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Instructor: Ky Nguyen

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VIET297, Spring 2010
VIET197F, Fall 2009

Ky Nguyen: VIET297, Spring 2010

Campus: Kapiolani Community College Department: Languages, Linguistics & Lit
Course: VIET 297 - Intensive Vietnamese II Crn (Section): 34323 (0)    
1. The course objectives and procedures were clear.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (100%)
2. The instructor was accessible to students outside of class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (100%)
3. The course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (100%)
4. The instructor knew the subject area.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (100%)
5. The instructor encouraged students' participation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (100%)
6. The course material was presented in a clear and effective way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (100%)
7. The instructor provided a good atmosphere for learning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (100%)
8. The instructor encouraged me to think for myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (100%)
9. The instructor graded tests and assignments fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (100%)
10. The instructor informed students of their grades on exams and assignments promptly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (100%)
11. The instructor demonstrated concern for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 5 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (100%)
12. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.8 5 0.45 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (20%) 4 (80%)
13. What are the instructor's major strengths as a teacher?
His mind-set, attitude, pride, everything he has, he offered to make everyone work harder and participate as one big group. He has patience, understanding, and respect to each student. He listens and give advice, opinion, and his thought. He is very nice, intelligent and the BEST teacher I've ever met in my life.
Mr. Nguygen know both Vietnamese and Engish very well, like native speaker fom both Vietnam and America, and because of that, we can understand the Vietnamese language better
His depth and breadth of both English and the regional dialects of the Vietnamese language knows no bounds. He has profoundly inspired and motivated me to the point of changing my both my major as well as my life and educational goals.His process of teaching is so fluid at times it doesn't feel like a traditional classroom and more like a seminar we all want to be at.
He has patience and encourages the students all the time. The student never feels left out. Even when the work or assignments seem difficult, he has always made sure that we were part of the process, that we were not left out and participated fully. At the same time, he encouraged us as a group by showing patience and never making us feel like we were not good enough to learn it. Another major strength is his knowledge of the subject material. He was able to answer questions and explain the differences in a such a way that we could understand and once again feel like we were part of the group.
As a foreign language teacher, Mr. Ky is the best teacher I have had the opportunity to learn from. His understanding of English and Vietnamese, and ability to teach and explain it so non-native speakers can understand Vietnamese is excellent. Mr. Ky is also extremely attentive and shows concern for students and helps to resolve any problems and concerns that may arise. He goes beyond being a good teacher and is able to fill the roles of a counselor and tour guide. He is able to teach not only the language, but also the culture. Furthermore, he goes beyond that and teaches important lessons for outside of the class as well.
14. What changes, if any, do you suggest to the instructor?
You can be more strict to student.
I have no suggestions. He made every possible effort to accommodate our individual needs as well as our needs as a group.
I would not suggest any changes. He should remain the same and teach his class the same way. It left a lot of autonomy and allowed us to feel responsible for ourselves. At the same time we always felt like he was there, right behind us in case we needed help.
While I think it is the fault of the students rather than the teacher, it was very easy to get distracted and sidetracked during class time.
15. How did the instructor show concern for students?
Listen to our opinion, making time for us to talk to him and explain what is going on in our group, make space and time for all of us to talk.
He talked to the student ( one to one) to solve the problem that may become bigger and encourage student to solve the problem with the right way
He was always forthright and honest about what was expected concerning our health and safety. If we were tired or sick he always cared for us and made sure we had access to whatever care was needed.If we needed extra time for an assignment he never hesitated to accommodate.
He regularly asked if we needed help. He let us know he was available in and outside class, and never left any questions unanswered. During these past two semesters he shared his time, his knowledge and home with us. When we were in need he made sure we were helped, or that we knew we were not alone. He always explained the culture to us in such a way that we did not feel stupid or ashamed. And finally, he did show concern for us by taking the time after each assignment to check our work individually and answer all our questions.
Mr. Ky showed concern by suggesting to stay away from certain foods that our body likely would not be able to handle. He also helped us if we needed medical assistance through medicine or a doctor. He also made sure we had enough time to finish assignments and projects and made sure we had enough rest on days we traveled a lot.
16. Would you recommend this instructor to students? Why or why not?
YES! of course! because he is good at teaching, his class is very interesting, fun, and a lot of learning. You learn a lot from him more than the book. He doesn't only teach the language, he teaches how to think, feel, by telling us story.
I would strongly recommend Ky Nguyen to students, because he is the best teacher that I ever met before, the knowlege ithat he has in the subect is strong and the personality make every student feel welcome
Absolutely. If a future student has a genuine desire to learn Vietnamese language, culture and history, there is no better man for the job than Ky Nguyen.
Yes, without any hesitations. For the numerous reasons mentioned above and the fact that he is, besides being a very good teacher, a good person, open to discussions, knowledgeable and interesting to be around. But I would advise other students to participate, want to learn and be responsible for their own learning process. Ky Nguyen is very flexible but his method might not be suited for everyone. Students must be aware that they must show interest, be responsible and ready to work with Ky or they wont get the full effect. That is why I recommend Ky because he encourages students to be responsible but at the same time doesn't do the work for them.
I would definitely recommend Ky Nguyen to students because he is able to teach more than most teachers would be able to. He is very caring and a very enjoyable teacher. He makes the classes and activities as enjoyable as possible so that we not only learn, but have fun as well. Because he is also very effective at teaching I highly recommend him for any student just for the sake of learning more.
17. What else would you like to say about this instructor?
He invited us to his house, his relative's wedding, he is open to his family and he treated us like family or guest with respect and great hospitality.
He is the best teacher that I ever have, I hope he can continue to taech the class and to benefit more future students who will learn the Vietnamese language
I think he showed us the real Vietnam and never candy coated the culture or the history of the country. He always spoke from the heart, allowing and encouraging us to think independently.
A part from all his teacher skills and knowledge, Ky is just plainly a VERY INTERESTING and FUN person. It has been very interesting to spend time with him, learn from him and fortunate. He has a good sense of humor, and is very knowledgeable in many subjects.
I am very happy to have been a student of Mr. Ky and am very thankful he was chosen as the teacher for this program. I think the experience of this program would not have been nearly as good if a different teacher was chosen.
18. Other comments:
I just wish that all of us respected Mr. Ky and I really enjoyed this Vietnamese course. I wish this course was little bit longer and also wish that Mr. Ky continues to teach Vietnamese at KCC or UHM. I'm glad that I was selected as one of the freeman student and happy to know "Vietnam" now more than ever.
I have to say that this experience had profoundly affected how I will interact with people in the future. Learning Vietnamese culture, language and history has allowed me to have the values and beliefs in life to firmly click into place. I can think in Vietnamese now which enables me to approach life from a completely different perspective. My desire for achieving life several goals has been re-doubled and the mutual respect we all have with him is something I will cherish for the rest of my life.
I believe I covered everything in the other questions. Except maybe that if another Vietnamese program were to take place, he should be part of it. My own personal opinion.
Great teacher and role model. Very knowledgeable about his field of teaching and effective at teaching it.

Ky Nguyen: VIET197F, Fall 2009     Back to top

Campus: Kapiolani Community College Department: Languages, Linguistics & Lit
Course: VIET 197F - Intensive Vietnamese I Crn (Section): 32347 (0)    
1. The instructor did not speak clearly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
1.0 3 0.0 Freq(%) 3 (100%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. The instructor explained course procedure. (attendance, assignments, grading policy, exams, etc.)
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 3 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (100%)
3. The instructor was available during office hours and/or via email.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 3 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (100%)
4. The instructor explained the course goals and objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 3 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (100%)
5. The instructor knew the subject area.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 3 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (100%)
6. The instructor encouraged students' participation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 3 0.58 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (33%) 2 (67%)
7. The instructor was prepared for class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 3 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (100%)
8. The instructor provided a good atmosphere for learning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 3 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (100%)
9. The instructor encouraged me to think for myself.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 3 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (100%)
10. The instructor's way of teaching assisted my learning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 3 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (100%)
11. The instructor graded tests and assignments fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 3 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (100%)
12. The instructor informed students of their grades on exams and assignments promptly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 3 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (100%)
13. The instructor demonstrated concern for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 3 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (100%)
14. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 3 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (100%)
15. The instructor spoke clearly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 3 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (100%)
16. What are the instructor's major strengths as a teacher?
He is very passionate. Because of his enjoyment in his work, my classmates and I also became very passionate about learning this language.
My instructor impresses me on a daily basis. His demeanor is that of a professional and a human being. His assignments always have a clear purpose whether I know it or not. He is an extremely talented linguist as well an instructor. When ever I requested help or asked about my own weakness he is always honest and forthright. I think is was one of the best learning experiences of my life and consider it a true blessing.
he's a bery smart person with strong communication skills.
17. The instructor was not available during office hours and/or via email.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
1.0 3 0.0 Freq(%) 3 (100%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
18. What changes, if any, do you suggest to the instructor?
At this point in time I have no suggestions. I am very happy with the curriculum as well as the learning environment. The only thing that would have improved the class would have been some nice ergonomic office chairs.
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19. How did the instructor show concern for students?
He asked us if we were ok and if we need to talk about anything and if we did he was ready and available.
He always makes himself available and respects everyone's privacy in that issues of concern are dealt with in private on a case by case manner.
always asks if we understand and if it is ok to move on.
20. Would you recommend this instructor to students? Why or why not?
Yes because he was born and raised in Vietnam so who better to learn the language from!
Absolutely I would recommend this instructor. He is fair, stays on subject, has a great sense of humor and I strongly get the impression that he cares about the progress and needs of every student.
yes i will, cause he make class fun and easy
21. The instructor actively listened to students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 3 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (100%)
22. What else would you like to say about this instructor?
He is a brilliant man in many areas of practical life. Besides his depth of knowledge concerning the English language, as a native Vietnamese speaker, his expertise and breadth of information of the people and culture of Vietnam is 5 stars. He clearly knows so much regarding Northern, Central and Southern Vietnamese dialects. No question ever stumps this man. Ever. He encourages creativity and always always offers help in any way he is able. I am honored to call this man Thay Giao (teacher).
great teacher and educator, i wish more teachers will be like him.