6 Great Teaching Games for 5- to 7-Year-Olds

May 1, 2017

Students aged five to seven are a joy to teach. They are naturally inquisitive and more often than not, full of joy. However, it is safe to say that their irrepressible energy provides teachers with some unique challenges. Here are Teacher’s Friend – Vietnam’s top-notch teaching games for harnessing this energy, and changing it from an obstacle to an advantage.

Telephone

If you’re from the United Kingdom, you may well know this game as ‘Chinese Whispers’, a title that is now considered politically incorrect. The concept is simple; sit students in a circle and choose a word/phrase from that lesson’s target language. The first student must whisper the word to the student to his right, that new student then whispers to the student on their right, and so on until the turn of the final student in the circle (the student sat left of the original student). This final student must repeat what they heard out-loud for the class. The game then repeats by switching both the initial student and the chosen vocabulary point. A lot of the time, the final students will get the answer completely wrong, but that’s all part of the fun. The game is not only an enjoyable time-out, but it provides subtle language drilling; students will unwittingly focus on the pronunciation of the language they repeat.

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7 Excellent Attractions in Hanoi

April 19, 2017

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

This striking building is perhaps Hanoi’s most iconic monument. Inside is the preserved body of beloved leader Ho Chi Minh. It is worth getting up early at around 6am for the impressive changing of the guard. It is well worth the surreal experience of visiting his body but opening times are strange, it is only open in the morning and not every morning. Be sure to look it up before you visit to avoid disappointment.

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10 Unmissable Foods in Hanoi

April 19, 2017

There is not one single food capital in Vietnam, but the capital of Vietnam certainly has a lot of incredible food to offer.

 

  1. Ph (pronounced ‘pherr’)

You can’t walk down a street in Hanoi without finding a pho joint. Whether you prefer the classic bo (beef), or the slightly lighter ga (chicken) this iconic dish is a must. If there really is a chicken soup for the soul, then this is surely it. It’s available any time of day and is a popular choice for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s best with the local black pepper, lime, chili and garlic sauce that sits on nearly every table.

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10 Great Drinks to Try in Hanoi

April 19, 2017

Vietnamese Coffee

A strong, unique coffee famous throughout the world for its quality. It is served over ice in summer and hot in winter. The Vietnamese do a lot of different drinks with coffee, they often serve it with cream, yoghurt, ice-cream but for the classic Vietnamese coffee experience, drink it with a sweet, condensed milk.

Find it at all of the thousands of cafes in Vietnam.

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Nine Fantastic Cafe’s In Hanoi

April 19, 2017

Hanoi inherited France’s café culture during their colonial period and nowhere is this more apparent than in the capital. Whatever your style there is something for everyone, from modern trendy coffee shops to quaint little cafes, it’s a huge part of Hanoian culture.  Expect free wifi in all of the cafes listed below and in most around the city. We’re sure you’ll find your own favourites eventually but until then here are some TFV favourites.

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