology, curriculum development, lesson planning and technology. In the afternoons, they will explore new ways of teaching and collaborate on projects. On evenings and weekends, participants will have guest lectures and be introduced to the vibrant arts, culture and historic scenes in Ha Noi and its environs.

Guest lectures: Overview of Vietnamese Culture and History; Viet Nam Today: Politics, Economics and Society; Vietnamese Traditional Music. Ha Noi University of Foreign Studies Established in 1959, Ha Noi University of Foreign Studies (HUFS) is one of the largest language institutions in Viet Nam. HUFS offers courses in 18 foreign languages: Albanian, Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese, Czech, English, French, German, Hungarian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Rumanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Thai as well as Vietnamese as a foreign language. HUFS offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in foreign language studies; conducts research in language teaching methodologies and technologies, and provides short-term courses for interpreters and translators. HUFS facilities are modest but the multimedia lab is considered the most modern in the region. HUFS has three evening language schools in Ha Noi and language training centers throughout Viet Nam. CHEER for Viet Nam Cultural, Health, Educational and Environmental Resources (CHEER) for Viet Nam is dedicated to projects that improve the quality of life of underprivileged children and people in Viet Nam, promote cross-cultural and educational understanding and collaboration between Viet Nam and the United States; and advocates for environmental sustainability and world peace. Founded in 1994, CHEER is an independent, nonprofit, 501(c)3, and non-governmental organization based in Los Angeles County, California.

Program date: July 23 - August 10, 2001
Program location: Ha Noi University of Foreign Studies, Ha Noi


Selection Criteria: Four individuals and one alternate will be selected through a review process based on the following criteria:
*Masters Degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), Applied Linguistic or equivalent experience
*Experience and interest in teaching English to speakers of other languages
* Experience conducting in-service, professional development workshops
* Cross-cultural or multicultural experience with Asia
* Ability to work with flexibility and sensitivity in a limited resource environment
* Sound health
*Selected educators will be required to attend a meeting to design a syllabus for the program and an orientation prior to program departure. Meetings will be held in Los Angeles area.


There is no fee to participate in the program; however, participants are expected to pay for visa, insurance and round trip airfare to and from Viet Nam. Estimated costs: $1,500. Each participant will be provided with housing, meals and transportation related to the program in Ha Noi, including guest lectures, local field trips and a trip to Ha Long Bay. Some proposed highlights of Site Visits/Tour: Temple of Literature (11th Century), One Pillar Pagoda (11th Century), 36 Street Old Quarter; Museums of Fine Arts, History, Women, and Ethnology; Traditional arts & crafts villages: Bat Trang, Dong Ho, Van Phuc; Cheo Theater; Ha Long Bay.


March 27, 2001. This deadline has been extended to April 13, 2001.

Application and for more information

Application forms are available online. For further information, please contact:
Doan Thi Nam-Hau,
Director CHEER for Viet Nam
P.O. Box 341
Culver City, CA 90232
Fax: 520 222 8205

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