At a time of year when the nation's 2,100 residential colleges and universities are sorting out student housing assignments, they also are poring over a May letter from the Obama administration that thrusts them into the national debate on transgender rights. Known as the "dear colleague" letter, it makes clear that federal law protects transgender students' right to live in housing that reflects their gender identity. Schools that fail to provide adequate housing to transgender students could face lawsuits or the loss of any federal funding they rely on. Although hundreds of universities had begun to offer gender-inclusive housing in response to student demand in recent years, many are now reviewing or expediting their plans so they can provide the option to incoming students for the first time this fall. The policies are intended not only to accommodate transgender students, university officials say, but to help siblings, gay students who want to live with straight friends of the … [Read more...] about College dorms a new front in U.S. battle over transgender rights
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For the Tet holiday this year, I travelled South to Nghe An province, where I had been kindly invited to spend a few days with my friend and his family. The morning before giao thừa (Lunar New Year’s Eve), I stuffed a rucksack full of clothes, and the saddlebags on my Minsk with tools and spare parts for any breakdowns on the way, as well as a bottle of fine Scotch for my friend’s father. As I wheeled the bike out of my front gate, clothed head to foot in my best raingear, my neighbour, a salt-and-pepper haired man of sixty-odd years - a war veteran, like so many of that generation - emerged from his front door. Looking me up and down, and nodding at the Minsk sunk on its haunches with so much luggage, he asked, ‘Về quê á?’Going home? By Minsk? To Scotland? For Tet?Well, everyone else was going home for Tet, so why not? The roads heading South – and for sure in every other direction too – were … [Read more...] about Về quê
th grade student at Hanoi - Amsterdam Gifted School, spoke on this topic. Thu Huyen reports. What is the best age for children to start learning English and what is the best method for them?- Mr Gavan Iacono: In my opinion, the best ages for a kid to start learning English are from five to seven. International research shows learning English at a young age not only has no effect on the ability to learn Vietnamese, but can also help the student speak their mother tongue more logically. The age to learn a foreign language best and quickest is under 10. Beginning later will require more time for study, because comprehensibility is slower. Therefore, many parents send their children to English classes at pre-school age. - Hoang Hai Linh: At the age of 5, I studied English and Vietnamese at the same time. I started to play with English through pictures at a younger age. In think it is better for children to develop speaking and listening skills when they learn from native … [Read more...] about How Do Children Learn English Effectively?
Editor's note : A number of English teachers have responded to a Tuoi Tre News call for opinions regarding the Ho Chi Minh City education department's recent regulation that prohibits native speakers from employing smart boards and CD players in the classroom. The regulation, which is applied in primary schools throughout the city, includes a ban on using audiovisual aids while teaching. According to the guideline, native English teachers should call their students by their Vietnamese names and under no circumstance address them by Western names. It is also dictated that English-speaking teachers refrain from using audiovisual tools including cassette players, CD players, and smart boards to play music or videos for students during their lessons. Instead, teachers are expected to create conditions for students to practice English through social interaction. ‘Entirely ridiculous’ I’m currently teaching 9 classes a week at a primary school in Ho … [Read more...] about Saigon’s ban on audiovisual aids in ESL classes: What do teachers say?
Students register for national university examination at Ha Noi-based University of Technology. The national educational sector needs to enhance reforms to improve the quality of education. — VNA/VNS Photo Quy Trung HA NOI (VNS)— Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said on Thursday that the National Council of Education and Human Resources Development must consult with the country's intellectuals to reform Viet Nam's education sector. The PM noted that human resources remained a priority in Viet Nam's socio-economic development and global integration efforts. The Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) is in the process of implementing a set of measures to improve the quality of the country's general education curriculum. A programme to develop communication skills in foreign languages for students that differed from the old method that only focused on grammar and writing was underway, according to a report by the ministry. The ministry said it would continue to … [Read more...] about Education reform a must
Could the language we speak skew our financial decision-making, and does the fact that you're reading this in English make you less likely than a Mandarin speaker to save for your old age?It is a controversial theory which has been given some weight by new findings from a Yale University behavioural economist, Keith Chen.Prof Chen says his research proves that the grammar of the language we speak affects both our finances and our health.Bluntly, he says, if you speak English you are likely to save less for your old age, smoke more and get less exercise than if you speak a language like Mandarin, Yoruba or Malay.Future-speakProf Chen divides the world's languages into two groups, depending on how they treat the concept of time.Strong future-time reference languages (strong FTR) require their speakers to use a different tense when speaking of the future. Weak future-time reference (weak FTR) languages do not."If I wanted to explain to an English-speaking colleague why I can't attend a … [Read more...] about Why speaking English can make you poor when you retire
HA NOI (VNS) — Foreign and domestic delegates yesterday discussed a strategy to promote Vietnamese literature overseas at two workshops held in Ha Noi.The Viet Nam Writers' Association's International Conference to Introduce Vietnamese Literature held the workshops, where writers and poets expressed their opinions about Vietnamese literature. They also said they would bring Vietnamese literary works to their countries."We have translated and published essentially and systematically the most distinguished works in regional and world literature," said poet Nguyen Huu Thinh, president of the association and chairman of the conference. "This reality has taken place throughout many decades, and has resulted in a cultural trade deficit. While many foreign works have been brought to Vietnamese readers, foreign readers haven't had a chance to enjoy Vietnamese literature as widely."Thinh said Viet Nam shouldn't only consume world literature – it should participate in it."I believe … [Read more...] about Vietnamese literature needs global exposure
Several attractive activities aiming to provide career guidance to high school students are being regularly organised in order to equip students with updated knowledge about careers to help them choose suitable academic disciplines. For a long time, grammar schools have been criticized for providing inadequate career guidance. Since students do not have sufficient knowledge about careers, they simply choose schools to continue study based on their intuitions. Taking university entrance exams to become university students after finishing secondary school is the norm, even though many students are not well prepared for the exam or are interested in careers that do not require university. “Study at universities first, think about jobs later,” is the thought of many students.As a result, many incapable students fail the university entrance exams after wasting their parents’ money on exam preparation. Other students become university … [Read more...] about Grammar schools now pay more attention to career guidance
Raising awareness: ACCV student Nguyen Thi Hong (centre) and Alison Vidotto (right) speak with school children in Ha Noi about the daily lives of blind people in the community. — Photo courtesy of ACCV by David MannImagine not being able to see. Then imagine living in a remote village, your survival entirely dependent on another person, unable to go to school or have the opportunity to interact with other human beings. Now imagine that is your life for eight years. This was everyday life for Ha Minh Quan, a young man from a village three-hours drive from Ha Noi. Quan's eyesight began deteriorating in the fifth grade because of an undiagnosed and untreated condition. There were limited medical services available for the once-enthusiastic student, who had loved reading and playing in the schoolyard. A chance meeting in 2007 between Quan and Australian mother-of-six Alison Vidotto would become a major turning point in both their lives. Vidotto, chief executive officer of … [Read more...] about Aussie gives hope to the blind
Award-winning American author Larry Heinemenn served as a combat soldier for 12 months during the war in Viet Nam. Since then, he has penned two novels and a memoir based on his experiences during that time, and in 1987 he won the US National Book Award for Fiction. And now, more than four decades after exiting Viet Nam, Larry Heinemenn opens up about his career as a writer, and his relationship with Viet Nam during a special interview with Nguyen Phan Que Mai.Inner Sanctum: Mr Heinemann, how have your experiences as a combat soldier affected your life?It has been 44 years since I returned from the Viet Nam War, and I don't think a day goes by that I don't think about it; in a nutshell, I was party to a great wrong.It certainly affected my marriage, the way I raised my kids, my world view, my approach to work, my … [Read more...] about Larry Heinemann’s story: a war of words