Teaching is the greatest passion of my life. I was trained to be a VSL teacher (VSL = Vietnamese as a Second Language) and honestly, I expected to teach Vietnamese to foreigners.
It was when I had my first Viet Kieu student, that the specific challenges facing him, and others like him, became obvious to me. As I witnessed his struggle with studying Vietnamese, in particular writing Vietnamese, I knew I needed to find another approach to help him learn to write in his mother tongue. Printing out an alphabetical diagram and telling him to memorize it, was just not going to work. I wanted to create something different.
VK LINGO was developed for Overseas Vietnamese who want to become closer to their roots, while building a proficiency in their language that enables them to use it at a professional level upon their return to Vietnam.
Studying Vietnamese presents different challenges for Viet Kieu students, than it does for foreigners with no previous exposure to the language. Viet Kieu students often belong to two categories at the same time: the “know nothing” category and the “seem to know everything” category.
With special materials developed specifically for Viet Kieu students, my teaching principles are based on making the knowledge easily attainable and by finding rules and tips based on simple theory and day-to-day practice.
Viet Kieu students are encouraged to embrace Western study techniques, with Vietnamese tenacity. I call it the “Study Hard & Study Smart” principle.