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Learning outside the classroom – a Student Council election perspective

By Huynh Ngoc Tan and David DeBrot I worked with Tan during the 2013 RMIT Vietnam Student Council Elections. As the Returning Officer, I got to see first hand how our students engage in important community initiatives such as the Student Council Elections. I invited Huynh Ngoc Tan, BIS student and campaign manager of the […]

Effort does matter, and effort needs fuel

By David DeBrot, LSU Bonitas non est pessimis esse meliorem. I saw this Latin phrase written on the wall of a colleague’s office this week and it so tidily summed up experiences that occurred just minutes and days before I’d seen it. The phrase means ‘Being better than the worst is not goodness’. In other words, putting forth effort to […]

2012 – The LSU blog in review

Thanks for following us in 2012 and keeping up with our articles and the new addition to the LSU blog – The Top 5. Here’s an annual report of the LSU blog and how many people read this blog this past year (and where in the world they are). Check out the summary below and […]

Students’ strategies for coping with EFL teachers’ written feedback- an explorative study with Vietnamese students

By Dr. Wei Wei, LSU This is the extended version of Dr Wei Wei’s presentation to RMIT Vietnam English Programs staff on Thursday 28th June 2012 at the Saigon campus. 1. Objectives This study aims to investigate how students interpret lecturers’ feedback on their first drafts and make appropriate changes in their second drafts.  To […]

Why do they come here? University choice among Vietnamese students

By David DeBrot, LSU Historically in Vietnam, there is often sighted the legend of a Confucian scholar studying late into the wee hours while his suffering wife takes care of domesticity so that he may focus on his important provincial and national exams. The scholar is successful, and upon receiving his high marks, he is […]

Confessions of a critical thinking teacher

In this article, Mark ponders his own lapses in his critical thinking outside of the classroom and wonders how often the rest of us fall prey to ‘The Conjunctive Fallacy’. By Mark Hershey The other day I was in a Japanese restaurant, staffed with Vietnamese waiters. When I sat down, I asked for water in […]