ProActive English, USA

David Kertzner founded ProActive English in 1997 to deliver English language training for professionals and vocational employees at domestic and global companies. He has delivered or managed training programs at major software companies in Silicon Valley, in addition to pharmaceuticals, technology and research companies throughout Asia. He has also managed training at manufacturing facilities employing frontline workers - new arrivals to the U.S. from Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. His career includes teacher training workshops at TESOL, in Brazil - where he was an English Language Specialist (U.S. State Dept – 2013) - and at the TESOL-ESP International Academy in São Paulo.  He has also trained many of his own hires.  David has developed extensive curriculum for the corporate training room focusing on simulations and other replications of workplace communication.   Through ProActive English, www.proactive-english.com, he developed The Business English Web, an asynchronous e-learning tool featuring 100+ hours of Web-based learning activities. A summary of his professional projects and TESOL presentations can be found at: https://tinyurl.com/y7wrzz58 or https://www.linkedin.com/in/dkertzner/. David holds a Master of Education degree in Teaching (ESL) from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Associate Professor Margaret Kettle teaches and researches in the area of second language education in the Faculty of Education at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia. Her teaching areas are the theory and practice of second language teaching and learning, and sociolinguistics in the Master of Education (TESOL) and research methods in the Doctor of Education course. She has supervised ten Higher Degree Research (HDR) students to completion including three from Vietnam; studies focus variously on English for Specific Purposes (ESP) theory and practice, international higher education and teaching EFL pragmatics. Associate Professor Kettle’s research projects include Australian Research Council grants investigating online English language learning in China and the use of digital resources in informal language education with migrant workers in Australia. She has published widely in journals such as the Asia Pacific Journal of Education, the Asia-Pacific Education Researcher and Discourse: Studies in the cultural politics of education. Her recently published book International student engagement in higher education: Transforming practices, pedagogies and participation (Multilingual Matters, 2017) won the 2017 QUT Higher Education Research Network Interdisciplinary Publication Award.

British Council, U.K.

Dr Johanna Motteram is an experienced English language teacher and an English language assessment specialist based in Singapore. She collaborates with British Council colleagues in the region to deliver evidence-based programs to support English language learning and test preparation and provides advice on assessment related problems to schools and other stakeholders. Her research interests include the assessment of writing, the impact of high-stakes English language testing and effective instruction of Halliday’s Interpersonal Metafunction.


Hanoi University of Industry, Vietnam

Dr. Duyen Tran is the Manager of the Language Education project and the Deputy Director of the Testing Center, Hanoi University of Industry, Vietnam. She has many years of experience working as an English teacher at her university. She has been actively involved in designing and conducting teacher professional training courses, especially in English language teaching and assessment. She received her PhD degree from Queensland University of Technology, Australia in 2015. Her research areas include language teaching and assessment, teaching methodology, the employment of ICT in language education, and English for Special Purposes. 


The VietTESOL Convention 2018 Organizing Committee is pleased to announce that the Registration for VietTESOL Convention 2018 is now OPEN. To be hosted by Hanoi University of Industry on the theme of "English Language Education in the Industrial Revolution 4.0: Meeting the Needs of the Dynamic Labor Market," VietTESOL Convention 2018 aims to bring together teachers, practitioners, researchers and research scholars in the field to exchange ideas and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of English language education to prepare for the learners’ in the fast-changing socio-economic, cultural and educational environment of the 4th Industrial Revolution.

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