1. Description of Our Team
We are a team of four Vietnamese students, two boys: Tung, Vinh and two girls: Thao, Thu. We all live in Thai Nguyen province and we are students at Chu Van An High School. Thu: is the youngest member. She is a 15- year- old grade 10 student. She has been living in Thai Nguyen for 5 years. She likes listening to US and UK music, meeting her friends and travelling. Thao: is a student of grade 11. She is 16 years old. She loves learning English and Chemistry, reading books, listening to pop music and chatting with her friends. Tung: is 16 years old, at grade 11. He is an active boy, he likes playing volleyball, listening to pop and classical music, reading books about developing men's ability. Vinh is 16 years old, at grade 11. He is interested in Information Technology. He likes playing badminton, swimming and creating websites. In this website, we tried to share information about how to be a great leader, which skills you need to have and who are the greatest leaders. We hope you will have lots of useful information after visiting our website.
We worked under the supervision of the two coaches: Mrs. Dinh Huong is an English teacher at Chu Van An High School. She is an experienced and helpful teacher. We thank her for helping us know about this contest, giving us ideas and checking spelling mistakes. Mrs. Le Van is an Informatics teacher at Chu Van An High School. We thank for her help with Information Technology and how to make the website look better.
Joining this project, we can improve our English, gain technological experience and teamwork skills. We also learn about the skills, traits, characteristics and qualities that make an individual a great world leader. Working with this project helps raise our awareness of the importance and significance of leadership. We also bear in mind the ambition of becoming great leaders in the future. We thank everyone for having helped us to make the success of the website.
2. Summary of Our Project
“Soft skill” is a term that refers to the skills which are important in human life such as communication, leadership, teamwork, time management, relaxation, creativity and innovation. The fact is that successful people only use 25% of the professional knowledge, the remaining is 75% of the soft skills they are equipped with. In life and work environment, the soft skills play a very important role because they are decisive factors for the success or failure of each person. One of the most important soft skills is leadership. Therefore, we think that it is important to create a website to help everyone know about traits, skills and characteristics which make an individual a great world leader. While you are learning how to be a good leader, you will gain a lot of necessary experiences to overcome challenges in your life. Our website also mentions women leadership. Researches show that women leaders have more challenges and they seem to be more strictly judged than men leaders. However, women still have the right to believe in themselves that they are able to become the greatest world leaders. We will provide you with important skills to help you become a leader. Furthermore, we also introduce to you some famous world leaders and their achievements, which will help you learn about their skills and apply them in your own situations. Our website is a great attempt to undertake a systematic and scientific study of the skills, traits and qualities which prepares an individual for world leadership.
3. Our Computer and Internet Access
A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:more than 50%
B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:more than 6
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dial-up modem
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:more than 6
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
Our computer and Internet access was constant throughout the duration of the project. There were no issues in getting online in order to do research or connect with each other.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
There are four big problems during making this website. The first problem we had to face is the category we chose. 'Leadership Traits' seemed to be a very big as well as vague issue for the whole team, so it was so 'risky' for us to bump into. However, we all agreed that the more challenging the issue is, the more interesting it becomes. To collect information about 'leadership', we searched information in the internet, went to the school's library, read a lot of books and asked people around us for more ideas. It was very time - consuming to find the documents we needed.
The second problem is that we had difficulty using the English language. At school we only learn simple language for easy communication in daily life and work. Choosing the category of Leadership Traits, we had to use formal language with many techical terms that are quite difficult for us to understand. Sometimes it was hard for us to choose the right words or structures to express our ideas. The whole team had to make great efforts to tranfer what we wanted to say in English.
Lack of skills and experiences on creating a website is our third problem. We had never made any professional website before. At first, we did not know what to do. Then we had to read lots of books, look at many websites to learn how to create a website. We also consulted ideas of experienced people.
The biggest problem we faced was working with a limited amount of time. We usually learn at school 5 hours and 4 hours of enrichment classes a day. We had to try to finish this website on time and do a lot of assignments at the same time. We worked together at school at noon and in the evening and made full use of the time when we did not have classes to work on the project. All members of the team worked really hard to finish this website before the deadline.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Nowadays, leadership becomes more and more significant in our life. Leaders play important roles in the organizations. They can make a football team become the champion, make a company become bigger, earn a lot of money. And more importantly, they make a country prosperous and wealthy, and together they make the world strong and developed. How to be a great leader? Who can be a great leader? It is not hard to say that everybody can be a great leader. We were here to guide and keep you trusting in yourselves.
6. How did your activities and research for this Doors to Diplomacy Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
This project was a voluntary activity which is not included in the curricular. Unfortunately our curriculum requirements are centered on the comprehension of textbooks and related books and everything we deal with is simply remains as a theory. The educational system of our country was not directly involved, but the school environment gave us the opportunity to receive guidance. This project can serve as teaching material for history classes as it contains biographical background about several of worldwide known personalities. Our activities in this project allowed us to understand the need to work as a team and manage our time. Through this project, we could improve our knowledge about leadership, have lots of experiences, become more confident and know how to work more effectively. After joining this contest, we have improved teamwork skills and been closed together.