Yen says his students are working hard to learn the language. English is Vietnam’s most commonly taught foreign language after becoming a compulsory subject in school in the 1990s.
“These grannies have worked hard and put in a lot of effort to get where they are now,” says Yen. At the very least, they’ve built up a large vocabulary for themselves that they can use in their daily lives. “
Lok says in the four years she’s been taking the class, there have been frustrating moments, but she’s happy to be able to understand her grandchildren as they practice speaking English while doing their homework.
“Even though we are old, we should still make an effort to study, because studying helps the brain,” she said.