English teacher needed for private high school in Phan Thiet (native speakers only).

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Working on behalf of a client, Vietnam Street is seeking expressions of interest from English teachers (native speakers only) to teach at a private high school in Phan Thiet for an immediate start.

About the job.

The client school has advised Vietnam Street of the following in relation to the position.

  • Number of classes: 6 per week
  • Duration of classes: each class is 45 minutes in duration
  • Salary: VND320,000 per hour
  • Lesson times: negotiable with the school which is open between 7:00am and 4:20pm Monday to Friday
  • Number of students in a class: about 25
  • Student age: 12-14 years old
  • English level: Beginner
  • Materials used: The teacher will be required to teach from the “Discovery Island” series of books and use the associated multi-media which can be projected onto a whiteboard or screen. The school will provide the teacher and students with the required books.
  • The teacher will be required to bring their own laptop to use the multimedia which is stored on a disc. Otherwise the school does have an old and inefficient laptop available for the teacher’s use
  • The school can provide a Teaching Assistant for the first month of lessons
  • There is no air-conditioning in the classrooms however a fan will be provided
  • Immediate start required

Qualifications

The school would prefer to employ a teacher who has a TESOL qualification plus a teaching certificate and/or a written reference from a previous employer for whom the applicant has performed English teaching duties.

Only native speaking English teachers need apply.

To apply

Contact us with your email address and phone number and we will contact you soon. We will not respond to non-native English speakers.

*Please note that Vietnam Street’s role is to introduce potential teachers to the school. It is not Vietnam Street’s responsibility to negotiate the contractual terms between the teacher and the school.

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We are a Vietnam-based consulting agency that helps foreign organisations and individuals to undertake successful business activities in Vietnam.

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On quality, business, sport and the arts

By Grant Hall, Senior Consultant

Sport and the arts are both part of what we call “culture”.

Business, sport and the arts have a lot to learn from each other.

You might think that the three separate realms are completely different.

I have many friends who like football and many friends who like the theatre – mostly they are different groups of friends.  The people I go to the football with generally aren’t the same people I go to the theatre with.

However, the aspects that I find enjoyable about business, sport and the arts are much the same.

Practitioners in all three fields are striving for the same thing; quality.

I have read Robert M. Pirsig’s novels, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenanceand Lila countless times.  In these books Pirsig threads philosophical viewpoints through semi-autobiographical stories.  Pirsig’s writings investigate the concept of quality – addressing questions like what is qualityand how do we know it when we see it?

Much of the philosophical side of Pirsig’s writings are complicated; some years ago I spent many months obsessively trying to better understand what he was on about.

Although Pirsig cautions against trying to define it, from his writings I concluded the following definition of quality:

Quality is the opposite of wastage

It’s a definition that works for me in a practical sense and helps me to put things into perspective.

Consider this definition of quality being the opposite of wastage in a business sense.  A high quality business operation has minimal waste; resources are optimally utilised to achieve the business objective.  In a quality business, employees aren’t sitting around doing nothing or undertaking tasks that aren’t assisting in achieving the objectives of the business and likewise, money isn’t wasted on items that don’t assist in the achievement of business objectives.

Think about this idea of quality in terms of sports.  Sporting teams also have objectives and usually that objective is to win.  Like a business, a football team deploys it’s assets to achieve objectives.  The highest quality football teams use their resources in the most efficient (or least wasteful) way possible.  We often hear of contestants or teams described as ‘quality’ or as being ‘businesslike’.  Efficiency is a statistic used in many sporting competitions – the efficiency statistic is a measure of quality.

Think about this idea of quality vs wastage in terms of the arts.  Think about the really great works of art; Beethoven’s Fifth, the Mona Lisa – what would you add or take away or change to improve these works?  Nothing!  That is because the artist has utilised the available resources (mainly their own mental and creative capacities) in such a way that there is no wastage.  Take for example F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby, which is often described as ‘efficiently written’ – every character adds value to the plot, every chapter is necessary – there’s nothing you can cull!

This is why the arts and sport are so important in a child’s education – it’s where they can see and experience and get to know quality and learn how to build quality for themselves.

Well, that’s how I see the world anyway.  My decision making is guided by this concept of quality vs. wastage.  I hope that gives you some understanding about how I approach my work.

The twin challenges of international business.

by Grant Hall, Senior Consultant.

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Doing business in foreign markets is difficult; many otherwise successful companies have tried and failed spectacularly.

Broadly speaking, there are two main challenges that your business will face in its overseas operations:

  1. The need to get the business aspects of your operations right, and
  2. The need to get the cultural aspects of your operations right.

If you’re venturing abroad in order to grow your business, the systems and strategies that brought you success in your home country won’t automatically translate to new markets.

Internationalising your business brings about new layers of complexity that need to be addressed.  For example, in your home country you might not need to worry about how best to manage teams in disparate locations employing staff from a diverse range of cultures and language groups.  Staying in your own country you won’t have to worry about foreign HR laws, international tariffs, customs tax and so on.  These are business aspects that you need to be on top of when you venture into new markets.

Thankfully there are experts who can help you get the business aspects of your venture right when operating abroad. Definitive Growth Strategies, for example, is a company that works with North American manufacturers to develop and implement strategies to grow sales into international markets.

Additionally, there are also layers of cultural complexity and subtlety that you will need to engage with.  How do you negotiate in your new market, what behaviors are expected of you, does your product fit with the lifestyles of the people in your new market?

Many companies that have failed abroad did so through an inability to connect with buyers and business partners at a cultural level.  Some companies incorrectly blame business aspects for their failure when their venture’s demise was actually due to cultural reasons.

With often dire consequences, culture is often overlooked by businesses seeking success in new markets.