More than 100 Experts Gather for the First Regional Symposium on English Language Teaching


TVU Campus 1 – 26 May 2016, the School of Foreign Languages (SFL) hosted “The first regional symposium on English Language Teaching in Vietnam” with the participation of more than 130 scholars, language teachers and English major students of the Mekong Delta.

This English teaching methodology event received the attention of experts in the field of linguistics and language teaching from Australia, USA and France as well as local high school teachers.

The bilingual (English – French) symposium Book of Abstract , which had been undergone review process, includes18 projects. Among them, six papers were invited for presentation sections. Three out of the six papers were co-authored projects presented by lecturers and third-year students of the TVU School of Foreign Languages.

Among various topics on English teaching methodologies, a project on “The Effect of Humor on Threat-Induced Anxiety of Vietnamese High School Students in the Classroomconducted by Mr. Truong Thanh Trung, a high school teacher from Duyen Hai district, attracted much attention of the participants.

Another paper, “Integrating Environmental Issues into English Writing Classrooms”  carried out by the SFL’s staff and students, was also one of the projects received in-depth discussion between the authors and participants.

Attending the symposium, the TVU Vice-Rector, Dr. Nguyen Thien Nghia said: “We not only teach our students language knowledge but also provide learners with effective communication skills so that they can use foreign languages as an effective tool for successful international communications.”

Each of the presentation section was followed by a wide range of discussing questions posed by participants.  Most of the questions focus on research methodology, data collection and the application possibilities of the presented projects.

Ms. Dorothée Déjardin, a teacher with ten-year experience of teaching languages, said: “I think the symposium was useful for teachers of all languages and helped us question about our own methodologies. I wished that some presenters went more into details in their analysis though.”

After the symposium, all accepted papers have two months to submit the full texts to the organizing committee. The papers will be then reviewed for publication in the TVU journal of research and development.

By: Huynh, Ngoc Tai