The value our student’s progress so the lesson is student-oriented. In LSV, what we want to provide is a friendly environment for foreigners to study and adapt to the changing environment. We focus on pronunciation as it is the most challenging part for beginners. With higher level, we provide efficient tips to remember vocabulary and grammar point so you can implement them in your daily life.
“My teaching methodology is a combination of the Facilitator (activity) style and the Hybrid (blended) style. I consider language to be a creative subject, similar to art or music, so I try to encourage an open classroom where students are productive, rather than just receptive. Languages are all about communication; there must be interaction between the teacher and the learners to practice what is learnt, especially with Vietnamese.
This is a tonal language; there are many similar-sounding words that can only differentiated by tone, which makes pronunciation the biggest challenge in learning the language. As a result, Vietnamese learners are often anxious about speaking, because the majority of Vietnamese people struggle to understand non-native speakers. Hence, my classes tend to implement individual and group activities that emphasize pronunciation and speaking practice. Activities are also designed to help students develop critical thinking and trigger creativity which is an essential part of learning languages. Teaching students from a variety of nations and age groups, I found that there are many types of learners: visual, auditory, reading/writing, etc. and teaching them requires a variety of different approaches. I utilize flashcards and body language to serve visual learners, audio and repetition for auditory learners and so on.
I follow the Hybrid method because most of my students are adults. They are not forced to come to class. They only study what they are interested in. Finding shared interests with students is a technique that teachers need to have these days. One major reason my students choose to continue studying with me for a long time is that I become friends with them. They’ve said they feel more comfortable to share their difficulties with the language when the teacher is considerate of their feelings and personalities.
As far as you want to become a good LSV teacher, keep in mind these:
- Be a teacher
- Be a student
- Be a friend”
~ Ms. Phung Thi My Hanh ~