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THÁNG 10 YÊU THƯƠNG - QUÀ CỦA MẸ CHO CON

Trên thế giới này, không gì trân quý hơn tình yêu của mẹ dành cho con. I Can Read tin rằng, ước mong của tất cả người mẹ đều hy vọng con mình chăm ngoan, học giỏi và nên người. 
Chào đón tháng 10 Yêu Thương, Trung tâm Anh ngữ I Can Read mang đến chương trình “Quà của mẹ cho con”. Khi phụ huynh đăng ký Chương trình học ICR cho bé sẽ có cơ hội nhận ưu đãi học phí và những phần quà tặng hấp dẫn dành cho mẹ và bé. 

Chương trình giảng dạy Tiếng Anh bằng Ngữ Âm và ESL đến từ hệ thống giáo dục đào tạo hàng đầu tại Singapore thuộc Top 5 của quốc gia dành cho trẻ từ 2.5 tuổi – 14 tuổi. Với chương trình được nghiên cứu bởi các nhà tâm lý giáo dục học Người Úc và thành công trên 8 quốc gia, I Can Read đã giúp hơn 200.000 học viên phát triển toàn diện và thành thạo các kỹ năng anh ngữ.

I Can Read với phương pháp Ngữ Âm độc đáo giúp trẻ có thể đọc và đánh vần tiếng anh như đánh vần tiếng việt. Vốn từ vựng được phát triển tự nhiên. Bé không phải lạm dụng trí nhớ để nhớ thêm cách phát âm/ cách viết của 1 từ nữa mà hoàn toàn vận dụng các quy tắc Phonics để việc học từ nhanh chóng hơn.
Ngay cả khi tiếng Anh không được dùng thường xuyên thì kỹ năng Phonics vẫn còn đó và mang đến cho con một sự tự tin nhất định đối với tiếng Anh do vẫn còn khả năng phát âm và viết chuẩn từ ngữ. 

I Can Read thấu hiếu và đồng hành cùng các bậc phụ huynh khi dành tặng cho các bé 1 môi trường giáo dục “mới mẻ và khác biệt” so với các chương trình tiếng Anh thông thường.

* Chương trình áp dụng từ ngày 18/10/2017 – 29/10/2017 áp dụng tại các trung tâm ICRHCM

Halloween 2017-Biến Hoá Hoàn Hảo Cùng I Can Read

Đã từ lâu, Halloween là một lễ hội được chờ đón nhất trong năm của người phương Tây. Đây là một lễ hội truyền thống được tổ chức vào ngày 31/10 hằng năm, hiện nay đã rất phổ biến tại Việt Nam. Trong ngày này,trẻ em hoặc người lớn sẽ hóa trang thành những nhân vật mình muốn, đi đến gõ cửa những ngôi nhà để xin bánh kẹo. Bởi ý nghĩa thú vị đó, ngày nay Halloween đã trở thành một trong những lễ hội đặc biệt nhất trong năm.

I Can Read tưng bừng tổ chức Lễ Hội Halloween 2017 với mục đích giao lưu văn hoá, tạo sân chơi thú vị cho các bé bên cạnh việc học Tiếng Anh tại ICR. Đến với Lễ Hội Halloween tại I Can Read các bé sẽ  trải qua những hoạt động độc đáo nhưng không kém phần đáng sợ:

+Trải nghiệm cảm giác một mình trong Rạp chiếu Phim Ma Quái
+Thử thách bản lĩnh tiếng Anh qua cửa ải của Ma Cà Rồng Dracular.
+Tham gia “ Bữa tiệc Rùng rợn" cùng Mụ Phù thuỷ Simla.
+ Vượt qua nỗi sợ hãi qua các” trò chơi huyền bí” giải mã các biểu tượng vô cùng quái dị để thoát khỏi thế lực tăm tối.

++ Đặc biệt, Halloween tại I Can Read các bé sẽ không thể thiếu hoạt động hóa trang với phần thưởng dành cho “King of the Night” và “Queen of the Night”. Các phần quà hấp dẫn tại ICR.

Thời gian sẽ được diễn ra từ ngày 26/10 đến 29/10. Chương trình sẽ được tổ chức vào tại các trung tâm ICR HCM. Để nhận thông tin chi tiết và lịch sự kiện, Quý phụ huynh vui lòng liên hệ tại trung tâm gần NHẤT.

THAM GIA NGAY HALLOWEEN PARTY 2017 CÙNG I CAN READ 


WHAT IS THE BEST APPROACH TO LEARNING LITERACY SKILLS?

A good instructional approach to reading lessons will make explicit the manner in which sounds combine to create words. It will teach students that accessing the sounds accurately makes pronunciation clearer. 

As students become aware of how sounds blend together, they realise that whole, meaningful words are actually an array of smaller sounds which can be added or subtracted, stretched and blended in the process of word construction. Thus by the time these students move on to looking at letters, what they are able to demonstrate is that letters representing sounds combine, as do sounds and are in fact pictures of sound. This is the first essential stage on the way to learning to read the English language. 

However, it is by no means the end of the story. English is a hybrid language and lacks an agreed rule system for its grammatical constructs, its syntactical outlines and most confusing, for the pronunciation of strings of letters or combinations of letters that combine to complete words. 

Take the letter a. It can represent several different sounds, as in words like cat, gate, was, any, tall, bath and area. Or take the combination of letters ough. It is impossible to know the correct pronunciation of these letters. In the word cough, the sounds are /k/-/o/-/f/.

Now take the word bough. The sounds are now /b/-/ow/ (as in cow). With the same letter sequence in words like though, through and enough, one can see that learning to read in English means knowing how to access the sound array accurately at all times. To not be able to do this means having to guess and hoping to get lucky in the attempt, frequently resulting in reading difficulties.

As English is not rule-bound, it cannot be learned by rules. The challenge faced by educators in recent times is how to empower children to accurately access the sound sequence. Once the foundational requirement to accurately manipulate the phonological array has been taught, the next challenge is how to guarantee accurate pronunciation of the sequence. 

As you saw by the example above, pronouncing the same group of letters is not always straightforward. Many words in English are unpredictable with regard to pronunciation. There has been a need for some time to create an instructional approach that would remove the confusion and ambiguities that can arise when group of letters combine in unpredictable ways. 

Children must know whether to say /off/ or /ow/ (for example) in a word like cough. Additionally many words in written English contain letters that seemingly make no contribution to the pronunciation of the word. This can lead to confusion and reading difficulties for any student. A word like apple could as easily be written /apl/ where the three sounds are all present and eliminating the remaining letters /p/ and /e/.

Historical conventions are not easy to override and few have tried or succeeded. Webster managed to eliminate a few anomalies in written English and changed colour to color for instance, but what has happened is that generally the spelling conventions established by the 17th century have remained in place since and have been impervious to change, notwithstanding the differences between written British English and written American English.

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How We Build English in a Natural Way

With the boom in information technology, there are now a number of channels to access English, such as the Internet, television, iPads, newspapers, books as well as in schools. This new profusion of possibilities may confuse parents as to which channels are most effective and how much time they should spend on each medium.

Our Academic Manager with more than 10 years of experience shares his expertise on this:

Listening is the most important skill for children

Newborn children need 1.5 to 2 years before they start to speak in their own language; they begin to converse with simple sentences at 3, and can only fully express their thoughts by the age of 4 to 5. Bear in mind that we are referring to the child’s native language, to which children are exposed majority of the day.

It is important, then that parents are patient and should ensure that their expectations reflect this reality. There is a tendency for some parents to force their children to talk, and answer questions in English immediately after having a small number of lessons. This only encourages ‘parrot’ learning habits. The child will answer questions with an automatic response without paying attention to what the other person actually said. A typical example is A: How are you? B: I'm fine thank you, and you? Then, when the child is asked “How old are you?” they reply like a parrot “I'm fine thank you, and you?” While learning in this ‘parrot’ style give the impression the child can speak English, in fact, they only have a very limited understanding of the language, and will struggle to make good progress.


In my experience, some children can learn English for a year to 18 months without developing any independent communicative ability. However once they begin to voluntarily communicate, their English capability seems to surge, and they then learn very quickly and communicate flexibly. All children have their own unique learning style, and learn best in varied conditions and activities.
However, for the vast majority of young children, listening is by far the best way for them to acquire a new language. Children learn a language best, not by parroting phrases, but by learning to understand the words and phrases they hear through the context they hear them. After a period of absorption and with the constant encouragement of the teacher and parents, the child will begin to use the language naturally, and their communicative ability will begin to improve rapidly after that point.

The good news is that, although children in Vietnam have little opportunity to practice speaking English, they have many opportunities to listen. They can practice listening through English cartoon shows and online video clips teaching English. I highly recommend that children listen regularly to English songs. The melody will stick in the child’s mind, helping them retain the vocabulary, as well as the rhythm and intonation of English.

Promoting long-term interest in English

Give your child exposure to English through activities, songs and games. The purpose is to get children be interested in English right from the start. If the first time a child is exposed to English is in academic school, English will be just another subject, with all the accompanying pressure, such as exams, tests and grades. The children will then most likely not be interested and this will make it more difficult for them to fully acquire the language later. One tip I often share with my teachers is to use activities the students already enjoy to introduce and practise new words or phrases. So, whatever your child likes to do, just do it in English!

Practising English at home with children is extremely important

Children probably only see their teacher 1-2 times a week. However, they spend a huge amount of their time with parents. Therefore, parents should do their best to be English role models for their children. Try to read short English stories to children before bed. Do not worry about your pronunciation or if the child can understand the story content or not.

Children are much smarter than you think, and can readily understand stories without understanding every word. Children learn by imitation, so parents should give opportunities for the kids to listen to English by reading newspapers aloud, watching movies or listening to English music. Take every opportunity to expose your child to English, and their awareness of the language will quickly build naturally.

Academic Manager

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English for children as early as possible - Is it right?

"Hello, how are you? I'm fine, thank you and you?" For most Vietnamese, this is their first exposure to English in school as well as evening language classes during the 90s. However, in recent years, English is more often being introduced very early in the education process, when children start kindergarten.

Around the world, as well as in Vietnam, educators and governments are supporting the idea that: "children should learn a foreign language as early as possible". However, is this concept right or wrong?

Our Academic Director in I Can Read VIetnam, shared his expert opinion on this point.


Children will pronounce words more accurately if they learn them early.

To give the highest chance of success when learning a new language, it is best to begin studying as early as possible; thereby increasing the time that person is exposed to the language. This will, of course, improve the likelihood of success.
One thing I believe to be true is that the younger a student begins to learn, the more accurate their pronunciation will be. By the time students reach their adolescent years, their pronunciation is already entrenched from their mother tongue, especially as Vietnamese pronunciation is largely nasal, while English is produced in the throat.
However, some specialized systems for teaching English, such as our System, can teach children the same way you learn Vietnamese (by helping students recognize the sounds that make up words, and linking their pronunciation to their spelling). From a very young age, the children will learn how to pronounce English words with a standard pronunciation, and can also read unknown words correctly without having to guess. When a student has reached adulthood, it becomes much more difficult to learn these skills.

Teenagers and adults’ experience can help them learn

However, when it comes to learning more complex grammar and vocabulary points, older students do still have some advantages over very young learners. For example, they can compare and contrast these difficult concepts with their own language and existing knowledge, which will help them to gain a greater understanding and awareness. Furthermore, if a student has already learned a second language, this ability is increased, as they can compare and find similarities with the both their mother tongue and second language. Nevertheless, no matter how many languages you study, learning correct pronunciation becomes more difficult the older you become.

Children like to learn in a fun physical way while adults prefer a logical structure


There is one thing that most scientists in the world agree on: the learning requirements of children and adults are completely different.
Most children react to a new language with a curious and carefree attitude, while adults often find a way of attaching the new structure or concept to the knowledge and experience of life which they have. So, children usually learn better through games and physical activities while adults prefer a logical approach with strict requirements.
It is not possible to use an adult teaching methodology to successfully teach English to children. What is needed is a program specially-designed for children, such as our program. It was created and designed by educational psychologists who had studied the way children acquire a language in great depth and gained a great understanding of how to ensure success in learning a new language. For children to learn well, it is not the amount of knowledge that is important, but how that new knowledge is conveyed.
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