1. The lecture facilities

The Faculty is assigned a number of classrooms at both campuses, according to the schedule of each term. Classrooms are of different sizes to accommodate large classes as well as small classes. Most of the classrooms at Linh Trung campusare nowequipped withmovable desks with chairs in order that students can easily get together for small group discussions and activities. The university also offers many mobile projection units and laptops that can be carried to any room. This means any talk or lecture in the faculty can be enhanced by PowerPoint presentations.

2. The library

EF students and teaching staffs can access to three library systems.

First, with student’s cards, students can use the Library and Information Center of Vietnam National University, HCMC. It is tasked with studying, collecting, processing, managing and providing information as well as sources of teaching and learning materials (textbooks, reference books, academic materials) to all stakeholders (i.e., lecturers, students and others) within the whole VNU-HCM. Supplying 2345  book titles with 4862 copies and full version resources such as Taylor & Francis with 78 magazines, ProQuest with 100 magazines, SpringerLink with 1317 books and magazines, the center is confident to serve basic learning and researching requirements of EF students. The center is greatly invested by VNU to continuously improve its service capacity.

Second, the university has two libraries located at Dinh Tien Hoang Campus and Linh Trung Campus with varied collections. Until June 2013, the libraries have been equipped with more than 6126 book titles with more than 14031 copies excluding newspapers, magazines and reference materials. Besides, in order to access full versions of e-books and theses, students need to attend an orientation session before they use can use their student’s cards to enter and use the library resources. Additionally, all of the university’s lecturing staff can enjoy the free access to the university’s multimedia room for self-research and reference.

Third, the faculty has its own mini library, which is called the English Resource Center (ERC), servicing students of different programs of the faculty, lecturers, and staffs as well. Lecturers can use this library at their own will; meanwhile, students must register to be the members of ERC before using it.

ERC was established in June 1993 under the sponsorship of British Petroleum (BP) and Maxwell Macmillan Publishing Co. Located in a separated area next to the faculty’s academic office, the library occupies an area of 160m2.

Until June 2013, ERC has been equipped with more than 6300 book titles in English of various categories including English language teaching, American literature, British literature, English linguistics, 346 theses (of MA program in TESOL), 1298 CDs, 98 CD ROM and 30 DVDs of teaching materials, 600 firsette tapes, 150 films in literature in order to cater for the teaching and learning needs of both lecturers and students of the Faculty. ERC also has 1 printer, 1 television Sony LCD 49 inches, 1 photocopier, 1 DVD player, 5 firsette players, 1 Videotape player, 2 receivers. [Exh.10.7]. Briefly speaking, collections of this library can sufficiently provide textbooks and references for each course from undergraduate to graduate education.

In addition to this faculty’s library, there is a small section in the library which functions like a multimedia laboratory or a small meeting room. When permitted, lecturers and students can use this specialized place for their small discussion. [Exh.10.8].

Generally, ERC houses a fair amount of textbooks and reference books, which assist students and lecturers in their studying and teaching. From the help of various funding resources, the faculty has been spending sufficient money on buying new books and other studying tools to help students and lecturers have a chance to approach to new resources. Moreover, students have a favorable environment in ERC to study with air-conditioned rooms and wireless internetwhich are always available for use.

In the coming time, the Faculty determines to mobilize from social resources as well as asks for the assistance from the university to update collections annually and renovate ERC. ERC has recently established the second center at Linh Trung campus so as to better serve the needs of students studying at this site.

3. The laboratories

The university has 3 language lab rooms in both campuses designed specifically for language classes. These lab rooms are arranged equally to the class schedules of all university faculties. EF classes, especially listening and speaking ones are taught in those lab rooms as required by teachers in charge.

EF has recently opened a special lab room for Department of Translation and Interpreting. This room simulates a conference room in which equipment for interpreters are available so that students can practice their interpreting.

In the future, EF is planning to have 1 more lab rooms for Department of English Linguistics and Teaching. This is one of the great efforts that EF has madein order to improve the practice activities of the three specializations, thus makes the program more interesting to the market.

4. The computer facilities

EF is trying to maximize the access to computers and internet, printers and scanners for its staff and students to enhance the teaching and learning quality and improve the working effectiveness. The Faculty is now equipped with 22 computers distributed in the faculty’s academic office, the faculty’s administration office and in ERC in order to cater for the needs of staff, lecturers and students who are library users. All the EF offices are all connected to wireless Internet. There are 6 printers located in the ERC, the faculty’s academic office, and the faculty’s administration office, 2 other printers are planned to be installed at the faculty’s office at Linh Trung campus. Both campuses offer wireless Internet access to all students.

5. Environmental health and safety standards

The Faculty follows all the requirements regarding environmental health and safety standards imposed by University of Social Sciences and Humanities, VietnamNationalUniversity. These requirements are also made clear to students and teachers, and are respected in classrooms, faculty office, as well as libraries. In the ERC, besides these requirements, there are rules and regulations which govern readers and reading activities.

Some improvements have been made in order to serve students and teachers more effectively. The requirements regarding environmental health and safety standards will be informed to students and readers in the form of written notice boards. Besides, six more fire extinguishers will be placed in the offices as well as ERC in fire of fire. The EF is also planning to put a second exit in the ERC to ensure readers’ safety in fire of emergency.


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