5th VietTESOL International Convention 2019 (VIC 2019) is delighted to announce the five keynote speakers who will present at the VietTESOL International Convention 2019 on October 11-12, 2019, at University of Foreign Languages - Hue University, Hue City, Vietnam.
- Dr. Nick Saville, Director of the Research and Thought Leadership Division for Cambridge Assessment is this year’s first keynote speaker. He is Secretary-General of the Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE), on the Board of Trustees for The International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF), a Board member of Cambridge University’s Institute for Automated Language Teaching and Assessment (ALTA), and a visiting professor for the ICT-Assisted Interpreter Training Project at Xiamen University, China.
He was a founding associate editor of the journal Language Assessment Quarterly and is currently joint editor of the Studies in Language Testing (SiLT, CUP), previously with the late Prof Cyril Weir, and editor of the English Profile Studies series (EPS, CUP). He co-authored a volume on Learning Oriented Assessment (LOA) with Dr Neil Jones (SiLT 45).
In his Plenary speech on "Assessment for Learning English using Digital Technology", he will introduce a theoretical model of Learning-Oriented Assessment (LOA) as well as the definition and application of game-based learning in this model to create "ecosystems of learning". Finally, he will address the role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in ecosystems of learning, especially assessment for learning and exemplify how it can be implemented both inside and outside of the classrooms by using a free application called Write & Improve.
- Dr. Donald Freeman, Professor of Education, University of Michigan, whose work has focused on understanding and designing equitable professional development opportunities in ELT that are accessible to teachers across diverse teaching circumstances and contexts. He directs the Learning4Teaching Project, a series of national research studies of ELT public-sector teachers’ experiences in professional development conducted in Chile, Turkey, and Qatar. He is Senior Advisor on the ELTeach Project (National Geographic Learning), which provides on-line professional development to ELT public-sector teachers, and author, most recently, of Educating Second Language Teachers, (Oxford, 2016). He is a past president of TESOL, and member the International Advisory Council for Cambridge ESOL, and immediate past chair of the International Research Foundation for English Language Teaching (TIRF).
His plenary “Why do language teachers (need to) use other people’s ideas?” provides insights in how (and why) there is a likelihood that classroom language teachers rely on other people’s ideas to understand and direct what they do when they teach. At the end of his presentation, Prof. Donald Freeman will introduce “a framework for examining this problem as well as strategies to (re)orienting the work of classroom teaching to make it more diagnostic”.
Together with his plenary speech, he will conduct a workshop titled “Learning from experience in teacher education” to provide participants with exposure to a set of four basic design principles for teacher training and professional development. These principles emphasize how teachers build their knowledge and develop reflective practices and professional communities from their experiences in and out of the classroom.
- Dr. Nguyen Thu Le Hang, University of Languages and International Studies, Vietnam National University, Hanoi is the next to keynote at VIC 2019. Dr. Hang Nguyen is a senior lecturer and the head of the Fast-track (BA Honors) program, Faculty of English Language Teacher Education, ULIS-VNU, Hanoi, Vietnam. She has expertise in TEFL, teacher education and project management. Her professional interests include innovative education and quality assurance.
Her speech “A Journey from Learner Autonomy to Learner Empowerment: Transformation and Inspiration” particularly “tells a story of how an innovative teaching-learning model can transform learners’ learning experiences and inspire them to become co-creators of their learning activities” through snapshots of the “signature” CLC (Vietnamese acronym of the Fast-track program) projects and assignments. Especially the speaker will introduce the multi-dimensional learning theory developed for the program and by the program, adopting Vygotsky’s Social Constructivism and current best approaches and practices such as Israeli Futuristic approach to education, the Global competences for graduates, and the 21st century learning model.
- Dr. Fredricka L. Stoller is a Professor of English at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona, where she teaches in the MA-TESL and Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics programs. Her professional areas of interest include L2 reading, content-based instruction, project-based learning, and disciplinary writing. She is co-author of Teaching English to Second Language Learners in Academic Contexts: Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking (with J. Newton et al., 2018, Routledge); co-author of Teaching and Researching Reading (with W. Grabe, 2nd ed., 2011, Routledge; 3rd ed. forthcoming); co-editor of A Handbook for Language Program Administrators (2nd ed., 2012, Alta English Publishers); and co-author of Write Like a Chemist (2008, Oxford University Press). She has published in English for Specific Purposes, English Teaching Forum, Journal of English for Academic Purposes, and Reading in a Foreign Language.
Her keynote “Empower and Engage Your Students: Make a Commitment to Reading Fluency Instruction” will address fluency and fluency training in the skills of reading in language classrooms. She will present key elements of reading fluency as well as related tasks to be incorporated in the classes. She will also introduce possible research projects “that could advance the fields of applied linguistics and language teaching in the area of reading fluency.”
- Dr. Pham Thi Hong Nhung, who obtained an MA and PhD in Applied linguistics from the University of Queensland, Australia. She has been director of Language Teacher Development Centre and Vice Rector of University of Foreign Languages, Hue University, Vietnam since 2009. Pham has more than 20 years of experience in training English language teachers and has led different national research projects. Her research interests include teacher education, language teacher professional development, and intercultural communication. Her recent publications are the article General English proficiency or English for teaching? The preferences of in-service teachers in RELC Journal (2018) and 2 book chapters in Critical, constructive assessment of CEFR-informed language teaching in Japan and beyond - F. O’Dwyer et al. (Eds.) by Cambridge University Press (2017), and Intercultural communication in Asia: Education, language and values – A. Curtis & R. Sussex (Eds.) by Springer (2018).
Her speech will discuss change in current contexts of English language teaching and learning and the necessity of preparing and developing teachers to become change agents. Based on relevant literature and research findings, she will also “suggest ways to have change led by teachers from their own classroom needs so as to empower teachers as professionals and to improve educational outcomes.”
Registrations for VIC 2019 is now open. Please visit http://tinyurl.com/vic2019registration for more details and funding opportunities.
To submit a proposal to present at VIC 2019, please visit https://convention.viettesol.org/