To whom it may concern,
My name is Dr Cameron Shingleton. I am currently employed as an English Language Educator in the Academic English Program within the Centre for English Language at RMIT Vietnam, having worked previously in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne.
I am writing in support of my friend and colleague Hà Thuỳ Vy’s application for an Endeavour Scholarship. Ms Hà strikes me as a particularly worthy candidate for the reasons set out below.
I have know Ms Hà for 2 years, throughout which time I have been impressed by her abilities as a speaker and teacher of English and her commitment to the task of teaching English to Vietnamese students here in Ho Chi Minh City.
As I understand it, Ms Hà learnt English as part of a six-year stint studying in the US. Since her return to Vietnam several years ago, she has run a small English language centre whose operations, methods and general ethos I have become familiar with during the time I have known her. She is a dedicated ESL teaching professional who is meticulous in her approach to teaching, generous in her responses to students, innovative in her use of technology and organized enough to operate a small and thriving business (her language centre) almost single-handed.
In my own classes at RMIT Vietnam I have used teaching materials designed by Ms Hà on several occasions and I think it is fair to say that the videos, activities and practice exercises that she makes available online are as good as any available to students of English in Vietnam. They are professionally executed, pedagogically well considered and above all they relate the challenges of learning English to the experiences and interests of young Vietnamese. Ms Hà has clearly made herself familiar with a large number of ESL related software tools and has been able to put ed tech to use in a meaningful way in the classroom.
Ms Hà, in my estimation, is someone whose practical activities as an ESL teacher are both thoughtful and original. As such I think she would benefit greatly from the opportunity to study a Masters of Tesol in the Australian university system with the help of an Endeavour Scholarship. A period of study at post-graduate level in Australia would surely be the perfect way to give her passion and engagement a rigorous academic basis.
In sum, I wholeheartedly recommend Ms Hà for an Endeavour Scholarship. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like any further information.
Dr Cameron Shingleton