Good evening, everybody
The purpose of my presentation is show the difference between students in Vietnam and students in the USA. I think this topic rather interesting and closet with everyone in this class because you are student or used to. My presentation is in three parts.
The first difference is the study hours. In the USA school is from 8:00 a.m. til 2:45 p.m. Monday through Friday, but in Vietnam we attend from 6:30 a.m. til 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
After the main classes are taken at school, it is optional for you to take extra classes on the subjects you choose such as English or science after school time in the evening, or on weekends. Sometimes, we students work harder than our parents.
The classrooms in the USA are named by the teachers, and the students move from class to class. On the contrary, in Vietnam, the classrooms belong to classes. The teachers move from class to class. Thus, the classroom becomes an un-separated part in our student life and memory.
Another difference is the relationship between the teachers and the students. Students in Vietnam should respect and obey their teachers in the same manner as their parents. The students in Vietnam always keep a certain distance from the teachers, and always show respect to them.
For example, when the teachers enter or leave the classes, we students all stand up greeting and bowing to them. What the teachers give in the lectures is always right, and sometimes it is disrespectful to oppose.
However, American students may say what they think in their minds, provide opposite opinions, or discuss equally in the class. A Vietnamese student will quietly raise his hand and will answer only if called.
Lastly, the study methods are also different. In America, the teacher usually picks a topic and lets the students talk and discuss about it. While the class is debating the topic, no one has a “wrong” opinion and every point of view is welcomed and fairly evaluated. Even when a student makes unpersuasive statements, the teacher tries to avoid rejecting his speech too strongly.
On the other hand, Vietnamese students are taught passively and the teaching method is very teacher-oriented. A typical class is when the teacher writes the summary of the lecture, the students copy everything down and then learns it by heart.
Thus, Vietnamese students seem to be better than American students at doing exercises in science, as they remember Math equations, Physics laws and Chemistry formulas. However, it is hard for Vietnamese to make a speech in public or to take on leadership in a team.
In conclusion, the educational system between Vietnam and America differ in many aspects. Each style has advantages and disadvantages, so I cannot make the conclusion of which one is better than the other. I think it depends on how clever and adaptable the students are, so they can adapt to the education system, gain knowledge and develop themselves.