At Ho Chi Minh Open University, 31 August
Between Marc Helgesen’s visits in May-June, Rob Waring’s team including Paul Goldberg (Xreading.com) and Todd Beuckens (Elllo.com) — 30 Aug. to 13th Sept., and Tom Robb’s tour of seven cities (5-16 September), teachers and students at over 20 universities in Vietnam learned about the need for Extensive Reading in their programs. Marc Helgesen and Tom Robb were sponsored by the Regional English Language Office of the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi, while Rob & company’s travel was self-supporting. Rob’s and Tom’s full schedule is listed here.
One feature of the lecture/workshop series was the “Book Lottery” which resulted in $5000 in books being donated to eight lucky schools in the country. See the link above for further details.
Students Examining Graded Readers at Dong Thap University, Cao Lanh City, 14 September
The ERF provided Vicky Allen a grant for $3000 to purchase both books and tablets so that her students could you MReader to take quizzes. It was frustrating at first due to the poor connectivity, but “because our directors were determined to implement extensive reading into the school, they were willing to invest their money into getting reliable Internet for our reading program and it now finally works!”
“Back in February, there were only two classes using it, even with the poor Internet, and then two more classes joined before the end of the quimester when the new Internet was up and running. In one of the original classes, seven young Indigenous adult women read a total of 147 books. All of these students moved from Level 1 books to Level 3 or 4! In the other class, which was comprised of adults, the attendance fluctuated greatly so the individual results were a bit different. The adults still read a total of 84 books and they became very excited when they passed the MReader quizzes! The motivation of these online quizzes is obvious with all ages!”
See her entire report here.