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Added Value in Collaboration

By Wei Wei, David DeBrot & Matthew Cowan The LSU offers an array of services for our students which include workshops and one-on-one consultations to support them with academic language and learning support for their degree programs. But one service in particular that we provide has become probably the most successful in terms of numbers […]

A Comparison of Learning Strategies

Study by Carol Witney & Wei Wei Infographic By Wei Wei The infographic below is of an investigation into the learning strategies employed by two groups of students at our university. The primary research question was, What underlying variable(s) can explain the academic performance between Student Learning Advice Mentors (SLAMs) and Students At Risk (SARs)? And, more […]

Critical Thinking Study Part 2

By Matthew Cowan As promised in last week’s post, this week we’re posting an infographic on the next stage of our critical thinking study. This particular infographic was on display at our event a few weeks ago. If the infographic needs further elaboration, don’t hesitate to leave a comment! Part 2

Critical Thinking Study Part 1

By Matthew Cowan, LSU Sometime last year we embarked on an investigation into what it actually means to expect our students to demonstrate critical thinking in their classwork, examinations, and assignments. We were curious to find out what our students actually thought critical thinking was and when and where it’s important to use. All this, […]

Are international schools bad for you?

By Matthew Cowan, LSU A newspaper article did the rounds on social media in Vietnam recently because it reported that some influential people in Vietnamese society believe early second language acquisition dilutes the identity of Vietnamese children. It also stated there’s a strong belief that  it meddles with children’s identification with Vietnamese culture and their […]

Teamwork Asian style

By Dr. Wei Wei, LSU This is Wei’s article that appeared in Thanh Nien News and Vietweek News on 01/02/2013. I have never believed that the idea of “teamwork” can work in the Asian context. I can still vaguely remember the first time I did teamwork with 3 colleagues from Asia in the student common room of the School […]

The Asian Century White Paper: A response from on the ground in Vietnam

By Matthew Cowan, LSU The Australian Government’s recently released and much maligned Asian Century White Paper has come under sustained fire for failing to measure up to expectations. Long awaited and released to much fanfare, the White Paper sets out to provide a road map for Australians to become more ‘Asia-literate’ by way of deeper […]

“Teacher! I have no ideas!”

By Matthew Cowan, LSU We’re always getting requests from students for advice on how to come up with ideas for essays, particularly as submission deadlines wheel round. It can be a tough one to deal with. How do you advise someone on how to come up with something as abstract as an idea? Telling them […]

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, […]

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