Primary Schools switch to audio-visual method for history lessons

Since 2012, primary school teachers in Ho Chi Minh City have switched to using the audio-visual method to teach,  offering an innovative and exciting way for young students to learn history.

Since 2012, primary school teachers in Ho Chi Minh City have switched to using the audio-visual method to teach,  offering an innovative and exciting way for young students to learn history.

Primary Students of Nguyen Duc Canh School at Le Chan club-house for a history lesson (Photo: SGGP)
Primary Students of Nguyen Duc Canh School at Le Chan club-house for a history lesson (Photo: SGGP)

Huynh The Nha, a young teacher at Nguyen Duc Canh Primary School in District 5, spent time and effort in collecting documents,  visual imagery and audios of films to engage students in ways that lectures and textbooks cannot offer, on history and the origin of Le Chan Club-House at 586 Tran Hung Dao Street in District 5.

When it came to local history, students of Nguyen Duc Canh School were led to the Club-House and introduced to  the origin of the place, as a temple of the silver-making profession that was built in the 19th century and recognized among the nation’s historical and cultural sites in 1998.

In the academic year 2012-2013, Nguyen Duc Canh Primary School has led 1,200 students of all grades to historical and cultural sites in a bid to improve their knowledge of history.

Similarly, Nguyen Binh Khiem Primary School in District 1 leads their students to museums and historical monuments.  For instance, students took a tour of Ho Chi Minh Museum to understand more about the lesson ‘determined to leave to search of way to save country’.

In addition, groups of history teachers design illustrations of battles of the past to cultivate knowledge for students to easily memorize from big events to trivial details. Thanks to the museum visits, students can easily remember many details by visual learning.

At a forum to discuss  ‘Teaching and Learning history lessons in primary school by audio-visual method’ organized by the Department of Education and Training recently, experts highly valued this teaching methodology.

The City People’s Committee supports the new way of teaching history lessons in order to change traditional teaching ways from passive to active learning. Teachers therefore have to spend more time in collecting documents and images as popular tools to engage their students.

After one year of applying this new method, teachers in District 5 have collected many valuable documents, images, historical feature movies for their lessons. The department will use the collection in other districts.

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