“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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