Thanh Do Thi Mai
Vietnam National University, University of Languages and International Studies
Do Thi Mai Thanh is a lecturer of Intercultural communication at University of Languages and International Studies, Vietnam National University, Hanoi. She has been working and studying on Intercultural communication and Cross cultural communication for over 15 years. Her fields of interest include Inter/ cross-cultural communication, Sociolinguistics, Pragmatics with the focus on the relationship between language and socio-cultural factors.
Encouraging non-English majors in Vietnam to read extensively is a big challenge because that necessitates not only resources, time, teachers’ instruction, but also students’ awareness of the importance of extensive reading in learning a second language. With the emphasis on transforming students’ attitudes and motivations to do extensive reading, the paper will share an action research on how in-class extensive reading was done with a group of 30 intermediate non-English majors at Vietnam National University.
Teaching intercultural communication (ICC) for English major students in Vietnam is a challenge because it demands the teachers to not only raise intercultural awareness but also reduce students’ stereotypes, most of whom have not had much intercultural exposure or gone abroad. With the emphasis on transforming students’ attitudes and motivations to develop their ICC, the paper will share some experiential strategies used in the lessons to change students’ attitudes towards a more ethnorelative perspective.