Vietnamese Teachers Program

Fall program arrival date is August 20, 2015.

This program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Hanoi, Vietnam. Only participants selected by the sponsor are eligible for the program.

Program dates:  August 21, 2015 - May 5, 2016

The purpose of the program is to offer substantive English language enrichment courses and to offer workshop-type programming to:

  • Enhance the program participants' English language teaching capabilities
  • Introduce them to the use of information technology in the EFL classroom
  • Prepare them to train other English language teachers and to serve as resource contact points at the U.S. State Department's American Centers in Hanoi and HCMC.

We hope the information on this site will answer all your questions. If you need more information, you can email your question to AECSTP@ku.edu.

Sponsored & Administered by the U.S. Department of State, Hanoi, Vietnam.


Welcome Letter

Travel Information

The Vietnamese Teachers Program arrival date is August 20, 2015.

It is very important that you arrive on time for your program.

Arrival at Airport

  • Once you have exited the plane, an AEC staff member will be waiting for you at the gate with a sign that reads: UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS WELCOMES VIETNAMESE TEACHERS PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS.
  • The staff member will help you find your luggage and catch the coach to Lawrence.
  • If you have a delay at any point on your journey, please contact Geri Lamer at 785-550-8593.  She will reschedule your coach and make sure a staff member meets you when you land.
  • There will also be an AEC staff member at the residence hall where you will be living to help you get checked in when you arrive in Lawrence.

We hope your journey is a safe one and we look forward to meeting you.

Housing and Meals

  • During the 2015-16 academic school year, Vietnamese Teachers Program participants will live in a Double Occupancy Room (a two-person room with a roommate) in Naismith Hall. Naismith staff will make every effort to place the teachers with American upperclassmen (Junior, Senior or Graduate students).
  • For information and photos of Naismith Hall, click on this link (http://www.livenaismith.com/living-at-naismith). At this link you will be able to get information about the hall, your room, and also the meal service provided at Naismith.

Some Amenities at Naismith Hall

  • All utilities included
  • Fully air-conditioned
  • Every resident room is suite-style with attached semi-private bath
  • Vanity and sink in every resident room with regular in-room housekeeping
  • Basic cable, high-speed internet and free WiFi included
  • Lobby lounge with 9-ft fireplace, large screen TVs, pool and ping pong tables
  • 24-hour computer lab
  • On-site fitness center
  • On-site laundry facilities

Health

In case of sickness, you should first go to the Watkins Student Health Center on campus.

WATKINS STUDENT HEALTH CENTER

  • As a student at the Applied English Center, you will be eligible for the full services offered by the Watkins Student Health Center at KU. You must have your KUID with you to receive medical treatment.
  • There is a charge for many services, including medications, x-rays and minor surgery. You or your health insurance company must pay these charges.
  • Prescriptions filled at the Student Health Center are not free, but they are less expensive than other pharmacies.
  • Dental care is not available at Watkins.

Regular office hours are:

  • Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 6:00pm
  • Saturday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Sunday: Closed

During student breaks, hours are:

  • Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 4:30pm
  • Saturday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Sunday: Closed

Appointment Line: 785-864-9507
Pharmacy: 785-864-9512
Automated Line: 785-864-9500
Emergency: 911

Health Insurance

You will be covered by KU student health insurance.

As a full-time student at the AEC, you will be able to see a doctor for free while you are at KU.

Any medical tests, medications or treatments you receive will be partially covered by your insurance but you will also be responsible for part of these costs.  The exact distribution of charges will depend upon which tests, medication or treatments you require but, in general, insurance covers about 80% of your medical charges.  During the break times between semesters, there will be a charge for visiting a doctor but your insurance will help pay for that charge.

Medical Check-in

In order to be allowed to enroll at KU, you must have:

  • two (2) Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccinations,
  • a Tuberculosis test, and
  • a Meningitis vaccination.

If you have an official vaccination record that shows you have already taken the MMR and/or Meningitis vaccinations in your home country, you can bring it with you. The record must be in English, show the date you took the vaccination, and be signed by a doctor.

If you do not have an official vaccination record in English, you can print the English form and take your vaccination record to your local doctor or nurse. A doctor or nurse in your country can transfer the information from your official records to the English form and sign it. Then bring the English form with you and it will be accepted at the KU student health center.

In the U.S., the MMR vaccination contains three vaccines – one each for Measles, Mumps and Rubella.  In your country each of these vaccines might be given separately.  Your records must show two vaccinations for each disease.

The Tuberculosis test must be taken in the U.S., so any test results regarding TB that you bring from your country will not be accepted.

If you do not have the correct vaccination record, you will be required to take the vaccinations here.

Courses

In the fall 2015 semester, the teachers will be placed in one Applied English Center intensive English language class, based on their results of the CaMLA Placement Test. The course the teachers will take is Reading, Writing and Grammar for Academic Purposes at one of five levels of instruction. The course will provide the teachers with instruction and work to develop individual language skills and communicative competency.  Each course meets 2 hours a day, 4 times a week. They will take classes with other international students who are working to improve their English language skills.

AECR 11. Reading, Writing and Grammar for Academic Purposes 1. (Level 1)
A beginning level course designed to teach students with limited English proficiency strategies to begin reading and writing. Emphasis is placed on taking notes from academic texts to demonstrate and develop students' understanding of the organization of English writing. At this level, students focus on establishing writing fluency and building a foundation of high frequency vocabulary. Students build the conventional sentence- and discourse-level grammar and vocabulary needed to express meaning appropriately and accurately in written English.

AECR 20. Reading, Writing and Grammar for Academic Purposes 2. (Level 2)
A low-intermediate level course designed to teach and reinforce strategies for improving students' academic reading and writing. At this level, emphasis is placed on writing complex sentences and paragraphs to strengthen fluency and vocabulary. Additional competencies developed in this course include writing essays and integrating ideas from several sources into academic writing. Students build the conventional sentence- and discourse-level grammar and vocabulary needed to express meaning appropriately and accurately in written English.

AECR 30. Reading, Writing and Grammar for Academic Purposes 3. (Level 3)
A high-intermediate level course designed to teach and promote strategies for improving students' academic reading and writing. At this level, emphasis is placed on deepening vocabulary and refining academic skills, including note-taking, paraphrasing, summarizing, revising, and integrating ideas from several sources, to elevate fluency and comprehension. Additional objectives covered in this course include building critical reading and writing skills as well as learning the process of writing a research paper. Students build the conventional sentence- and discourse-level grammar and vocabulary needed to express meaning appropriately and accurately in written English.

AECR 140. Reading, Writing and Grammar for Academic Purposes 4. (Level 4)
A low-advanced level course designed to teach and promote strategies for improving students' academic reading and writing. At this level, students work to achieve a high level of fluency, vocabulary, and academic skills, including summarizing, responding to test questions, and integrating ideas from several sources. Additional objectives emphasized in this course include furthering critical reading and writing skills as well as producing a research paper. Students build the conventional sentence- and discourse-level grammar and vocabulary needed to express meaning appropriately and accurately in written English.

AECR 151. Special Studies in Reading, Writing and Grammar 5. (Level 5)
A high-advanced level course designed to help polish student's strategies for academic reading and writing in preparation for college-level coursework. Continued emphasis is placed on increasing fluency, building vocabulary, and developing academic skills, such as note taking and summarization. To help transition skills to a collegiate setting, students work with university course material from a variety of academic areas. Students build the conventional sentence- and discourse-level grammar and vocabulary needed to express meaning appropriately and accurately in written English.

Additional courses and workshops specifically for Vietnamese Teachers Program participants

In fall 2015, teachers will take 3 courses and participate in one workshop series that focus on enhancing their English language teaching. Below is a brief description of each course.

Teaching Strategies in the EFL Classroom
Teachers will be introduced to a variety of strategies for enhancing their English language teaching skills, with special emphasis on the teaching context in Vietnam. At the beginning of the semester, the teachers will complete a questionnaire informing the instructor of language teaching skills and strategies they would most like to learn about. Information from the questionnaire will be taken into account in planning the course curriculum. Class sessions will be designed for a high level of teacher participation and productivity. Some topics to be covered include the following:

  • Best practices in English as a foreign language learning to encourage student participation
  • Communicative language teaching
  • The critical role of motivation in successful English language learning
  • Successful lesson planning and strategies to engage introduction of materials
  • Being a valuable English language resource to students

Additionally, teachers will be asked to keep daily journals reflecting on their observations of and experiences in their Applied English Language Center Reading, Writing & Grammar for Academic Purposes course. An outgrowth of this is to broaden the teachers’ possibilities in language teaching and learning. Journal information will be used as a catalyst for discussions across the semester on possible teaching strategies, lessons, etc that could be used in their own language teaching context.

Internet Technology in the EFL Classroom 1
Teachers will take a course in internet technology in the EFL Classroom in the fall and the spring semesters. In the fall, class sessions focus on developing their own technology skills. At the beginning of the course, teachers will complete a questionnaire on what computer skills they would most like to work on. This information will be taken into account in designing class sessions. Some examples of topics that the AEC plans to cover include enhancing their skills in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel (for grade and record keeping), PowerPoint presentations, and using Facebook and other websites securely (avoiding internet fraud.)

Pronunciation Enhancement for Vietnamese EFL Teachers
The primary goal of this course is to build the confidence of the Vietnamese teachers in their ability to use more spoken English while teaching their own students, in training of colleagues in Vietnam, and while communicating with people here in the USA. Lessons will come from Pronunciation for Success and Well Said textbooks. Additionally emphasis will be placed on practicing the segmentals and prosody of the language.

Workshop: Experiential Learning in the American Education System
Teachers will participate in several different kinds of experiential learning activities during the fall semester whose purpose is to enhance teaching proficiency. While many of the activities will take place outside of a traditional classroom setting, teachers will meet with an AEC instructor one time a week to prepare for and/or reflect on what they gained from each experience. Three central experiential learning activities will be (1) visits to local high schools (2) participation in an AEC faculty mentor program and (3) structured classroom observations of a variety of AEC courses.

Fall Semester Attendance at the MIDTESOL Conference

The MIDTESOL Conference: “The Future is Now: Building New Traditions in TESOL”
University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa
October 23-24, 2015

Along with a group of AEC faculty, the Vietnamese teachers will attend MIDTESOL, a regional professional ESL/EFL conference. MIDTESOL: Mid-America Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages is a regional professional association of TESOL: Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. The professional development benefits of attending this two-day conference are many. The Vietnamese teachers will have the opportunity to network for an extended period of time with TESOL professionals from the AEC and across the U.S. Midwest.

This year the conference will be held at the University of Iowa, which will give the teachers the chance to visit another large U.S. Midwest university in a different U.S. state. They will attend an afternoon workshop and several shorter sessions in areas of specific interest to each teacher. They will also socialize at an evening light dinner with other conference attendees. AEC faculty members and the Vietnamese teachers will go to the conference together by motorcoach and stay in the same hotel overnight. This will provide informal opportunities to reflect on conference sessions and to get to know each other a bit better.

Optional Activities

Contact Information

The office is open from 8:00am - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday. You may call the office to contact Geri Lamer or an AEC instructor during those hours. During the evenings or weekends, if you need to speak with someone from the AEC, you should call Geri Lamer.

Geri Lamer (Contact for emergencies)
Office:
(785) 864-1321
Mobile: (785) 550-8593

Margaret Coffey
Office:
(785) 864-1307

Aaron Huerter
Office:
(785) 864-5316

Marie Osterhaus
Office:
(785) 864-1496


Founded in 1964 as part of a Ford Foundation campus internationalization grant
One of the first 12 intensive English programs in the United States
The AEC comprises two units: the Intensive English Program (IEP) and Short-term Programs
Each semester, the AEC enrolls about 550 students representing more than 35 countries on six continents
The Applied English Center offers field trips and conversation groups to our students
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