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HCM City high schools educate students on life lessons

Following the success of a teaching literacy project on Vietnamese values, the teachers at Giong Ong To High School in HCM City are moving ahead with a project on “learning literacy to grow up”. 
VietNamNet Bridge - Following the success of a teaching literacy project on Vietnamese values, the teachers at Giong Ong To High School in HCM City are moving ahead with a project on “learning literacy to grow up”. The new teaching method, with practical experience, is used in both projects.  




Nguyen Thi Ngoc Diep, head of the literacy teaching team of Giong Ong To, said he teachers of the school are determined to apply the new method in teaching literacy because they believe the method will create more enthusiasm among students and children will grow up with important values.

Diep said the conditions are favorable for the teachers to run the projects. The school’s headmaster has given strong support to the projects by spending his own money to rent overhead projectors and costumes for students.

“If our projects cannot receive support from the school’s board of management, the project would fail completely, because it is really costly to implement the plan,” Diep said.

The aim of the projects is to evoke students’ feelings about matters in life.

“I often say to my students that it would really be bad if they only glance through what happens in the life and have no emotions about happenings,” she said.

“Students need to learn to make observations, note their feelings about matters in the life and express their thoughts and feelings,” she added.

The teacher noted that students, who have to do what they are told to do by teachers, seem to lose their creativity.

“A lot of students do not know how to express their feeling of love or sulk,” she said.

However, the teachers are facing big difficulties in implementing the projects.

“The first project was partially funded by the school, while existing facilities were fully exploited to save money,” Diep said. “However, we still don’t know how to arrange money for the next projects.”

Do Duc Anh, a teacher at the Bui Thi Xuan High School, also said he could ask for funding for the first project, but he will not be able to do this the next time.

“We have to spend money and time on every sheet of paper, pin and lesson plan,” he explained. “We can only prepare for lessons in non-school hours.”

Diep complained that the second project implementation might be delayed because students cannot arrange time to attend the lessons.

“They have to attend private tutoring lessons to prepare for the exams,” she explained.

A high school teacher in Hanoi noted that such lessons would not be welcomed by  students in Hanoi, because the lessons cannot help prepare students for exams.



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