In an effort to “Connect English Language Teachers and Engage Communities”, VietTESOL Association Dialogues Fall 2018 was held on October 11th at the meeting room of Hanoi University of Industry. This event was mutual support of VietTESOL Association and Hanoi University of Industry, entitled to celebrating the successful formation of the trusted platform which involves all of the stakeholders in support of the strengthening of English language education in different settings. Pertaining to this platform, it highlighted careful preparation for the broad variety of undiscounted activities fostering research and practice which substantially fills the significant beginning of professional development.

Welcoming speech by Dr. Nguyen Hoa and Dr. Hoa's sharing about VTA's mission and core values

Dr. Ngan's exciting sharing about Hanoi University of Industry's behalf as the host of VIC 2018 

Serving to lead a transformation, VietTESOL Association Dialogues Fall 2018: Cooperation for Sustainable Development looked after gathering weighed voices from related stakeholders and Board of Directors of VietTESOL Association. Victoriously, the event aligned with distinguished parties and committed itself to discovering the pressing educationally critical issues. The issues are closely entwined with the careful planning for professional development of ELT teachers, professionals and researchers in Vietnam. Followed by much of paramountcy, the session involved the collection of stakeholders’ expectations from VTA, together with its highlights on quality activities stakeholders can give their hands to.  

Not only did the event opt for the celebrations regarding the remarks about the founded VTA this year but it also attracted the growing collection of concerns about the directions, accompanied by the strategies to uplift the association to a higher level of success. Right after we were informed about why the event was justified, we cheered ourselves up and raised our spirits. All of us trusted the platform would be potentially an outcome that we have expected for a long time. We saw the smiles on everyone’s faces since they recognized the upcoming benefits that will have to be brought out when it comes to English Language Education (ELE) and other related aspects in Vietnam. ELE, in particular, is regarded as widely accepted for inclusion of all ethnic groups, which stands out the expectations on which diversity is heightened and support is always ready to emerge.

Without any generous support from the educational stakeholders, e.g. Board of Directors, University Professors, Associate Professors, Senior Lecturers, Lecturers, Educators, Practitioners, Curriculum Designers, and Policy Makers, who represented the varying population of ethnic groups in the numerous institutional settings, the event wouldn’t have enjoyed a great success. Therefore, the cultural difference no longer signifies as it is necessarily existing in the wake of the respectfully well-noted voices shared among participants. In such, the platform appears as a powerful community of sharing in which to be listened to and updated on the existing problems in each of the regions that each participant represents. The problems are centered on, but not limited to, an array of following highlighted areas:  

  • Sustainable development;
  • Developmental strategy;
  • Teacher education;
  • Teachers’ professional development (PD);
  • Curriculum development;
  • Learning experience;
  • Educational policy;
  • Academic & administrative human resources;
  • Distributed materials of learning;   
  • Education for the remote and underserved ethnic groups;
  • Teaching & learning research;
  • Teaching & learning practice;  

Teachers' voiced perspectives on the institutional units' expectations at Dialogues Fall 2018

It is hoped that this event would inspire others schools of thought with great care. VietTESOL Association is coming to grow faster and faster. The scaffolding communities will be increased in size based on a variety of upcoming large-sized activities and projects, closely aligning with the desires of engaging the wide Vietnamese community of educational stakeholders. As commonly shared by the VietTESOL Association, teachers will have opportunities to better enhance teaching experience and expand a communications network; thus, developing professionally in a sustainable manner.

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Within the framework of VietTESOL International Convention 2019, which took place at University of Foreign Languages, Hue University from 11-12th October, on the afternoon of 10th October, VietTESOL Association (VTA) already held a ceremony to award the certificate of collective membership to three units, including: University of Foreign Languages, Hue University and two affiliated faculties (Department of English, and Department of English for Special Purposes). VietTESOL Association, under the Vietnam Linguistics Association, consists of English teacher members nationwide, together with national and international researchers. The association set the fundamental aim of improving the quality of English teaching and learning in Vietnam to meet the human resource needs in economic development and international integration of the country in the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Here are some photos capturing the significant moments at this ceremony:

Professor Nguyen Hoa- the President of VTA rewarded the certificate of collective membership to University of Foreign Languages, Hue University.

Professor Nguyen Hoa- the President of VTA and Associate Professor Phan Van Hoa – The Vice President of VTA rewarded the certificate of collective membership to two affiliated departments in the university.

The delegates of VTA took photos together.

 

Hanh Le

 

The workshop series, co-organised by the Regional Engish Language Office (RELO), VietTESOL Association (VTA) and the University of Languages and International Studies - VNU Hanoi (ULIS), took place on 4th and 5th October 2019 at ULIS with the participation of 35 teachers from numerous schools and universities in Vietnam.

In the first workshop which took place on 4th October, Professor Fredricka L. Stoller shared with such teachers how to conduct an action research which would help them examine their own teaching in practical terms, at their own pace, and with their own needs and their students’ needs in mind. Not only did Prof. Fredericka give the attendees instructions and support but she also gave them a sample action research of her own on Theater Reader which helped her students improve their reading skills.

The second part of the workshop took place on 5th October 2019, at the University of Languages and International Studies. The lecture was separated into two sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The morning section is the presentation of the two professors about ELT Professional Development. In the three-hour session, Professor Fredricka L. Stoller and Professor William Grabe delivered all the teachers there a great talk about their experiences in application for doctorates in Languages in general, as well as about techniques related to it, including the way to write documentations essential for the application such as curriculum vitae, cover letters and teaching philosophy statements. Not only did the two Professors give the attendees the instructions they need, they also gave them excellent resources for them to refer to, including samples of teaching statements and teaching philosophy.

Comparing to the previous session, this session had less activities and practices for the attendees, which is understandable as this was more of an experience sharing session than a lecture. However, the experiences from the two professors still gave all the attendees a lot of useful helps for their future careers.

The afternoon session of the workshop on 5th October 2019 at the University of Languages and International Studies, delivered by Professor Fredricka L. Stoller and Professor William Grabe, focused on the reading skill, specifically new directions in researching the skill and the implications for L2 instruction. During the session, the two professors shared with the attendees their opinion about the reading skill, considering it as a miracle of humankind and pointed out what a skilled reader can do in any two seconds. They also pointed out the right method to learn how to read, and emphasized on the fact that only by reading a lot over long periods of time could a learner become a skilled reader. Moreover, the professors also gave the attendees a sample reading text for them to practice what they learned to understand thoroughly why their method was considered correct.

All attendees were eager to grasp new knowledge from Prof. Fredricka and took part in pair work and group work enthusiastically. Ms. Nguyen Thi Thao, from Gia Lai Vocational College, said that she could learn a lot from the workshop, especially how to conduct an action research that could help her improve some gaps in her teaching in Gia Lai then. Ms. Tran Thi Thuy Linh, from Hanoi National University of Resources and Environment said that she could find some solutions for her teaching practice then.

     After the workshop was over, the participants received their certificates and took photos with the professors.

Ha Pham & Nguyen Tuan Anh

PRE-CONVENTION WORKSHOP SERIES 

The Organizing Committee of the 5th VietTESOL International Convention 2019 (VIC 2019) is pleased to announce the speakers who will conduct 8 pre-convention workshops at the VietTESOL International Convention 2019. The workshop series will take place on October 10, 2019, at the University of Foreign Languages - Hue University, Hue City, Vietnam.

VietTESOL Association and Extensive Reading Foundation will hold an ELT symposium of teaching the language for non-English majored students through extensive reading at School of Foreign Languages, Hanoi University of Science and Technology, Vietnam.

This ELT SYMPOSIUM is for those teaching non-English majored students in Hanoi and nearby. This event is held from 8.30 am to 12.00 pm on Saturday, September 21, 2019. 

If you are interested in this event, please register at: 

http://bit.ly/31oS3bZ by 11.00pm, September 14, 2019.

Further information can be found in the poster and the website of VietTESOL Association.



 

 

 

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