We've had a wonderful development in regards to the ACCV English Club....
British Council Vietnam
has very kindly offered their support and cooperation. This is huge for us. From being squashed in our tiny office, our blind students will now enjoy the wonderful facilities offered to British Council students.
You can imagine the joy and excitement this has brought to our students. They never imagined they would find themselves wandering the halls of a school like British Council (me neither). The past week or so has been a hive of activity with plans for our introductory/training session and the commencement of the English Club this week. Both have gone extremely well.
British Council staff have been wonderful, they have extended a genuine hand of friendship to ACCV. This has not only included access to classrooms and resources, but a real appreciation for the needs of our students. The introductory session was attended by many of the British Council staff, including management, teaching, administration and security. We were welcomed right across the board.
Dat & Hong are taking on a leadership role with English club, with full support of Mai & Huong. Our teacher Matt is facilitating along with British Council staff. Teamwork at it's best.
British Council staff did very well with their Braille exercises :)
My heart was in Hanoi thinking about the students as they headed off for their first day. They loved it!
They're living the dream....
I received this lovely report from Dat after their first session.
The early days of English club were held at ACCV’s office; however; the space is not large enough to cover the club. Fortunately, ACCV has received the support from British Council and today we are very happy to attend the first club at British Council.
I consider that the first club was successful at British Council. English club is really useful for blind students, everybody was very happy.
They can discuss, listen and speak English.
The students were self-confident to introduce themselves and asked others some questions when they introduced. They learnt more knowledge from the first English club. All students could understand some differences between American English and British English from Mr Leath and Matt. They helped a lot on correcting speaking skill.
English club has created a friendly atmosphere. We also played some fun games and everybody enjoyed it. We all had a good day with a lot of English practice and laughs.
I do believe that our club at British Council will bring English closer to blind people.
Thank you very much.
Alison & Rose
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