Del Spafford
Macmillan Education

Del Spafford (MA TESOL; Dip.TESOL) is the regional teacher trainer and academic consultant for Macmillan Education. He has been working in ELT for over 20 years. His experience includes 11 years with the British Council in Thailand, where he has planned and delivered teacher professional development in a variety of contexts including both private and public schools. He is a passionate educator and publisher and thrives on integrating research-based methods and ideas into courses and supporting teachers to implement effective learning strategies in the classroom.

VietTESOL International Convention 2018 will feature seven invited speakers from various countries such as Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Vietnam. Some of these speakers are sponsored by prestigious organizations such as the Regional English Language of the U.S. Embassy in Vietnam, British Council, Macmillan Education and Pearson. 

Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology and Education, Vietnam

Dr. Tin Dang is an EFL and TESOL lecturer at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in Vietnam. He currently works as a dean of Faculty of Foreign Languages, Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology and Education. He previously worked for Vietnam National University HCMC, SEAMEO RETRAC, and PetroVietnam University. He has also been teaching postgraduate programs and supervising research students at HCMC University of Social Sciences and Humanities, HCMC Open University, HCMC University of Technology, Tra Vinh University, and BaRia-VungTau University. He completed his MA in TESOL at University of Queensland and PhD at La Trobe University. His research primarily focuses on learner autonomy, teaching methodology, curriculum development, and technology in education. He has published in TESOL in Context, The Journal of Asia TEFL, The Asian EFL Journal, The Internet Journal of Language, Culture and Society, and a few others. He has chaired Language Teaching and Learning Today Conference (LTLT) in 2017 and 2018.

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,, 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: or 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.

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