Archive | September 2012

What principles guide your teaching practice?

By Mark Hershey Mark Hershey has been living and teaching in Asia for over a dozen years.  He is especially interested in theories of learning. I had no idea what I was doing the first time I walked into an English as a second language classroom. On that day I was volunteering to substitute for […]

Does the university entrance exam stop Vietnamese students from thinking critically?

By Dr Wei Wei, LSU Every summer is a headache for Asian students who have almost finished high school as university entrance exams arrive. A good exam score is interpreted as the primary indicator for a wide range of things, for example, the students’ efforts, intelligence, learning strategies and learning outcomes, teachers’ capabilities, efforts, commitment, […]

Prezi as a higher learning tool

By Ian Handsley The first time I used Prezi I was inflicted with a mild dose of motion sickness. It was during my first week at the LSU and David DeBrot had mentioned it in one of our many discussions about alternatives to zombie teaching practices (PowerPoint, in that instance). Having never heard of Prezi, […]

Transitioning to university in Vietnam

By Dy Healy, LSU July – This morning, on my way to work, I saw lots of parents sitting in front of every school, waiting for their children with anxious faces. “Will my child be able to answer all the questions? Is she confident enough? Has she prepared everything she needs?” Seven years ago, my […]