Presenter Information

Tyler Van Sickle

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Room 301

Start Date

15-5-2014

End Date

15-5-2014

Abstract

Governmental and social pressures in Vietnam have increased the demand for English speakers within the workforce. With insufficient English programs in the public school system, many seek the education elsewhere. The Trung Institute will be a private school in Vietnam, specializing in teaching English as a second language (ESL). Currently ESL programs exist in Vietnam but most employ native English speakers with little teaching background as instructors. Teachers will be recruited from Teaching and ESL programs at Washington State University and Concordia for one-year stints in Vietnam. Teachers will be selected each year through an application process. The Institute is set apart through the use of certified teachers rather than untrained volunteers, and will be marketed as a higher level of education. The institute will prepare students for the Test of English as a Foreign Language, a requirement for citizens of Vietnam to receive their high school diploma. The curriculum will be designed to give students the edge in the workforce. The school will open in Ho Chi Minh. Due to the construction of the new international airport the surrounding area is going through significant development, and is expected to see a large economic boom. The initial investment is projected at $300,000. This will be used in the construction of the school, faculty residences and for operational funds, with high return in the long run from tuition and uniform sales. Once the first school is deemed a success, the model of this institute will be duplicated throughout Vietnam.

The Trung Institute of English as a Second Language by Tyler Van Sickle was awarded the first-place prize in the 2014 SOURCE Business Plan Competition.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Provaznik, Bill

Additional Mentoring Department

Management

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May 15th, 12:00 PM May 15th, 12:30 PM

Trung Institute of English as a Second language

SURC Room 301

Governmental and social pressures in Vietnam have increased the demand for English speakers within the workforce. With insufficient English programs in the public school system, many seek the education elsewhere. The Trung Institute will be a private school in Vietnam, specializing in teaching English as a second language (ESL). Currently ESL programs exist in Vietnam but most employ native English speakers with little teaching background as instructors. Teachers will be recruited from Teaching and ESL programs at Washington State University and Concordia for one-year stints in Vietnam. Teachers will be selected each year through an application process. The Institute is set apart through the use of certified teachers rather than untrained volunteers, and will be marketed as a higher level of education. The institute will prepare students for the Test of English as a Foreign Language, a requirement for citizens of Vietnam to receive their high school diploma. The curriculum will be designed to give students the edge in the workforce. The school will open in Ho Chi Minh. Due to the construction of the new international airport the surrounding area is going through significant development, and is expected to see a large economic boom. The initial investment is projected at $300,000. This will be used in the construction of the school, faculty residences and for operational funds, with high return in the long run from tuition and uniform sales. Once the first school is deemed a success, the model of this institute will be duplicated throughout Vietnam.

The Trung Institute of English as a Second Language by Tyler Van Sickle was awarded the first-place prize in the 2014 SOURCE Business Plan Competition.