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October 3, 1998 | TINI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
You might as well post an "English-only" sign here. It's the sole language being spoken by thousands of Vietnamese at private language centers because the appetite to learn tieng anh is insatiable. Ask practically anyone from waiters to computer engineers, and chances are good they're juggling full-time jobs with evening classes and private lessons. It's a heavy-duty commitment of time--up to 10 hours a week--and money, with yearlong courses that can run up to $150.
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March 19, 2000 | DAVID LAMB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In another of its ongoing breaks from the past, Vietnam has chosen English over French and Russian as the favored foreign language for students to learn and has turned to its former ideological enemies in the West to help redesign the educational curriculum. Vietnam is already phasing out English-language textbooks written by Russian advisors in the mid-1980s.
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March 19, 2000 | DAVID LAMB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In another of its ongoing breaks from the past, Vietnam has chosen English over French and Russian as the favored foreign language for students to learn and has turned to its former ideological enemies in the West to help redesign the educational curriculum. Vietnam is already phasing out English-language textbooks written by Russian advisors in the mid-1980s.
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October 3, 1998 | TINI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
You might as well post an "English-only" sign here. It's the sole language being spoken by thousands of Vietnamese at private language centers because the appetite to learn tieng anh is insatiable. Ask practically anyone from waiters to computer engineers, and chances are good they're juggling full-time jobs with evening classes and private lessons. It's a heavy-duty commitment of time--up to 10 hours a week--and money, with yearlong courses that can run up to $150.
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December 26, 1988 | NICK B. WILLIAMS Jr., Times Staff Writer
When last year's school term began, an influential columnist surveyed Vietnam's schools and delivered a bleak report to his readers. "Tens of thousands of requests for resignation have been turned in by schoolteachers, citing such excuses as meager wages, poor working conditions and declining health standards," he wrote. "In many localities, the learning conditions of our children are very bad. Classrooms are small and have leaky roofs. Desks and chairs are in very bad shape.
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December 26, 1988 | NICK B. WILLIAMS Jr., Times Staff Writer
Down the hall, a chorus of Vietnamese voices ran the scales and a prize-winning accordionist was pumping a mazurka in the adjoining studio, but 7-year-old Dao Thuy Linh was all concentration. Under the watchful eye of her teacher, Linh's nimble fingers picked out a traditional Vietnamese tune on a 16-string instrument. Finishing without a flub, she beamed as her classmates, crowded into the doorway, broke into applause.
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June 11, 1995 | ALICIA DI RADO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Cal State Fullerton's language instructors soon will export their expertise, campus officials said. Ten instructors will leave Tuesday for Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hue and Nam Dinh to conduct workshops on teaching English. More than 400 English teachers are expected to attend, a Cal State Fullerton spokeswoman said. "Everyone there wants to learn English," said Prof. Curtis Swanson, chairman of the foreign languages and literatures department.
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January 11, 2009 | Ben Stocking, Stocking writes for the Associated Press.
The thugs came after dark, as Do Viet Khoa and his family were getting ready for bed. He says they punched him, kicked him, stole his camera and terrified his wife and children. Khoa, a high school math and geography teacher, thinks the message was clear: Stop blowing the whistle on school corruption -- or else. For several years, Khoa has been fighting the petty bribery and cheating that plagues schools across Vietnam, where poorly paid teachers and administrators squeeze money out of even poorer parents.
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June 11, 1995 | ALICIA DI RADO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Cal State Fullerton's language instructors soon will export their expertise, campus officials said. Ten instructors will leave Tuesday for Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hue and Nam Dinh to conduct workshops on teaching English. More than 400 English teachers are expected to attend, a Cal State Fullerton spokeswoman said. "Everyone there wants to learn English," said Prof. Curtis Swanson, chairman of the foreign languages and literatures department.
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December 26, 1988 | NICK B. WILLIAMS Jr., Times Staff Writer
Down the hall, a chorus of Vietnamese voices ran the scales and a prize-winning accordionist was pumping a mazurka in the adjoining studio, but 7-year-old Dao Thuy Linh was all concentration. Under the watchful eye of her teacher, Linh's nimble fingers picked out a traditional Vietnamese tune on a 16-string instrument. Finishing without a flub, she beamed as her classmates, crowded into the doorway, broke into applause.
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December 26, 1988 | NICK B. WILLIAMS Jr., Times Staff Writer
When last year's school term began, an influential columnist surveyed Vietnam's schools and delivered a bleak report to his readers. "Tens of thousands of requests for resignation have been turned in by schoolteachers, citing such excuses as meager wages, poor working conditions and declining health standards," he wrote. "In many localities, the learning conditions of our children are very bad. Classrooms are small and have leaky roofs. Desks and chairs are in very bad shape.
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October 28, 1989 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Facing a new wave of Vietnamese immigrants by the end of the year, county officials said Friday they are concerned that needs may outstrip available government services. The prospect of the immigration of thousands of former Vietnamese political prisoners comes at a time of threatened reductions in federal aid to help such refugees, officials said.
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October 11, 1987 | JIM MANN, Times Staff Writer
The United States and Vietnam, at war until 1973, have taken small but important steps over the last few weeks to reduce longstanding hostility and pave the way for further cooperation. The U.S. government is preparing to publish, within the next two weeks, a study clearing the way for American charities and other non-government groups to provide private humanitarian aid to Vietnam.
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