International conference on English training held in Thai Nguyen

Thursday, 2017-12-07 21:48:02
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NDO/ VNA – Managers, teachers and researchers involved in English training and representatives from the Ministry of Education and Training and the US Embassy in Vietnam gathered in Thai Nguyen city, in the province of the same name, on December 7-8, to seek ways to promote English language training.

The third international workshop on English training or VietTESOL was held by Thai Nguyen University in collaboration with the Management Board of the 2020 National Foreign Languages Project, the US Embassy, and the British Council.

The event, themed “English Language Education in Diverse Contexts”, aims to exchange experience and initiatives on teaching English, while expanding the network of English language teachers, educators, and researchers in Vietnam and in the Southeast Asian nations.

Participants were updated on new approaches to and effective reforms in researching and practising ways of teaching English, thereby seeking appropriate measures for the current situation in Vietnam.

Addressing the opening ceremony, James Dean Brow from the US’s Hawaii highlighted the impacts of globalisation, internationalisation, regionalisation and localisation, adding that English language education has witnessed changes in policies and approaches in which English is considered as a global language.

Hoang Van Van from the Vietnam National University – Hanoi underlined the need to develop an English education programme meeting European standards in terms of learning, teaching and evaluating, saying that such a programme should be piloted before being applied nationwide.

Participants heard nearly 200 reports by 168 speakers, with a focus on strategies for learners, English language and skills teaching, teaching methods, evaluation, and curricula development.

They also attended numerous academic and cultural exchanges during the event.

The first and second VietTESOLs took place at the Hanoi National University of Education in 2014 and 2015.