Learning how to teach English to Vietnamese students will provide you with additional job opportunities, cultural enrichment and personal satisfaction. Whether you are a certified teacher or someone looking for a new experience abroad understanding and respecting the culture as you teach English to Vietnamese students will help increase your chances of success and mutual enjoyment.
Vietnamese culture. Vietnamese students have a unique culture and may face some challenges when being taught by American teachers. In order to effective teach Engish to Vietnamese children, teachers should become familiar with various aspects of the culture. Respect is highly valued in the culture and so is the need to avoid embarrassment . There may be times when your Vietnamese students will hide their true feelings in order to avoid offending you, causing embarrassment or causing conflict. It is advisable to use a teaching method that does not bring unwanted attention or embarrassment to your Vietnamese students.
For example, while American students are taught to say ‘thank you’ often, Vietnamese rarely say thank you because doing so would seem insincere or hypocritical - just a habit without feeling or emotion. If your Vietnamese students do say ‘thank you’ you can trust that they sincerely mean it. Avoid criticising your Vietnamese students for failing to say thank you in the same instances as you would expect from Westerners.
Additional tips when teaching Engish to Vietnamese students:
Avoid touching your students
Permit them to call you teacher
Don’t force students to look you in the eyes
Provide written handouts of lecture notes