“The lively attitude of students in class and the natural dialogue between students and teachers impressed us so much that we decided upon my child entering BVIS without any hesitation” – Mr Kang Young Ki - Seong Yool’s (Y5) father.
BVIS HCMC is a leading international school in Vietnam, dedicated to transforming education and creating a lifelong learning community. We ensure that our students will have the academic qualifications and international mindset to confidently live and study abroad.
A bilingual curriculum is an essential part of our curriculum at BVIS. There have been lots of inspiring stories from our students being successful bilingual learners not only in classrooms but also in real life situations following their graduation from school. Over the past few years, thanks to the outstanding education and the strong focus on developing a global perspective, BVIS HCMC has witnessed a growing number of 10 different nationalities at school, contributing to the multicultural environment that we celebrate in daily learning activities.
With the growing cultural diversity at BVIS, we are very proud to see our school’s success in developing not only excellent bilingual but also trilingual learners. Taking the success of just two of our Korean students, Se-a and Seong Yool, this article will help you to learn further about how BVIS can support and develop your child’s love for learning in a trilingual context.
Being part of BVIS’ unique and language focused community since 2014, Se-a & Seong Yool have always worked hard and demonstrated a great learning attitude, which together with our highly experienced and qualified teachers, helped them to make outstanding academic progress, develop fluency in English and Vietnamese and become exceptional trilingual role models in our school community.
Mr Kang Young Ki, Seong Yool’s father, commented, “Since the time they moved to Vietnam, the family has always tried to offer opportunities for Seong Yool to have an exposure to the interesting Vietnamese culture, as well as develop strong English skills.” Mr Young Ki added that the development of learning multiple languages, “will be a crucial preparation for his future”.
“When arriving in Vietnam 4 years ago, Seong Yool didn’t know much English. We decided to look for a school that could help him to grow the skills that he needed to develop. After much consideration, we went to BVIS to learn further about the school and observed the Year 1 class. The lively attitude of students in class and the natural dialogue between students and teachers impressed us so much that we decided upon my child entering BVIS without any hesitation.”
Meanwhile, Mr Kim Doo Huyn, Se-a’s father, expressed the family’s enjoyment towards their life in Vietnam. Being asked about the learning experiences of Se-a at BVIS, he said, “I don’t have any doubt about the quality of the bilingual teaching and learning model at BVIS. I appreciated the teachers’ efforts in growing my kids’ confidence & independence in learning.”
Excelling at a new school within a different culture is not easy, however Se-a and Seong Yool did a great job with the enthusiastic support from their BVIS teachers, Vietnamese friends and their families.
“Understanding the challenge of adapting to a new environment, we help Korean students by placing them with other Korean friends whilst they settle in with their new teachers and make friends with Vietnamese students,” shared Ms Rosy Clark – Head of Primary. “Later, when the Korean students achieve greater confidence and independence in learning, they become fully integrated into our caring and child centred school where they continue their active learning journey.”
Se-a's father further added that his daughter has, “enjoyed happy friendships and acquired English and Vietnamese fluency by having fun at school”.
Seong Yool happily shared that when he was in Year 1 at BVIS,” it was hard to speak Vietnamese, but I overcame this by not giving up, listening to my teacher speaking Vietnamese, reading Vietnamese books from the school library and learning at home.”
At BVIS, there is a strong emphasis on the continued interest, involvement and support from parents for the on-going development of children. Se-a and Seoung Yool’s parents highly appreciate this by continuously providing help and guidance to their children, which helps to support their children’s progress. Both Se-a and Yool are encouraged to read a variety of books at home in 3 languages whenever they have free time to improve their essential skills. As advised by school, Se-a's mum, Ms Kyung, also tries to ensure that she too is a great bilingual role model for her daughter by reading lots of English materials. She added, “It’s always great to let the kids learn through their interests. Se-a or Yool started to watch English cartoons since they were small and that had amazing impact on how they used the languages later.”
The beginning of the academic year 2018-2019 saw an increase in the number of Korean students here at BVIS, which helps to bring a growing multicultural perspective and supports the development of true global citizenship at our school.
With our commitment to delivering the very best education to all our students in a unique and truly bilingual environment, we are always happy to welcome all nationalities to thrive in our school and develop their bilingual, trilingual and multilingual skills.
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