First Summer Meeting Announcement

Following is the official announcement of the Summer Meeting organizing committee. For more information please visit their homepage. You are welcome to our Meeting no matter what your major is 🙂


Dear all,

We are happy to announce the bearing of the Ho Chi Minh City Summer Mathematical Meeting (Summer Meeting for short) Summer Meeting is an annual meeting organized by former students of the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics, University of Natural Sciences, Vietnam National University – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, who are currently studying and doing mathematics abroad. It is hold each summer at the school on the occasion of their home visits.

The official website of the meeting is at

The main objectives of our Summer Meeting are: fostering a community of Vietnamese mathematicians working abroad; providing an opportunity for interactions between that community and the faculty and students at our home institution, exposing the latter to current mathematics; and improving the quality of mathematical education in our home institution. Further, we hope that the meeting will be beneficial to all participants too.

The first meeting will be the second week of July 2008 (tentatively) at the University of Natural Sciences, Ho Chi Minh City.

We intend that the range of topics at the meeting can be wide, including original researches, surveys of new and not so new subjects, discussions on mathematical education … We also intend that the atmosphere at our meeting to be more relax and less formal than at a regular conference.

We welcome all of participants regardless of background and origins. If you would like to attend the meeting (giving talks or not), please feel free contact one of the committee members.


Organizing Committee


 – englishstudyforvms –

Thank you :)

Dear all,

Thanks, yeah, big thanks to our precious Authors. We all are now busy and rarely have chance to get online for the blog, and it was our precious Authors who have spent their time checking comments, replying and writing posts.

There are some unpublished drafts going on. Just to make sure for our Authors, when you are finished and want to publish please make sure that you hit the “Publish” button instead of “Save”, then check if the article has been posted (I have done it wrong several times then realized my post was not online till days later 😦 )

Other thanks go to our readers. We received helpful comments from our readers as Tâm, Hong Thuy, Khac Phuoc,… (I’m sorry I can’t remember all ^_^ ), and use them to update our post. We also have a comment from a special “reader”, Paul Scott from replying our concerns about the Blog Competition on BBC Learning Network that has been mentioned in one of our posts 😀 .

Recently, even though we don’t get online often, we still think of the blog and, hopefully, when we have more free time to come back there will be some new ideas for our blog. It will be nice to receive new ideas from our Readers and Authors, too. I hope our blog will be beneficial to many students 🙂

Have a great semester to all,

– englishstudyforvms –

Guidelines for preparing your PowerPoint presentation

This is the Guidelines for preparing your PowerPoint presentation or How to prevent PowerPoint abuse. You can apply these guidelines not only for PowerPoint presentation but also for WinEdit presentation or any other types of presentation using the computers. I hope it will help you in preparing your own presentation in the future.

PowerPoint is the professional standard for presentation software. It can be easily prepared, edited and arranged and is used to do the following:

-deliver a polished presentation

-guide your audience through the points you are making

-display the organization of your ideas

-link to other applications

PowerPoint is meant to complement what you are talking about; it shouldn’t be a subtitle for you. The audience should focus on what YOU are saying, not reading the slides. Your emphasis should not be on the PowerPoint itself but on the subject that you are talking about. It’s best used for outline of graphs, charts, pictures, etc. It’s not best to use it for text of paragraphs. The presenter should never read the slides; instead, the slides should be used for talking points. If possible, the presenter should build in interaction or Q+A and supplement with handouts or other visuals.

Things to think about and watch out for in slide design:

1. Font size is critical. Use nothing smaller than 18-point, and larger is best; text and visuals can use 18-24-point, and titles should be 32-point. Font style also matters; Tahoma is known to be best with PC and Arial best in Mac. Sanseraph styles are better than seraph (the simpler it is, the easier it is to read). ALL CAPITAL LETTERS is hard to read!

2. Be sure that you have one idea per slide. There should be plenty of empty space.

3. Use bullet points, key word outlines and phrases rather than full sentences or paragraphs. The general rule is that there should be no more than 5 bullet points per slide and no more than 17 words per bullet point.

4. Templates and backgrounds should never compete with the text. Dark backgrounds and light text work well.

5. Color, sound and action can be interesting, but in general, there shouldn’t be more than 3 colors used, and action or sound should never interfere with or overshadow content.

6. Be sure you are consistent with each slide regarding font size and style, capitalization, etc. with headings, bulleting, etc.

7. The general rule is to have no more than 1-2 slides per minute of your presentation (not including the title slide and outline)

8. Absolutely no spelling or grammar mistakes!!!!!!

Tips for presenting slides

1. Pros and cons for using pointers

2. Stand where you can avoid blocking the view of the screen

3. Maintain eye contact with the audience while presenting slides

4. Use transitions between slides.

Numerical Expressions: A guide to Pronunciation

When I attended one English course (the first course) at WSU, they gave me this document (I put it in the attached file, you can see the link below). This will help you pronounce some basic mathematical symbols, numbers, time, years, temperature and some other measurements. This is very simple but important. Be sure that you pronounce them fluently before learning to speak complicated symbols and expressions.