The Bilingual Program is The Dewey Schools’ core foundation for students of grades 1-12. The structural and organizational design of the Bilingual Program help students to become knowledgeable individuals who can successfully attend local and international colleges and universities while also having the bilingual ability to communicate in Vietnamese and English fluently.
The Dewey Schools Bilingual Program equips students with bilingual ability not only in communication but also in necessary knowledge, academic skills and competencies of the 21st century to help them gain confidence and success while learning at local and international top universities. Each educational level has a distinct curriculum and global outcome, which suits students’ specific development stage in order to reach their full potential.
The program promotes cross-cultural activities, discussion on global issues and international exchanges to ensure students’ awareness of the issues facing society in the 21st century. We aims at empowering students to become leaders in a changing world who can use their global citizenship skills to make positive impact on any community where they live.
Simultaneously, each Dewey student will become a digital citizen who can use technology effectively, optimally, ethically, purposefully and respectfully.
The Bilingual Program at The Dewey Schools is integrated with our partner, Mount Vernon School, one of the leading innovative schools in the US, to help improve education quality, ensuring that students can approach the educational system of the US and other developed countries. This program, which emphasizes inquiry, impact, and innovation in education with a global impact vision and focus, is transferred and delivered bilingually.
The interdisciplinary subjects embrace the core features of Mount Vernon’s curriculum in organizing knowledge content and teaching methods, and are delivered mainly in English with up to 20 periods/ week. Students, thereby, are helped to:
- Communicate with the surrounding world through information and knowledge exchange as well as cultural exploration.
- Build a foundation for global citizen, personality, and capability development.
- Develop research skills using English and succeed at any level and in any environment, rather than focusing solely on improving their daily English conversation skills.
Students learn actively in different pathways at varying progress defined by the MAP assessment. It is the most innovative and trusted assessment to measure student academic performance and development in reading and language use. Currently, the test is taken by over 9 million US students and international students in more than 145 countries around the world.
The Vietnamese-medium subjects designed by the Educational Research & Pedagogical Council (ERPC) stimulate students to explore knowledge through practical experience.
TDS curriculum is delivered with 4 teaching methods, namely learning by doing, project-based learning, inquiry-based learning and design thinking. These 4 methods are developed based on the principle of teacher organization and student implementation so that students can explore, discover, and master knowledge themselves. These 4 learning methods, together with the curriculum and international teachers and specialists, will help Dewey students to develop 5 foundational skills of the 21st century, including communication, creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and self-learning.
Examination & Assessment
TDS puts students in the center to build a competency-based curriculum that suits each student’s learning path. Students’ learning outcomes are not only used to assess their current competence but also serve as a basis for the schools and teachers to design ability-appropriate lessons to help them improve in the future. TDS assessment objectives are specified as below:
- Identify, plan and provide necessary information for effective learning
- Assess learners’ knowledge, skills and personality in line with life requirements and demands (learning assessment and assessment for improvements in learning)
- Feedback from various data sources
- Assess learners’ attitude, understanding and perception about their learning, school environment, and their participation and/or contribution to community activities (assessment while learning)
- Document learning performance and progress towards the goals of knowledge and skill mastery based on a synthetic learning and assessment information system
- Plan for future learning