Chào các bạn! I’m Annie. I’m a Vietnamese teacher and I speak Southern accent.
1. Academic qualifications
I earned an Honors bachelor degree in Linguistics and Vietnamese language from School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh City in 2011.
I’ve just completed B.A program in English linguistics and language teaching, also from School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh City.
Currently, I’m reaching to the end of my master degree in Linguistics. My graduation thesis is on Chrau – Vietnamese phonetic transference.
2. Teaching experience
I have had three years of experience in teaching Vietnamese for foreigners. My students come from a variety of nationalities, including US, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Netherlands, Poland, Thailand, the Philippines, Singapore, Korea and Japan. Many are college students, teachers, chiropractors, designers, directors, managers, office workers, engineers, business people, housewives and expatriates from all walks of life.
I have taught one-on-one classes, group classes in person as well as online classes.
3. Youtube channel
In 2012, I created my Youtube channel Learn Vietnamese With Annie to help people all over the world learn Vietnamese. The channel has gained 6,000 subscribers and has received over 5000,000 hits. You can watch 90 videos about various topics in there.
4. Teach methodology
I try to minimize the use of English. Speaking to me is very often the only chance for my students to be exposed to Vietnamese, as they live abroad and don’t really have any Vietnamese friend, or they live in Vietnam but are too shy to speak with people.
I assess individual learner’s needs and tailor class content to suit the learners. Apart from follwing a content framework for important vocabulary and grammar, I encourage students to learn the language the way they want, and give them corrections and feedback. For example, at the moment I have three students of elementary level, they are at the same age, started at the same time, but my lessons with them are so different. One loves to write, so every week he writes a paragraph about something he’s interested in (his last writing is about a very important king of Vietnam). One loves to read and learn best by reading, so I assign her a children story every week to read and retell it. Another one loves the textbook so we go through the book more carefully, and we plays lots of games to help him remember new words.
I focus on authentic Vietnamese, both spoken and written, as opposed to artificial textbook language, so even for beginners, I try to let them read and listen to real Vietnamese. My students read kids stories, watch talkshows, interviews and movies, read and write essays… to get familiar with what Vietnamese people really say.
5. Materials developing
Materials for learning and teaching Vietnamese are still very limited, especially in Southern accent and dialect. Aside from teaching, what I really want to do is to develop materials for learning Vietnamese, such as books, CDs, video series, podcasts and smartphone apps. In 2015, I hope I can complete my Vietnamese for workplace communication book and a video series of Pronunciation workshop.
6. Language learning
I started studying English when I was in grade 6, but I only studied it seriously since I went to university. I went to several English centers in Saigon. In 2010, I worked in Virginia, USA for four months. After graduation, I did another degree in English linguistics and language teaching, mainly for improving my own teaching.
I also started studying Chinese five years ago, but I have gone on and off so my Chinese is not very good. I think I’m kind of at intermediate level now. Currently I’m having twice Chinese lessons a week with my private tutor.
I did try Korean about three years go, and I completed elementary level. However, I have stopped studying for quite a while now and I almost forget everything. I hope I can resume my Korean lessons in 2015.
7. Contact me
Address: Room 105, 168 Vo Thi Sau street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam
Telephone: +84 907 104 701