“From Action to ASEAN”: Colloquium for Language Teachers in Central Vietnam

A Danang English teacher and a Fellow share their action research with other participants in Hue

From May 29-31, English Language Fellows (ELFs) Jill Kester, Lesley Newman and Amanda Hilliard conducted colloquia on action research for 130 university English teachers, postgraduate students, and high school teachers in Danang and Hue, in Central Vietnam. Ten Vietnamese teachers submitted and presented their own action research projects, on topics including peer editing on English writing, self-assessment in speaking English as a Foreign Language (EFL), teaching techniques for large EFL classes, using English web resources on mobile devices, and teaching pronunciation for regional integration.  In addition, colloquium participants were also presented with online resources provided by the U.S. State Department, including free databases to use for reviewing the research already conducted and published. Each day concluded with a hands-on workshop to help participants begin the process of forming a research question to conduct action research in their own classes.  The colloquia acknowledged that as Vietnam continues to undergo regional integration with its ASEAN neighbors, English teaching and communication will continue to grow in importance.  The US Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City worked in partnership with the University of Danang and the Hue College of Foreign languages to support this event.