The Regional English Language Office, U.S. Embassy in Vietnam and VietTESOL Association are pleased to invite you to participate in two series of workshops, one for university-level English teachers and the other for K-12 English teachers. The workshops will be conducted by Mr. Joe McVeigh, a U.S. Department of State English Language Specialist, who is giving a keynote presentation at CamTESOL 2019 this weekend.

 

There is a maximum of 35 participants in each series and slots are available first comes, first served. Please register here: https://tinyurl.com/VietTESOLworkshops2019 no later than Tuesday, February 19.

 

Please find below the trainer’s bio and workshop descriptions.

 

Joe McVeigh is a teacher, teacher trainer, and independent educational consultant based in Middlebury, Vermont in the northeastern United States. He has taught previously at California State University Los Angeles, the California Institute of Technology, and the University of Southern California. He teaches courses in TESOL methodology at Middlebury College, and courses in second language acquisition at Saint Michael’s College, both in Vermont. He serves on the Board of Directors of the TESOL International Association and has traveled as an English language specialist for the U.S. Department of State, giving workshops and conference presentations in a variety of countries as well as online webinar presentations. He is the co-author of two textbooks in the Q: Skills for Success series from Oxford University Press and co-author of Tips for Teaching Culture from Pearson. In addition to giving plenary talks and workshops at professional conferences, Joe contributes to the field through his website, which contains videos, resources, and presentation slides and handouts at www.joemcveigh.org.

 

Workshops for University Teachers

Venue: Hanoi University, Km9 Nguyễn Trãi, Thanh Xuân, Hà Nội

Dates: February 20-22, 2019, 9:30 - 16:00 (three days, two workshops per day)

 

WS1: Principles to Practice in Teaching Reading and Vocabulary

Reading is a complex skill that is critical to English learners’ language development.  In this interactive presentation, we will start with a brief overview of current theories about how students learn to read. Then we will examine how these principles can be applied effectively in practical reading and vocabulary activities. At the conclusion, participants will leave with a menu of practical reading and vocabulary activities and knowledge of current principles in reading and vocabulary instruction.

 

WS2: Empowering Students with Media Literacy

Each day English language students absorb messages from newspapers, magazines, television, radio, and many forms of social media. Just as we help our students to read, listen to, and understand English, we also want to help them develop critical thinking skills to understand and assess the information they obtain through different forms of media. In this session, we will present activities to help students ask key questions about the messages found in news and social media. We will examine specific media texts and engage in hands-on evaluation techniques that can be used in class with students.

 

WS3: Writing Effective Student Learning Outcomes

Many teachers and curriculum coordinators need to write student learning outcomes for course development. How can these teachers write outcomes that are clearer and more effective?  In this session, the presenter describes characteristics of model learner outcomes, guides participants in critiquing examples, and helps them practice writing their own outcomes.

 

WS4: Practical Techniques for Teaching Culture in the Classroom

Many teachers integrate some form of culture teaching in the classroom, but this often takes place in haphazard fashion.  In this interactive session, the presenter will demonstrate ten useful techniques to teach culture in the classroom in a more focused way.  Participants in this practice-oriented presentation will be actively engaged in the demonstrations and will be encouraged to share their own experiences in teaching culture in the classroom. A handout will include topics for exploring culture, outlines of the techniques demonstrated, and a bibliography. At the conclusion of the session, participants will have gained new knowledge and practical skills to return to the classroom and make immediate use of the techniques to engage their students in culture learning.

 

WS5: Implementing Content-Based Language Instruction in the Classroom

This workshop will focus on the needs of teachers using content-based language instruction in the classroom. Participants will examine methods to better connect content learning and language instruction. We look at sample materials and tasks for the classroom and consider how best to structure lessons. We will briefly share different models for assessing student work. This workshop is appropriate for both language teachers who are working with content and for subject-matter teachers who are implementing language instruction in their classes.

 

WS6: Looking In, Looking Out: Teachers Learning from Ourselves and Others

In this talk we examine ourselves and our professional learning in two ways: first we look inward, to see what we can learn from within ourselves and ourselves in relation to others; and secondly, we look outward to see what we as English language teaching professionals can learn from those outside our field. As English language teachers we naturally turn to others in our profession to help us learn about new developments in the field. Today, we turn our glance first inward, to see what our own reflective practice can teach us. Then we shift our gaze to see how those who are engaged in professions that are entirely different from our own can influence our behaviors in the school and classroom. Our ultimate goal is to connect and engage with our students in such a way that their success comes from our commitment to them with our hearts, as well as our heads.

 

Workshops for K-12 Teachers

Venue: Experiental School of Educational Science, 50 Liễu Giai, Ba Đình, Hà Nội

Dates: February 23-24, 2019, 9:30 - 16:00 (two days, two workshops per day)

 

WS1: Teaching Pronunciation: Basic Concepts, Materials, and Techniques

Teaching pronunciation is often a step-child of English language teaching. It doesn’t receive nearly as much attention as the four skills or the teaching of grammar. But if students are to be comprehensible, they need to pronounce words correctly. In this workshop, we will review the basic elements of teaching English pronunciation and practice using techniques to make our students easier to understand.

 

WS2: Practical Techniques for Teaching Culture in the Classroom

Many teachers integrate some form of culture teaching in the classroom, but this often takes place in haphazard fashion.  In this interactive session, the presenter will demonstrate ten useful techniques to teach culture in the classroom in a more focused way.  Participants in this practice-oriented presentation will be actively engaged in the demonstrations and will be encouraged to share their own experiences in teaching culture in the classroom. A handout will include topics for exploring culture, outlines of the techniques demonstrated, and a bibliography. At the conclusion of the session, participants will have gained new knowledge and practical skills to return to the classroom and make immediate use of the techniques to engage their students in culture learning.

 

WS3: Principles to Practice in Teaching Reading and Vocabulary

Reading is a complex skill that is critical to English learners’ language development.  In this interactive presentation, we will start with a brief overview of current theories about how students learn to read. Then we will examine how these principles can be applied effectively in practical reading and vocabulary activities. At the conclusion, participants will leave with a menu of practical reading and vocabulary activities and knowledge of current principles in reading and vocabulary instruction.

 

WS4: Engaging Students in the Classroom Through Photos and Images

An effective way to engage our students more deeply with the content of our classes is through the use of photographs and images. In this interactive presentation, we will explore principles and practices of creating unique and engaging lessons using visual stimulation. We will look specifically at several kinds of practical in-class collaborative activities for the teaching of a variety of language skills. We will investigate how teachers and students can create and use personal images in addition to sharing great sources of copyright-free images to be used in classroom and presentations. The ideas in this presentation will be relevant for teachers of students of all ages and proficiency levels, and applicable to those who work in a variety of settings.

 

 

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