Vinh is a medium sized city located as a hub in North Central Vietnam, about 300 km south of Hanoi with a population of 500,000. Lying on National Highway No. 1, Vinh is easily accessible from other parts of Vietnam. There are overnight trains and buses to Hanoi, daily flights to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, and weekly flights to Bangkok and Vientiane. Fellows can buy common food, furniture, clothing, and living items in Vinh, but there may not be much variety. The Fellow can find western restaurants, big hotels, and shopping centers in the city but choices are more limited than those in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City. There is a private international hospital and a central hospital run by the Ministry of Health in the city but Fellows would need to travel to Hanoi for anything complicated and for good dental treatment. The campus is quite large and located right in the city center and just 15 km from the beach. On the whole, Vietnam is an easy country to live in for foreigners. There is good IT/cell phone infrastructure, good housing, and an excellent variety of fresh and local food. The challenges are, at times, traffic and pollution.
Host Institution: Vinh University
Established in 1959 as a teacher training college, Vinh University was the first public university to be founded in North Central Vietnam and remains the largest one in the region. It has a total student body of 46,000 students shared between two campuses and 18 teaching and research departments. With 1,016 staff, among them nearly 800 teaching staff, Vinh University offers degree programs in 50 undergraduate majors, 35 master majors and 15 doctoral majors. Although the programs vary, teacher education remains a priority and strength. Students are mostly from the countryside areas of six provinces in North Central Vietnam, and from Laos and Thailand. The University has 48 English teachers and approximately 1,500 English major students. Three Fellows have been placed at the University over the last 10 years.
- The Fellow will teach communicative English language skills to undergraduate English majors (mostly pre-service English teachers).
- The Fellow will co-teach courses in English language teaching methods to post-graduate students majoring in TESOL as part of their curriculum.
The Fellow may be asked to:
- Conduct workshops for English teachers of Vinh University Department of Foreign Languages.
- Assist teachers and students in organizing English club activities and American culture enhancement activities to promote an English language speaking environment at Vinh University.
- Co-teach training workshops on TESOL methods and techniques for K-12 practicing teachers.