In Alaska’s Vietnamese program, the Language & EQ subject is particularly popular among students and parents. Dr. Dieu Lan Phuong has been researching and teaching the program since 2012, and it has been copyright-certified in 2015. The program focuses on developing language skills (speaking and writing), nurturing fundamental knowledge, fostering independent thinking, and training emotional intelligence (EQ) in students, especially elementary school students.
In Alaska, the Language & EQ Program is integrated with the Vietnamese Program of the Ministry of Education and Training, aiming to create meaningful learning experiences and provide opportunities for students to engage with and explore life. The program also seeks to maximize students’ creativity and build confidence in using their mother tongue to communicate, express themselves, and connect with the world.
Specifically, during the 35-week school year, Alaska students will engage in two lessons of Language & EQ per week, amounting to 70 lessons per year for blocks 2, 3, 4, and 5, and 80 lessons per year for block 1.
The program’s approach to teaching reading and language development seems both comprehensive and tailored to each grade level. Starting with enjoyable, easy-to-understand stories for grade 1 students and gradually progressing to more complex skills such as correct intonation and empathetic understanding for grade 2 students is a thoughtful approach. The incorporation of mind maps and Vietnamese dictionaries further enriches the learning experience. If there are any specific aspects you’d like to explore further or if you need support in implementing these programs, please feel free to let me know!
Grade 3 students are encouraged to “READ CREATIVELY,” which includes reading with expression, artistic reading, and integrating creative forms such as illustrating text and voice acting. Grade 4 students participate in the “ACTIVE READING” program, based on the SQ3R method, to actively engage with reading materials. This approach emphasizes reading with a purpose and practical applications, making reading enjoyable while also promoting active learning. These techniques aim to foster creativity, confidence, and active engagement in reading for students at different grade levels. Through this, students develop creative writing skills and expand their vocabulary.
For grade 5 students, familiarity with “IN-DEPTH READING” will be introduced, guiding them in research-oriented reading and small project execution. The program will present projects and topics for students to plan their reading, practice document processing, and produce completed works. This approach aims to help students discover the beauty in literature through active engagement with the material. This method not only strengthens their understanding but also fosters a sense of exploration and appreciation for literature.
To nurture students’ appreciation for literature and language, as well as their emotional intelligence, teachers regularly update their collection of books. Additionally, they create engaging learning projects that encourage students to express their thoughts and perspectives through a variety of mediums, including quizzes, presentations, essays, poems, drawings, and card-making. These activities not only help students develop their language skills but also deepen their emotional connection to the world around them, enabling them to articulate their opinions and emotions effectively.
Alaska is investing in a large-scale library project to cultivate a reading culture among students. The emphasis on regular library lessons and a diverse range of books and is crucial for fostering a love for language and promoting emotional intelligence. These efforts will contribute to the development of creative and compassionate students in Alaska. Creating an environment that encourages reading habits and offers rich literary resources can greatly enhance the learning journey for students.